St. Juan Diego Conference, St. Vincent de Paul Portland Council

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a worldwide Catholic organization of laypersons, open to all who wish to live their faith by loving and serving their neighbor. Generally on a person-to-person basis, members of the Society help those in need, regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, gender, orientation, handicap or religion. The Society's work may encompass any form of aid that alleviates suffering and it strives to discover and redress situations, which cause suffering.
Mar 19, 2014

Q1 2014 Report

During the first three months of this year our average number of clients has dropped somewhat as is typical of this time of year, since clients normally have additional income due to receipt of tax refunds.  We have also heard of some success stories where regular clients no longer need assistance after finding full time employment.  However we continue to average approximately 10 client families per service day.

Our backpack program serves 44 children (33 at McKinley and 11 at Springville Elementary School).  We average 900 pounds of food provided per month through this program.  This represents an increase in amount of food provided due in large part to the increased number of extended weekends caused by the fewer number of school days.

Due in part to your generosity, we also continue to assist clients monthly with limited financial assistance for rental or utility payments.  Most of these payments avert an imminent client eviction or utility shut off. 

Thank you very much for your continuing support!

Dec 31, 2013

Q4 2013 Report

During November we averaged 15 families per service day, which is a record number for our food pantry.  Although this left our shelves quite bare, we were able to restock with the help of local food drives by the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, patrons of Godfathers Pizza restaurants and students at Sunset High School.  However, we know from experience we will be facing bare shelves again within the next couple of months. 

We were also able to help 37 local families with Christmas food boxes and gift cards for both a meat purchase and children's gifts. 

Our backpack program continues to grow as we now serve 33 kids at McKinley Elementary and 12 kids at Springville Elementary Schools with weekend food.

In November we assisted four families with rental assistance and one family with utility assistance.  In December we assisted three families with utility and one with rental assistance.  Also in December we assisted one family with a security deposit, which allowed them to spend Christmas in their own home.  One homeless man whose mother had recently died was assisted with two nights lodging at a local motel.

Your generosity allows us to continure making a difference in the lives of those in need.  We hope you had a blessed Christmas and have a happy New Year to come! 

Oct 14, 2013

Q3 2013 Report

During August we averaged 13 and September over 14 families served per service day at our food pantry.  In September this equated to 173 families (413 adults and 302 children) who received 12,700 pounds of food.  This was a record month for number of families served.  The results of this record can be seen in the large empty spaces on our shelves.  We have been scrambling to purchase some of the staples missing from our shelves such as rice and beans.

With the beginning of the school year we again are providing weekend food assistance to school children and their families in need from McKinley (30 kids) and Springville (10 kids) elementary schools through our backpack program.  We also continue to assist local families with emergency rent or utility assistance.  In September we assisted two families with rent and two families with utility assistance.

Your help in our continuing mission to help those in need in our community is very much appreciated!   

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