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Society of St. Vincent de Paul's "House in a Box" Helps Give Tornado Victims a Fresh Start

National program also receives funding support from American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and the Jewish Federation
PEORIA, Ill., Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — When tornadoes tore through several communities around Illinois in November, several thousand families suffered property damage wit…

Charitable Vehicle Donation Program Keeps It Local; Donated Vehicles Can Provide Food, Shelter or Medicine for Those in Need

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — With vehicle donation programs available to benefit every worthy cause imaginable ― everything from animals to kids to veterans ― why donate a used vehicle to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP)? Answer: The vehicle, or the money generated from its s…

$500K Grant for National Ex-Offenders Program Awarded to Society of St. Vincent de Paul

National program to help reintegrate ex-offenders into the community
ST. LOUIS, Nov. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – The National Council of the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) has received a $500,000 grant from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops-Catholic Campaign for Human D…

Society of St. Vincent de Paul™ Continues Rich Tradition of Local Community Outreach with Sponsorship of 6th Annual Friends of the Poor® Walk/Run

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – A family of five lived in their van because the father lost his construction job and can't find another.  An elderly couple on a limited income couldn't pay their utility bills and faced a shut-off just as the weather turned cold.  A woman whose…

Dave Barringer Named CEO for National Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The former executive of the COPD Foundation brings more than 25 years management experience
ST. LOUIS, Aug. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — David Barringer has been named chief executive officer for the National Council of the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  He succeeds Roger Playwin, who is retir…

Society of St. Vincent de Paul to Provide Hands-on Disaster Relief for Oklahoma Tornado Victims

MOORE, Okla., May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP), one of the largest charitable organizations in the nation, is on the ground in Oklahoma to help provide relief to the victims of Monday's tornadoes.   To help individuals and families hit by the storms, t…

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Oversees West, Texas, Disaster Response by Catholic Organizations

FORT WORTH, Texas, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – At the request of Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of the Diocese of Austin, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP), one of the largest charitable organizations in the United States, is overseeing the state-wide response by Catholic organizations to prov…

New Diversity Guide from the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul Recognizes the Many Faces and Colors of Poverty

A Vincentian Guide to Diversity/Multicultural Issues is the first guide of its kind to be published by a Catholic institution

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Poor is poor, right?  In other words, race or ethnic background doesn't matter.  Actually, it does matter – in fac…

Fifth Annual National Friends of the Poor® Walk/Run Raises Record $1.8 Million

Sponsored by the National Council of the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul, this year's event drew more participants, donations and corporate sponsorships than last year
ST. LOUIS, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – By every measure, the 5th Annual Friends of the Poor® Walk/Run, sponsored b…

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Accepting Donations for Hurricane Sandy Victims

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The National Council of the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul is now accepting donations for victims of Hurricane Sandy on its website: http://www.svdpusa.org/.  Donations may also be sent to the National Council office:
58 Progress Parkway
Maryland Hei…

'Survive to Thrive' Is Goal of 5th Annual National Friends of the Poor® Walk/Run

ST. LOUIS, Mo., July 17, 2012 — In response to the poverty rate going up — double in the last 15 years, based on the U.S. Census Bureau — some 20,000 people will put their foot down this fall. In fact, they're expected to put both feet down when they participate in the 5th Annual Nation…

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Named VOAD "Member of the Year"

FORT WORTH, Texas, June 14, 2012 — Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) has recognized the nonprofit Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) as "Member of the Year." SVdP, whose mission is focused on the needy and those living in poverty, was recognized by the National VOAD f…

National President of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul: 'End Poverty Through Systemic Change'

ST.  LOUIS, April 17, 2012 — Jesus told His disciples, "The poor you will always have with you," but the president of one of the largest U.S. charities believes that bold new approaches have to be developed to reduce the hopelessness and indignity of poverty in the United States.
Sheila…

Slovak Association Gives $10K to Society of St. Vincent de Paul

ST. LOUIS, March 27, 2012 — The First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association (FCSLA) has made a gift of $10,000 to the National Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) to help continue the Society's work in providing critical assistance to those in need and living in poverty. FCSLA mad…

