"Charity is the cement which binds Communities to God and persons to one another."
-St. Vincent de Paul
The dictionary defines "community" as a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.This is the environment that Marillac St. Vincent Family Services tries to invoke through our programs and services. We try to bring people together who believe in our mission to strengthen and empower those most in need to reach their greatest potential. As a result, we have a diverse group of individuals and groups - staff, clients, volunteers, board members, donors, and community partners - who come together to bring our vision to life. You can see how people can come together in different ways to help build Marillac St. Vincent's community. How will you join our community?
A group of five teenagers enrolled in this year's Peacebuilders Initiative and spent a week at Marillac St. Vincent Family Services at the beginning of the summer. The group split their time between Marillac and St. Vincent's. The week started off with an afternoon in the Nearly New Thrift Store, sorting clothes, cleaning the store, and shelving merchandise. Two days were spent at Marillac's food pantry, unloading the food truck, stocking shelves, and assisting clients with their shopping. The group ended the week hosting a bingo and ice cream social event for St. Vincent's senior clients.
We are thankful to the Peacebuilders group and Catholic Theological Union for helping out our community in such an impactful way. We are also inspired by seeing such young people determined to change the world in such a positive manner. We cannot wait to see what their futures hold.
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On Saturday, June 21st, the Greater Chicago Food Depository held their 29th annual Hunger Walk. Thousands of men, women and children gathered on Chicago's lakefront to raise funds and awareness for the fight to end hunger in Cook County. The Hunger Walk was a memorable day where organizations, businesses and individuals of all types came together and raised their collective voice to say that No 1 Should Go Hungry.
Over 15,000 people attended. Marillac St. Vincent Family Services had about 100 people representing our food pantries, enough to fill 3 school buses. The Marillac team included food pantry recipients, volunteers, and staff members from Marillac and St. Vincent's.
You can still contribute to this amazing cause and event. The Greater Chicago Food Depository will match any donations made by July 31st, up to $1,000. All donations go directly to our food pantries.
-If we raise $500, we will receive a $100 match.
-If we raise $2,500, we will receive a $500 match.
-If we raise $5,000, we will receive a $1,000 match.
Edelman Community Grant
Cathy Ipema is a long-time supporter and friend of Marillac St. Vincent Family Services, serving as a volunteer and member of our Fleur de Lis Ball Committee. Her family is also involved with the Centers, with her two oldest children, Jim and Kristen, serving on our Associate Board. Cathy is a Senior Vice President for Edelman Chicago.
Through Kathy's leadership, St. Vincent de Paul Center has been the proud recipient of an Edelman Community Investment Grant for the past few years.
Cathy Ipema recently wrote a blog post for Edelman's website to describe why Marillac St. Vincent's is so important to her and to our community. Read part of her post below:
"Nearly 10 years ago, I was introduced to St. Vincent de Paul Center (SVDPC) by a dear friend and became immediately enamored with its mission to provide daycare for the working poor.
As a working mom, I was fortunate to be able to afford wonderful child care for my children, and knowing that my children were well cared for was a huge comfort as I went to work every day. I love the fact that I can participate in some small way to support those who need to work with access to wonderful child care through SVDPC.
To read her full blog, please click here.
Marillac Social Center
212 South Francisco Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60612
Main: (773) 722-7440
Fax: (773) 722-1469
St. Vincent de Paul Center
2145 North Halsted Street
Chicago, Illinois 60614
Main: (312) 943-6776
Fax: (312) 943-2257 www.marillacstvincent.org