Archives for January 2013
Vanessa is the first to admit she’s made some serious mistakes. A lifelong addict who “ran the streets,” sold drugs and neglected her son, she served prison time for writing bad checks.
None of that matters much anymore. At 46, Vanessa has peace of mind she’d never known before moving to the campus of St. Vincent de Paul. Last March she was one of the first tenants in SVDP’s new SRO (single-resident occupancy) supportive housing program for homeless single women. The three-story apartment building features 24 private bedrooms and shared common areas, including kitchen, bathrooms and living room.
“It’s a really nice place to be,” Vanessa says. “I like that I have my own room – that it’s mine, that I have a lease, and that I have my own key. There’s quiet time,and everybody respects everybody.”
LOUISVILLE, KY – Tomorrow (Thursday, Feb. 28th) is the last day to donate your used coats, blankets and scarves at one of Louisville’s busiest shopping malls.
For the past several weeks, Mall St. Matthews has been asking shoppers to drop off these items in the collection bin located near Pottery Barn and Ashcroft & Oak Jewelers. St. Vincent de Paul will pick up all donated items and distribute them to Louisville area children and adults in need.
“In the winter we get hundreds of calls each week from people seeking assistance, and this includes the need for warm clothing and blankets,” says Nancy Naughton, St. Vincent de Paul’s associate executive director. “We greatly appreciate the opportunity given to us by Mall St. Matthews to provide a collection box where the public may donate new or gently-used items for the poor and homeless men, women and children St. Vincent de Paul serves.”
In the past year since completing a campus expansion, St. Vincent de Paul has welcomed 54 new households into apartments for families and individuals. In an effort to better serve those new and existing clients, staffing changes and two new hires were recently announced.
Cory Bledsoe was named director of programs. On staff since 2008, he had previously served as associate editor of programs and as program manager for Ozanam Inn men’s homeless shelter. “Cory brings a unique blend of business acumen and a deeply personal commitment to serving those in need,” says Ed Wnorowski, SVDP’s executive director.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A soup kitchen received a large donation from the group Kentucky Harvest. Kentucky Harvest donated 10,000 cans of soup to St. Vincent De Paul’s open hand soup kitchen. Tuesday, 6,000 cans were delivered and another 4,000 will be delivered later this week. In 2012, St. Vincent De Paul served more than 120,000 […]