Vincentian NewsFlash
     November 2017
St. Vincent de Paul Feast Day Celebration and Accomplishments
We are grateful to Bishop Foys, the St. Cecilia Conference that hosted and prepared the day’s events, and all who participated in this year’s celebration of our patron saint. Bishop Foys greatly appreciates the service we provide to our neighbors in Northern Kentucky. He emphasized that at the mass and the lunch meeting he invited us to thank Ralph upon his retirement. Bishop Foys is a strong supporter of our mission. Read More…
The Lucky Listener
My first 6 weeks have flown by, already well-marked with lessons learned, big and small. But, the thing I’ve appreciated most thus far is the opportunity to listen.
When my oldest daughter, Emilie, was in the third grade, her teacher instituted a daily homework assignment called Lucky Listener. Over the course of 10 weeks, Emilie would bring home a passage every week and she had the week to read that passage to 10 different people. Each Lucky Listener was asked to sign a paper and comment on Emilie’s reading abilities. After several weeks of ‘listening,’ it was clear that Emilie’s reading abilities improved, not only to us, but to her other listeners. She read with more confidence and more conviction. All the listeners loved to hear her growth. Read More…
Winter Coat Drive
Donate new and gently used coats, hat, scarves and gloves for our Annual Coat Drive and help our Northern KY Neighbors stay warm this winter!  Our goal this year is to give away 3,000 coats! We especially need plus sizes and children’s coats. Donated coats can be dropped off at any of the SVdP thrift stores, Gold Star Chili’s in NKY, Kemba Credit Union in Florence, and these local fire stations: Burlington, Covington, Independence, Edgewood, Erlanger, Florence, Ft. Thomas, Ft. Wright, Hebron, Taylor Mill and Union. Coats can be donated now until the first week of January. Look for the barrels with the St. Vincent de Paul and WLWT News 5 “5 Cares Coat Drive” banner and other sponsor logos.
Ceci’s Shares Hope in What We Do
Ceci remembers a caller that had reached her limit for help. Ceci was able to refer her to other places in the community to get what she needed. A few weeks later the client came in and asked to see someone in the Assistance office just to let them know that the help she had received from us combined with reaching her limit encouraged her to take new steps forward to get a job and change her life situation. Ceci shared that hearing the this story of hope reminded her that her job is one that helps those in need and helps our Vincentians serve the community.
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A huge thank you to all runners, walkers, volunteers, and sponsors who made the 10th Annual Turkeyfoot Trot a fantastic, fun event! And on behalf of our neighbors in need who will receive holiday assistance through St. Vincent de Paul – Northern Kentucky, THANK YOU! Visit ourFacebook page for more photos!
We enjoyed having 25 students fromVilla Madonna here to volunteer in November! They wrapped presents, sorted coats for our Winter Coat Drive and organized baskets for Thanksgiving with fruits, vegetables and other goodies for our neighbors in need during the holidays!
Two of our Best have Retired
We are excited for Doug and Carolyn Ashcraft as they begin their new Adventure of Retirement! But we will miss them and the light they brought to our SVdP office and Florence Store. Thank you for all you did while you were with St. Vincent de Paul!
Carolyn shared an experience with a client that sums up her devotion to St. Vincent de Paul:
On an ordinary Food Pantry day she filled a single mom’s cart with food and was able to give them a fresh pizza donated by Schwann’s. The toddler in the cart cried, telling his mom he was hungry. The mother leaned down and whispered to her son, “shhhh sweet baby, now that mama has food she will go home and cook something good to eat”.
Blessed to help those in need
Notre Dame Students Stock Our Food Pantry
For the past several years Notre Dame students have donated an abundance of nonperishable foods for our pantry. Thanks to their generosity our pantry will be stocked for the winter months and provide food for our Northern KY Neighbors in need. Thank you Notre Dame for helping others Believe in a Brighter Tomorrow!