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New Pope Francis Center to serve in hope of a better tomorrow
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Chicago continues its fight on poverty with the opening of a new social service agency called the Pope Francis Center. The Center, named after Pope Francis for his relentless crusade for the poor and vulnerable, helps provide lasting systemic change in the lives of people who come there for help.
The Pope Francis Center, located at 2815 North Kimball Avenue in Chicago, serves the SVdP District IV and District VII service areas – individuals and families who live north of Fullerton Avenue in Chicago. Those who live outside these areas are referred to programs closer to their home.
"We are looking to service people whose needs are chronic in nature with an aim to assist those in a position to transition out of poverty using our Systemic Change Hope-in-Action program," Voice of the Poor Chair Pamela Matambanadzo said. "It is our hope that through the Pope Francis Center, the SVdP Chicago Council will be better equipped to provide lasting change in the lives of the people we serve."
The Center works in conjunction with the SVdP Conferences to provide services to those clients in which the conferences are not equipped to provide such as financial literacy, job search and resume help, computer and internet assistance, landlord issues, help with applying for public benefits, and much more.
"We are here to help families learn about ways to improve their lives," Case Manager Angelica Irigoyen said. Irigoyen has ten years of experience helping low-income, minority and teen clients. "I want to empower people and teach them their rights and knowledge of resources that sometimes they don't know exist."
Irigoyen works full-time at the Center alongside Hospitality Manager Yollima Brito, who provides clients and visitors a comfortable and welcoming experience. "I plan on doing this by listening first to understand. I believe that my calling in life is to help others in need. I want to help people do better for themselves, their families, and their communities," Brito said.
The Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Funding for the Pope Francis Center is provided by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago; therefore, financial donations are always needed and greatly appreciated.
A Grand Opening!
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago headquarters makes new home in Schiller Park
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Chicago celebrated the Grand Opening of its new headquarters at 10525 Delta Parkway in Schiller Park on December 9. Festivities included a blessing by Assistant Spiritual Advisor Fr. Gerry Kelly, ribbon-cutting ceremony in coordination with the Chamber by O'Hare, and open house for Society members, donors, volunteers, and local dignitaries. Village President/Mayor Barbara Piltaver was on hand to welcome the Society to the Village of Schiller Park.
The new headquarters, conveniently located off Interstate 294 at Irving Park and Mannheim Roads, will serve as a central donation drop-off and processing center, truck dispatch center, and SVdP Chicago administrative office.
"We are thrilled to be part of the Schiller Park community," CEO James Lonergan said. "Ease of highway access and our 30,000 square foot facility allows us to efficiently and effectively process more donations to serve our brothers and sisters in need throughout Cook and Lake counties."
SVdP is the oldest charity in Chicago and serves approximately 800,000 needy families and individuals every year. More than 2,000 volunteers bring help, hope, and the compassion of Christ to the most vulnerable of our society, assisting with food, shelter, clothing, transportation, and emotional and spiritual comfort.
Donations are always needed and welcome. Gently used clothing, furniture, and household items may be dropped off at any one of the three SVdP thrift store drop-off sites in Chicago, Libertyville, and Orland Park. Additional convenient ways to donate include more than 60 drop boxes located at Catholic parishes throughout the area, and free furniture pick-up service available by calling 773-779-6700. A drop-off center will soon be available at the new location in Schiller Park.
Visit svdpchicago.org for updates and more information about accepted and unaccepted donations and donation drop-off locations. In general, all donated items should be gently used, clean, and in working condition – items your family and friends would enjoy using.
"We are a closer community when we treat each other with dignity and respect. Many people who come to us for help may be one paycheck away from poverty. If we can help them by providing a bridge or fill a gap or a need, we may be able to lead some of these people out of poverty," said Lonergan.
