A huge thank you to the staff at Progressive Insurance in Bothell for their donation drive efforts! Your support will go a long way to help our neighbors in need!
Archives for February 2014
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Thank you to the 9th grade students from the Northwest School who volunteered in our Food Bank today and helped serve 1,749 people from 467 households.
We want to extend a huge thank you to the guys from the Seattle Asian Sports Club basketball team for volunteering at our Burien Thrift Store last weekend. It is great to have young people visit to learn more about SVdP and volunteer. Thank you!
Mary Jo moved to Florida from the NW and quickly realized that she did not need most of her winter clothes, so instead of donating the items in Florida where warm weather great might not be needed as much, she sent us a huge box full of coats and sweaters.
Donations to our thrift stores really help fuel our work. And our thrift stores are a crucial part of our fundraising. When you “clean your closets” and bring us your donations you are helping the poor in a significant way.
If you have gently-used clothing, shoes, coats, accessories, books, furniture, or household goods, visit http://svdpseattle.org/how-you-can-help/goods-clothing-donations/ to learn how you can donate to St. Vincent de Paul.
Thank you to Mary Jo and our thousands of in-kind donors who support our struggling neighbors every year.
When Charles was referred to SVdP’s Case Management last fall, he was living in a park in the Greenwood neighborhood and struggling physically, mentally and emotionally. He had never been homeless and was unaware of where he could get help.
Charles had recently been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, which made working extremely difficult for him. Before the onset of his illnesses, Charles had been living in an apartment and had been working at a steady job. After eight years at his job, Charles was let go due to missing too many days of work and inability to perform his duties. He lived off unemployment and then his savings until both ran out, which led him to losing his apartment and becoming homless.
Charles had requested social security before entering SVdP’s Case Management program and was hoping this would come through for him. He continued to do his best to find employment and despite his painful disability, he got a job as a seasonal greeter at a local retailer over the holidays. Unfortunately, Charles missed more days of work than he was able to attend due to his illnesses. Additionally, he was also denied social security disability benefits.
To give Charles the best chance at success, SVdP made a referral to a partner agency for transitional housing and a referral to a partner agency for legal representation in his social security appeal. He had his intake last week and is hopeful for the outcome of his appeal. Charles signed his lease for a new apartment last week.
St. Vincent de Paul would like to thank Baby & Company for the beautiful, quality clothing donations, like these fabulous shoes and this Christian Dior skirt. Donated clothing and goods are sold in our thrift stores and the proceeds help support our neighbors in need for food, shelter, clothing, and utility assistance. We also provide vouchers to our neighbors in need to shop in our stores for clothing and household goods. About 90 cents of every dollar donated goes to programs to help people. Thank you, Baby & Company for your generosity!
One of our Food Bank volunteers, Mariah, is organizing “A Meet with Heart” at Pacific Raceways to benefit SVdP for her Senior Project. Mariah is a senior at Tahoma High School and attends Bellevue College as a running start student. Mariah began volunteering at the SVdP Georgetown Food Bank more than a year ago:
“I instantly fell in love with helping others in my community. I love seeing those who we’ve helped walk out the door with a smile on their face. Knowing that I impacted any one person’s day positively is a successful day for me. Additionally, I love the atmosphere at the food bank – the employees, the volunteers, and all the others that come through.”
Outside of school, Mariah has a passion for cars. She loves working on her car and seeing the progress of others’ she even got an special road risk insurance from insurance4motortrade.co.uk/road-risk-insurance/ for when she’s out driving it. For her Senior Project, Mariah decided to combine her love of cars and volunteering to organize a car meet at Pacific Raceways to benefit St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle|King County. Thank you, Mariah!
Thank you K2 Sports for donating two pallets of new merchandise to our Thrift Stores! Shoppers – look for this merchandise in stores now!
Written by a Staff Member at SVdP:
I met Illiya earlier this week in SVdP’s Georgetown Food Bank where he was volunteering. He was wearing a wool Seahawks hat and a big smile. The next time I saw Illiya was this morning on my way to work when standing on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Michigan. He was still wearing his Seahawks hat, but his smile had faded. Illiya is homeless and has been on and off since the age of fourteen.
Illiya has been coming to SVdP’s Georgetown Food Bank as a client for more than a year and recently started spending his days here as a volunteer. He is currently out of work so he decided to volunteer in the Food Bank to gain workplace experience. He is a high school graduate and a carpenter by trade, but can no longer work in that field due to chronic pain following a spinal cord injury.
Illiya graciously shared his story with me today before the Food Bank opened for its Friday Homeless Outreach Program. The aim of the Homeless Outreach Program is to address the hunger issues among our homeless guests, who often struggle to make their limit food supply last through the weekend, as well as provide other services to meet their basic needs. Currently, we are providing food, warm, winter clothing, and personal hygiene items. Today, Illiya and our other volunteers served 45 homeless people.
Illiya explained that he enjoys volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul because, “You can tell the people working here really care about helping people. St. Vincent de Paul is giving me a hand up, not a hand out.”
St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle|King County would like to thank Wilcox Farms for donating four pallets of eggs, equaling 2,491 pounds, to our Georgetown Food Bank last month. Today, we served 1,434 people from 386 households in our Food Bank. We are able to help our neighbors in need with donations from great local companies, like Wilcox. Thank you!
A participant in our Veteran Program, Operation Veteran Renewal, recently moved into permanent housing with next to nothing. He had been honorably discharged from the military, after serving two years in the Air Force. He was successfully transitioning into civilian life until an unrelated injury eventually led to homelessness.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, SVdP was able to provide this Veteran with a mattress, box-spring, and bed frame, a living room set, and a voucher for our Thrift Stores for smaller household items. No one should have to live without a bed to sleep in, especially not a Veteran who has served our country.
If you or a Veteran you know are struggling, regardless of discharge status, contact our Veteran Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for support or if you just need to talk to someone. Visit www.svdpseattle.org/renewal for more information about our program.
Also, please note that every Wednesday is Military Appreciation Day in our five King County Thrift Stores. If you are active military personnel or have served in the military, present valid ID and get 20% off your entire purchase.