2012 Homeless Outreach Luncheon
On Saturday, November 10, 2012, St. Vincent de Paul Center kicked off the holiday season by hosting its 37th annual Homeless Outreach Luncheon and Resource Fair. On November 10th, from 11am to 2pm, the Center opened its doors to over 600 homeless men, women, and children, making it the largest to date.
These families and individuals were invited to share a traditional Thanksgiving meal, with almost 400 volunteers and staff members, who were on hand to create a warm and welcoming environment. This is the first in a series of holiday events at the Center that help make the holidays a little brighter for everyone in the community. The event not only feeds the homeless, but also aims to help “winterize” them. 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 also had the opportunity to speak with healthcare providers, housing agencies, and job training facilitators, all of whom assisted with social service needs. This year, the event also featured access to dental care and personal hygiene services such as manicures and haircuts.
As a past volunteer remarked, “It’s an expression of care and concern for the men and women in need. It is the only alternative that some of them have to receive these items. It is a day of importance for the individuals and we are so excited because it really is the kick-off event for the homeless during the holidays.”
The event serves 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 42 years. Named after Mike Sturch, a former trader at the Chicago Merchantile Exchange, “Santa Mike” and Friends will also host a children’s party followed by a senior party throughout the holidays.
For more information, contact Katy Murphy at (312) 278-4220 or email@example.com