The conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) is a Catholic organization dedicated to serving individuals and families in our community during tough times. We provide tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. It is through this personal involvement that makes the work of the Society unique. SVdP provides emergency one-time assistance, often networking with other area SVDP conferences, charitable, and government organizations. Assistance includes help with utility bills, rent, transportation and medical expenses. Most importantly, we provide emotional and when needed, spiritual support to ease a difficult time. Members of the Society grow spiritually through fellowship and in service to our neighbors.
Thank You and Update from the St. Mary SVdP Ministry
St Vincent de Paul Conference (SVdP) would like to take this opportunity to thank the Parish and our fellow Parishioners for the support of another successful Thanksgiving and Christmas food drive. In addition, we are sharing our observations serving those in need during the covid pandemic.
Parish and SVdP Food & School Drives
In 2020, we transitioned our food and school supply distribution to gift cards for our friends in need in addition to supporting the Most Blessed Trinity and Santa Maria Del Popolo food pantries. Each drive was very successful and generously supported by our Parish. We received heart felt emails and thank you notes from the people we serve, so we pass along that gratitude to you as well.
Brief Update from the Conference
For a charitable organization founded on the principle of fostering personal client support via in-home meetings, we have transitioned to video and phone calls to reach out to those in need. Overall, the number of clients we served increased only slightly compared to past years. This is surprising considering the sharp increase in unemployment or reduced income. This trend is shared with other SVDP conferences in our area and Fremont Township who provides support to residents in need through the emergency assistance program.
However, the future is much more uncertain. According to a recent survey by the U.S. Census Bureau, 35% of US households report not being current on rent or mortgage payments where eviction in the next two months is either “very likely or somewhat likely.” The percentage in Illinois from the December survey is slightly higher at 40%. While we hope for the improvement in employment in the coming months, we will eventually see the end in government assistance for those affected by the pandemic.
The bottom line for SVdP is that our clients often are individuals and families that are one step away from homelessness. Given the potential for future evictions, we expect to see a large increase in need at some point, and SVdP will be ready to help.
SVdP will not be able to hold our annual Pasta Party this Spring. This event is not only our annual fundraiser for SVdP but also an important Parish social event where we are able to ‘connect’ with our fellow parishioners/supporters. While this bulletin article does not begin to replace the comradery of the event, please accept our heartfelt appreciation and thanks for your generosity, faith, and the trust you have bestowed on us to help those in need.
If you donated to SVdP in 2020 by check you will be receiving a confirmation letter in late January. If you do not receive a letter and wish to receive a letter please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Mary of the Annunciation St Vincent de Paul Society
A message from the Society in this time of need:
We understand that the Covd-19 crisis is creating economic hardships for individuals and families. The Society of St. Vincent DePaul at St. Mary’s is actively supporting residents in our local community. SVDP members typically meet with clients in their homes. While home visits are suspended, we are still communicating by phone and video conference with people in need.
If you need assistance:
- Please call the St. Mary’s St. Vincent DePaul at 224.522.8863 or email email@example.com
- We often recommend that you contact your Township office to determine if your family meets the eligibility requirements through the General Assistance program or other programs administered by the local Townships. Fremont Township can be reached at 847.223.2847 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you live in a neighboring Township see the link below.
Request for support:
St. Mary’s Parish has always been incredibly supportive financially of SVDP. Thank you! If you have not been economically affected by the Covd-19 crisis and you would like to help SVDP financially during these times, please mail a check made out to Saint Vincent de Paul Society and send it to:
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Saint Mary of the Annunciation Parish
22333 W. Erhart Rd.
Mundelein, IL 60060
St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store
The St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store accepts clothing, linens, and other small household items (dishes, pots, pans, lamps, etc). Your donations help us serve those in need with the basics for human dignity.
1125 S Milwaukee Ave Libertyville, IL 60048
St. Vincent DePaul Pasta Party
SVdP will not be able to hold our annual Pasta Party in Spring 2021. This event is not only our annual fundraiser for SVdP but also an important Parish social event where we are able to ‘connect’ with our fellow parishioners/supporters. While this bulletin article does not begin to replace the comradery of the event, please accept our heartfelt appreciation and thanks for your generosity, faith, and the trust you have bestowed on us to help those in need.