Homeless Outreach Luncheon 2011
On November 12, 2011, St. Vincent de Paul Center kicked off the holiday season by hosting its 36th annual Homeless Outreach Luncheon and Resource Fair.
The Center opened its doors to over 400 homeless men, women, and children. These individuals were invited to share a traditional Thanksgiving meal, with over 200 volunteers and staff members, who were on hand to create a warm and welcoming environment.
This was the first in a series of holiday events at the St. Vincent de Paul Center that will help make the holidays a little brighter for everyone in the community. The event not only fed them, but also aimed to help “winterize” the homeless. Our guests received winter essentials such as thermal underwear, coats, hats, gloves, and toiletries; many of these items are generously donated from individuals, organizations, and churches throughout the year. Clients had the opportunity to speak with healthcare providers, housing agencies, and job training facilitators, all of whom assist with social service needs.
As a past volunteer remarked, “It’s an expression of care and concern for the men and women in need. It was the only alternative that some of them have to receive these items. It was a day of importance for the individuals and were so excited because it really was the kick-off event for the homeless during the holidays.”
The event served as the beginning of the Santa Mike series, which has transformed the face of the Center and the lives of its clients over the past 41 years. Named after Mike Sturch, a former trader at the Chicago Board of Trade, “Santa Mike” and Friends will also host a children’s party followed by a senior party throughout the holiday series..
St. Vincent de Paul Center wants all to remember that the holidays are not the only time these men and women need assistance. Donating food, material and monetary goods are welcome and encouraged throughout the year.
For more information, contact Tracie Frederick at (312) 278-4219 or email@example.com
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