2015 Annual Memorial Mass & Awards Ceremony
Ceremony celebrates Vincentians in Chicago who walk in the footsteps of St. Vincent de Paul and Blessed Frederic Ozanam
Vincentians, friends and family members gathered together on the feast day of St. Vincent de Paul, Sunday, September 27, at St. Pascal Church in Chicago for our Annual Memorial Mass and Awards Ceremony.
We were delighted and honored to have our Spiritual Advisor Monsignor Michael Boland and Assistant Spiritual Advisor Father Gerard Kelly celebrate our Mass and renew our Vincentian commitment again this year. Special appreciation and thanks to our participating Con-Celebrants, the Very Reverend Paul G. Seaman of St. Pascal and Deacon Paul Spalla of St. Mary of the Lake.
Beautiful music and vocals for our celebration were provided by St. Pascal Director of Music Anthony Jurich and the St. Pascal Choir.
Past and present Vincentians were prayed for and honored for their service to the poor in the spirit of our founder Frederic Ozanam and patron St. Vincent de Paul. Awards were presented to several Vincentian members and friends of the Society nominated by their peers for outstanding service.
Council President Bill Soucie and Chief Executive Officer James Lonergan officiated the presentation of awards.
The Ozanam Award was presented to the following Vincentians for their years of outstanding service over and above the ministry of a conference member.
(Front L-R) Judson and Susan McCarthy of Incarnation, Palos Heights (District X); Jack Ennenbach of St. Gilbert, Grayslake (District I); James Cull of St. Stephen, Deacon & Martyr, Tinley Park (District X); Nelida Gonzalez of Our Lady of Grace, Chicago (District VII); Sandra Sanchez of Our Lady of Grace, Chicago (District VII); Pamela Matambanadzo of St. Mary of the Lake, Chicago (District IV). (Back L-R) Rich Meyers of St. Francis de Sales, Lake Zurich (District I); Msgr. Michael Boland, Fr. Gerard Kelly, Deacon Paul Spalla.
The Servant Leader Award is presented to a past or present board member who has shown life-long dedication to the Society.
Mike Herring accepting a posthumous award for his uncle, Joseph Herring of St. Nicholas, Evanston (Past District II President/Board Member)
David Kelliher of Our Lady of the Woods, Orland Park
The Top Hat Award is given to a person or group of people who are not members, but help the Society in extraordinary ways.
Grand Knight Tom Lynch (third from right), and Joe & Jan Graham accepting on behalf of Knights of Columbus Cardinal Stritch Council #3674 – Libertyville
Nadine Mihaljevic accepting on behalf of Libertyville Bank and Trust, A Wintrust Financial Corporation
The Youth Award is presented to a member or group of a St. Vincent de Paul Youth Conference for outstanding service to those in need.
(L-R) Deacon Paul Spalla, Fr. Gerard Kelly, Jeremy Keen and Yessenia Rivera of Queen of Angels, Chicago (District IV), and Msgr. Michael Boland. (Not pictured: Maximilian Michaels of Queen of Angels)
Congratulations to all of our award nominees and recipients! Click here for complete list of 2015 nominees.
Thank you to outgoing officers Jim Cicero, Dist. VI President (not pictured); Ed Stachon, Dist. VIII President (far left); David Kelliher, Dist. X President (far right) for the years they have served on the Board. They have been faithful and true to the poor and have served them with dignity and respect.
Welcome incoming officers Tim Ackerman, Board Member at Large (not pictured), Steve Amann, Dist. X President (far left), Victor Gonzalez, Dist. VII President (far right), Jim Plepel, Sr., Dist. VIII President (second from right), and Kristin McMurray-Schmelter, Board Member at Large (not pictured). Thank you for accepting the three years term as a member of the SVdP board.
Special thanks to Mujeres Unidas (Women United) for providing our meal. Mujeres Unidas provides opportunities for unemployed women in the community to build upon skills they have learned in their lives and help them create job opportunities for themselves. We are proud to have provided an opportunity for them at this year's Annual Memorial Mass and Awards Ceremony.