Because of YOU…There is HOPE
SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DEPAUL
Where: St. Henry Wehage Hall located at 3813 Dixie Highway; Elsmere, KY 41018
When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 8 AM to 3 PM
What: Ozanam Orientation is a program designed for all Vincentians, not just new members. If you have not attended in the past, you should attend.
Come – Join us in a spiritually focused day!
We are “more than a can of beans.” Come and explore what it really means to be a Vincentian. This orientation is participative learning and sharing from materials provided by National SVdP.
Instructors for this training: Deacon Mike Lyman (St. William), Dennis Coyne (St. Barbara)
Send an email to Deacon Mike Lyman (Ozanam Coordinator) deaconmikelyman1@
Please provide the following in your email:
Position – if you are an officer in the Conference, please state your title
RESERVATIONS DUE – April 16, 2018
SPACE LIMITED TO 36 PARTICIPANTS
For more information, contact: Deacon Mike Lyman at 1-859-806-4440 or your conference president.
Our SVdP officers for 2017:
1) President, Kathy McDonough
2) Vice President, Elaine Roberts
3)Treasurer, Patti Merz
4) Conference Secretary, Diane Pettit
Who We Are:
Our Saint Vincent De Paul Society (SVdP) was started in 2004. It has grown over time and has added a food pantry which services clients throughout Grant County. Currently the conference meets every second Wednesday of the month at 7pm in Leveaque Hall.
Officers of the conference are Joyce Lyman, President; Mary Tom Clemons, Vice President; Patti Merz, Treasurer; and Diane Pettit, Secretary.
The mission of SVdP are threefold. First is the development of spirituality for the SVdP members. Second is care for those in need through charity and justice. Third is the development of christian community and friendship for the members.
News from the Group
St. Vincent de Paul Needs Your Help!
Our food pantry struggles to keep peanut butter, jelly and crackers on the shelves. This high protein convenience food needs no refrigeration or cooking, making it easy for families. Most kids love it, so it’s also a staple for low-income families. However, it is one of the more expensive foods to donate, and so contributions never keep up with demand. If each parishioner or family donated one jar of peanut butter, one jar of jelly and one box of crackers, what a difference we could make! Please leave your gifts on the table in the gathering area. Your generosity is appreciated. Thanks. “For I was hungry, and you gave me food.” Matthew 23:35
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March 9, 2018
Now that I’ve reached my six-month mark as part of this wonderful family, I wanted to share with you a state of the Society and the plans we are considering as we move forward. I would first like to thank all of you for the warm welcome and the help you’ve offered. Even more importantly, the work you do to serve our neighbors in need, person to person, is unmatched by any other service organization. This very personal service, the caring and the hope you bring with every visit is what sets
St. Vincent de Paul apart from so many others. Some great things have happened over the course of my first six months here:
As Vincentians, you’ve made over 1,750 home visits, reaching 5,000 individuals and providing over $400,000 in some kind of emergency assistance. When we account for the impact of our stores, we’ve reached 15,000 people in our community, on pace with our reach this time last year.
We’ve fed over 8,000 people, provided nearly 1000 winter coats, made the holidays happier for 400 families, kept 550 people safe in their homes by helping them with their housing expenses, and kept 1400 individuals healthy and warm by providing utility assistance.
You’ve supported each other generously without hesitation. Thanks to your generous support, St. Mary has continued to serve inner city Newport and we’ve welcomed St. Henry as a new conference to serve the needs of the Erlanger Elsmere area.
We chose to eliminate donation pick-up fees, instead requesting donations to offset our transportation cost. With this approach, our donations have increased, with most donors more than happy to provide a monetary donation to offset our costs.
We’ve implemented improvements to our vouchers, making it easier on our neighbors in need to redeem these vouchers in our stores. Because of your good ideas, we have more improvements to implement in the back half of the year.
We’ve partnered with the Emergency Cold Shelter, Life Learning Center, Welcome House and Lincoln Grant Scholar House by using monthly in-kind promotions in our stores to provide items they may need and by expanding and formalizing our referral programs with these agencies.
We’ve been blessed to receive significant volunteer support through our new Sunday Sort program as well as the relationships our assistance office has built with schools and organizations. Our volunteer hours have increased by 33% relative to our first six months last year.
We’ve kicked off our online sales program in an effort to raise more funds to support our programs. In just six weeks, we’ve raised just over $2,000.
We also experienced a few development wins with an increase in proceeds distributed to the conferences from this year’s TurkeyFoot Trot and our most successful annual appeal.
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From a financial perspective, the first quarter ended on a high note with the organization enjoying a surplus. However, we experienced a tough month financially in January. The general post-holiday lull we always experience was exacerbated by the cold and icy weather. This combination led to disappointing store sales, setting forth a challenge to meet our objectives for the rest of the year. All that said, I am confident we can meet this challenge.
From a stores perspective, we’ve consulted with SVdP Cincinnati and received some helpful advice in inventory management and merchandising. We will be implementing their recommendations as soon as possible. Specifically, they’ve pointed out that we need to get more items on our racks more quickly. Our increase in volunteer efforts will be part of the solution to put this suggestion to work.
We have some fun promotions planned to better engage with our customers. During the month of March, we are hosting a customer Easter Egg Hunt every Wednesday in our stores. For early May, we’ve planned a Girls’ Day Out and in late June, we’ll host a Toys for Boys sale.
We are also very excited about our new development advisory committee. We have many new ideas coming out of our first meeting on ways we can further develop our fundraising efforts. Some are simple changes that can reap dividends. Some will require more careful planning and implementation. We expect the implementation of these ideas will help us generate more fundraising revenue that will help us meet the challenge ahead. Now that I am settled, it’s time to turn our attention to the long term strategy. Over the next couple of months, we will be working together as an Executive Board to discuss our strategic future. These strategic priorities under discussion are:
Examining our special works programs (Sweet Dreams, Central Food Pantry, Summer Breeze) to ensure we maximize our impact with the resources at hand.
Mapping out our fundraising strategy beyond our traditional efforts with the help of the development
Thinking through our physical infrastructure needs to make St. Vincent de Paul a place where our neighbors in need feel comfortable and that our employees want to work.
Planning the future of our stores and considering new approaches to increase sales to support our programs.
Partnering with other agencies to leverage our respective strengths to help those in need break the cycle of poverty.
I am very excited about what lies ahead. Moving forward, I plan to stay in touch quarterly to provide a clear vision for what’s ahead for our St. Vincent de Paul. Thank you for your support during my transition. I am blessed.