Apartment Complex Managed by Society of St. Vincent de Paul Will Allow Navy Veteran to Display U.S. Flag

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 4, 2011 — The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's District Council of Lane County, Ore., has signed an agreement with Edward Zivica, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, to allow him to display his U.S. flag outside his residence in an apartment complex in Springfield, Ore., which is managed…

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Announces $400,000 Revolving Loan Fund to Promote Economic Development in Haiti; Allocates Additional Funds for Student Scholarships and Cholera Prevention

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 4, 2011 — The National Council of the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP), a nonprofit whose mission is to help those in need and living in poverty, announced a $400,000 revolving loan fund to help residents start or expand businesses in Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the…

Nonprofit's Vehicle Donation Program Bucks National Trend: Double-Digit Increases in Six Months

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 11, 2011 — While the recession seems to have taken a toll on most nonprofits' car donation programs, one charitable organization is running counter to that trend: the National Council of the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP). Donations of cars, trucks and other vehicl…

Poverty Summit Promises 'Dramatically Different Approach to Treating Poverty'

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 16, 2011 — The nation needs to seriously re-think how it deals with poverty and change the way resources are directed to the problem, said Joe Flannigan, the national president of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, an international Catholic lay organization whose mission is cente…

Sheila Gilbert Elected National President of U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 6, 2011 — Sheila K. Gilbert was elected president of the National Council of the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP), a Catholic lay organization that works extensively with those in need and living in poverty.
Officially commissioned at the Society's annual meeting o…

Society of St. Vincent de Paul: Alabama's Immigration Law Will Criminalize Charity

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 17, 2011 — The immigration law recently passed by the state of Alabama will make it illegal to practice virtually every facet of Christian charity, said the president of the National Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP), a Catholic lay organization that works extensi…

Tens of Thousands Expected to 'Walk the Talk' at 4th Annual Friends of the Poor® Walk/Run

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 9, 2011 — If you've ever talked about wanting to help those in need or living in poverty in your community, why not "walk the talk" at the 4th Annual Friends of the Poor® Walk/Run on Saturday, September 24, sponsored by the National Council of the Society of St. Vincen…

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Announces Nationwide Soup Donation

ST. LOUIS, June 28, 2011 — Families suffering from hunger across the country will go to bed a little less hungry in the next several months because of 12 tractor trailers of soup mixes delivered through the National Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP).
Provided by an anonymous donor,…

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Requests Donations to Aid Victims of Domestic Natural Disasters

ST. LOUIS, June 9, 2011 — The nonprofit National Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) today announced a nationwide appeal for tax-deductible donations to its "Domestic Disaster Relief Fund."
"This has been an unprecedented year for natural disasters," sai…

Society of St. Vincent de Paul: Cut the Bureaucracy in the National Budget Without Putting Millions at Risk

ST. LOUIS, March 10, 2011 — Jon Sass, 55, was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, but he has volunteered six days a week for more than three years at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) in San Antonio, Texas. He helps with cleaning and organizing, the delivery of food to the SVdP pantry, and pi…

Society of St. Vincent de Paul's National Vehicle Donation Program Generates More Than $350,000 in Six Months

ST. LOUIS, March 1, 2011 — Elaine Holmes of Pensacola, Fla., was elated a few months ago when she received an unexpected check in the mail for $960. Holmes, who serves as the executive director for the Pensacola Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP), couldn't believe it, so she cal…

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Receives a 'Soup-er' Donation

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 10, 2011 — If chicken soup is good for the soul, then more than half a million souls across the country will be glad because the National Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) is receiving a donation of 11,592 cases of Hearty Dry Chicken Noodle Soup, courtesy of Bear Creek C…

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Awards $20K in Grants to Help Needy in Eight Communities

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 18, 2011 — The National Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) today awarded $20,000 in grants to help eight communities in four states. Ranging from $2,000 to $5,000, the grants are part of the Society's annual Friends of the Poor® grant program and will provide a…

Society of St. Vincent de Paul: More People Seeking Assistance Than Ever Before

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 16, 2010 — As government statistics reflect a rising poverty rate — from around 13 percent in 2008 to more than 14 percent in 2009 — the nonprofit Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) is seeing that need first-hand in the people served by the organization.
"We provi…