Year-end 2014 Update on Activities of St. Charles Borromeo St. Vincent de Paul Society

We thought you might like to see how your generous donations to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul have been used within the St Charles Borromeo Community during 2014. Through your help, we were able to provide utility, rent, food, clothing and furniture assistance to 526 families (1,074 people). Among these, we were able to provide temporary lodging to 34 homeless. The breakdown of our financial support follows:

Income:

Collections $71,721
Donations 4,428
Corporate matching funds 1,300
Memorials 6,120
Support from other local Vincent de Paul conferences & councils 12,805
Miscellaneous (Friends of Poor Walk & other) 1,653
TOTAL INCOME $98,027

TOTAL EXPENSE: $108,296

We are pleased to report that $7,734 of our expenses went to support Birthright of St. Charles in the fine work they do in advocating for life.

In addition, we were able to provide assistance to our clients worth more than $1,200 through the redemption of credits earned from the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store. These credits were earned from contributions to the Thrift Store from the Mini Vinnies Rummage Sale and the SVdP Clothing Drive.

Our Holiday programs provided food and gifts to many more families:

  • No Hunger Holiday (Thanksgiving meals) assisted 67 families and more than 200 individuals
  • Giving Tree (Christmas) provided food and gifts to 97 families and 370 individuals

At the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen, St. Vincent de Paul members dedicated more than 1,300 hours and served more than 4,600 meals to the hungry during 2014.

Finally, we were able to direct our clients to other social agencies from whom they could receive more or different assistance: United Way, NECAC, Catholic Charities, St. Joachim & Ann Care Services and many other church organizations. We made dozens of referrals to the FISH and O.A.S.I.S. food pantries and were even able to refer a qualified client to the Jobs for Life Program, sponsored by O.A.S.I.S, where he has received tutoring, resume building help, interview skills training, and, best of all, a job.

Our youth program, the Mini Vinnies, continued to provide special value and additional assistance to the community throughout the year. Their activities included:

  • Grew weekly Backpack Program (lunches for underserved children) from 35 to 50 backpacks per week
  • Soup Kitchen: planned menu, purchased food, prepared and served 403 meals
  • Foodbank: processed 12,030 lbs. of food plus 7 pallets of senior food boxes
  • Received and distributed a donation of 1800 Cliff bars
  • Distributed a donation of more than 1,600 food items donated by Trinity Lutheran Church and Thrivent Financial
  • Hosted a carnival at Mt. Carmel for 50+ seniors; later in the year went back just to visit
  • Made 200+ cards to support the “Dig Pink” hospital cards project
  • Represented SCB and SVdP at the EWTN Radiothon, the Kiwanis and at a St. Vincent de Paul District Meeting
  • Sponsored and staffed the May/June Mini Vinnie Rummage Sale
  • Chalked the school parking lots with facts about the hungry during “Go Orange for No Kid Hungry” and collected more than 400 food items for the backpack program
  • Performed 2 “yard makeovers” for elderly SCB parishioners
  • Dedicated 12.5 hrs. of service to “No Hunger Holiday” and 223.5 hrs. of service to the Giving Tree Program

And, as a reminder, all your contributions are spent right here in our community, helping our neighbors and friends through difficult times or assisting those who can use a hand up. Our operating expenses were under $2,500 for the year, so almost every dollar was used in support of our mission to serve the poor and underprivileged.

We cannot thank you enough for your continued support. If not for you, we could not do any of the work we find so challenging and fulfilling. If you are interested in learning more about St. Vincent de Paul or in joining, please contact Joyce Cain at 636-448-2021.