Archives for March 2013
Rickey Saunders is a soft-spoken man who has battled alcoholism for years. “Alcohol has always been a bad problem for me,” says Rickey, 55. “I was a black-out drinker; I would wake up places and not know where I was. I had a hard time quitting.”
An Arkansas native, he was living in Louisville when he became homeless a year ago. He went to Texas and found seasonal work picking oranges. Wandering from Corpus Christi to San Antonio, he slept in the streets or in homeless encampments, shelters and rescue missions.
In Austin, he was given a Greyhound bus ticket to come back to Louisville, eventually landing on the doorstep of St. Vincent dePaul’s Ozanam Inn men’s homeless shelter last July 2. He entered SVDP’s DR (Dormitory Residency) Program, which guaranteed him a bed every night, and gave him the support of SVDP’s case management services.
St. Vincent de Paul’s Open HandK itchen serves lunch and dinner seven days a week, 365 days a year to anyone in need. That’s more than 120,000 free meals each year. Donations of cash and food are crucial to the ongoing operation of this outreach. And there is no better time to donate than in […]
Posted by The Record, Feb. 26th, in Archdiocesan News
Awards at the Feb. 10 event were presented to Dick Scherrer of St. Agnes Church’s St. Vincent de Paul Conference; Martha Thomas of St. Rita Church’s conference; and Wanda Binder of the St. Paul Church conference.
In a press release from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, its executive director, Ed Wnorowski, noted that “the stories of the daily struggles of those who come to us for help never get easier to hear or less challenging to serve.”
“We are here to say ‘thank you’ for all that (the volunteers) have done and will continue to do because of your Vincentian spirit and hearts.”