St. Vincent de Paul Society
The St. Vincent DePaul Society seeks to provide, in confidence, material and financial assistance to parishioners and neighbors in need. We coordinate direct assistance, sponsor a collection at Thanksgiving, and coordinate meals at Thanksgiving and Easter. We also direct those in need to other city and neighborhood aid agencies. We welcome new members to the committee; additionally, anyone may help with specific outreach and assistance tasks.The St. Vincent DePaul Society meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 7:30-8:30 PM in the rectory. For further information, either to provide or seek assistance, please call Dennis Conway 773.779.6064, Bill Waddell 773-896-7801 or email [email protected]
Wednesday mornings from 10 am to noon. Contact Bill Waddell for more information.
Pilgrim Faith Church works under Beds Plus (9411 S. 51st Avenue, Oak Lawn, 60453)
Friday mornings from 6 am to 7:30 am. Volunteers serve breakfast and clean up.Contact Denny Conway for more information.
Maria Shelter, owned and operated by the Institute of Women Today (“IWT”)(www.instituteofwomentoday.org), provides interim housing for 50 homeless women and children. The shelter offers counseling and case management services, job readiness training, and a host of other services for the women and children. Maria Shelter is located in the old St. Carthage Buildings, donated to IWT by Cardinal Bernadin. For additional information regarding how you might assist Maria Shelter in its works and mission, please contact Maria Hibbs 773.238.6441.
PADS Shelters – Various LocationsThe goal of PADS (“Public Action to Deliver Shelter”) is to provide hospitality, food and shelter to homeless people in the community.
- Nearby suburban PADS shelters (www.sspads.org) are open from 7pm to 7am, seven days a week, from October 1 through April 30. Volunteers staff the sites, prepare and serve the meals, and offer support in a safe environment.
- The Chicago PADS site, 3121 W. 71st Street (www.swchicagopads.org), is open year-round for various meals and social services, but does not provide overnight accommodations.
- Wednesday pm/Thursday am: Our Lady of the Ridge, Chicago Ridge
- Wednesday dinner: SW Chicago PADS, 3121 W. 71st Street, Chicago
- Thursday pm/Friday am: Pilgrim Faith Church, Oak Lawn
- Friday pm/Saturday am: Sacred Heart Church, Palos Hills
- Saturday breakfasts (May-Sep)/dinner (Oct-Apr): SWChicago PADS, 3121 W.71st Street
Additional volunteers and volunteer teams are always welcome.For further information, please contact Dennis Conway, 773.779.6064.
SLEEP OUT SUCCESS
On November 18-19, a group of intrepid volunteers braved subfreezing temperatures to sleep outside in the school parking lot in solidarity with the ministry work of the Covenant House of Illinois, a shelter for homeless youth on Chicago's west side. Led by Denny Conway and members of our St. Vincent DePaul Society and our Human Concerns Committee, the group raised awareness of the plight of homeless and at-risk youth of our city. To learn more about Covenant House, please visit https://www.covenanthouseil.org/
Quote from Caley Byrne Doran: “We did not make it through the night. The kids were sound asleep and as cozy all bundled up as can be, but I was the one who was freezing and woke them up to leave about 2am. It sure was an eye opening experience for all of us. We walked in the door afterward and felt the rush of heat as well as instant gratefulness for all we have. It was a very tangible way to recognize how significant being homeless truly is and how we can give what we have, whether it be possessions, funding or our time to help in aiding those who have so little. I hope they expand on this and do it in a similar capacity in the future.“