Imagine what Louise de Marillac and Vincent de Paul would think of our ministry at Marillac St. Vincent Family Services. If they could travel in time from Chatillon, France in 1624, when they began collaborating, to Chicago in 2017, to see that the foundation they built is still standing strong, almost 400 years later. I wish they could know what an inspiration their ministry has been for those of us that serve in their legacy.
St. Louise and St. Vincent set an example for service that embraced both humility and gratitude. They believed in a holistic approach to this service that addressed the body, mind, and spirit of the individual. In light of the violence and poverty plaguing our communities in Chicago, we find it a great privilege at Marillac St. Vincent to be a beacon of hope for families who are looking for a better way. Providing education, food, and a new lease on life for our isolated and marginalized neighbors.
Each day, we bring education opportunities to over 800 infants, toddlers, and school-age children. As one of the ten largest food pantries in Cook County, we distributed nearly 600,000 pounds of food last year alone. And 90% of the homebound seniors we work with have been able to stay in their homes to age in place.
That is who we are. But who are you?
You might be a parent looking for quality early education opportunities for your children. Maybe you are reentering the workforce for the first time in a while, but you don’t know how to write a resume or use a computer. Perhaps you Googled “Chicago food pantries” on your phone, and you’ve stumbled here, looking for nourishment for your family. Or you might even be a retiree, looking to give back to your community by volunteering.
Whatever brought you here, we are glad you made it. And with our new, mobile-friendly, simplified site, we hope you will find the resources you are looking for more easily.
Chief Programs Officer, Marillac St. Vincent Family Services