Enjoy these photos of the kids and adults who live here at St. Vincent de Paul picking the first vegetables of this year’s garden with the volunteers from Yum! Brands, who made the garden possible. www.flickr.com 2013 Garden of Hope Photos. Thanks a million! We will be harvesting every day for the foreseeable future!
Zucchini, squash, tomatoes, radishes and lettuce were among the fresh vegetables our clients picked from their 2013 summer garden last week. Many thanks to Chris Freeman and his Yum! Brands creative services team for starting this awesome project! More pics.
A single dad raising 12-year-old twins, Craig wants the best for his kids. Known as a strict but loving father, Craig talks about his hope that daughter Jasmine and son Jeffrey will have the drive and the skills they need to pursue their dreams.
Thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers for making the building of our playground a truly great event. Kudos to Nancy Naughton, SVDP’s associate executive director, for these great photos of everyone in action. Created with flickr slideshow. [
More than 250 volunteers, SVDP staff, and clients in our homeless shelter, women’s recovery center and housing programs pulled together for a one-day blitz to build SVDP’s new community playground. Thanks to all, especially Dr Pepper Snapple Group, KaBOOM! and the Kroger Co. See photos.
Plans are being finalized for St. Vincent de Paul’s sole fundraiser of the year. Our exciting Charity Golf Scramble and Auction event will take place Sunday, Sept. 8 and Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. The fundraiser kicks off on Sunday evening with dinner, cocktails, and a silent and live auction event at Porcini, 2730 Frankfort Ave. […]
April 18, 2013
The playground will be instaled May 31 on the campus of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
By Jessica Able
Record Staff Writer
Few things bring a brighter smile to a child’s face than a playground full of swings, slides, and monkey bars.But kids who live on the Society of St. Vincent de Paul campus and in the surrounding Smoketown neighborhood do not have easy access to a playground.Now, thanks to the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM!, a nonprofit organization that helps communities build playgrounds, children in this area will have a brand-new place to play this summer. And it will be a playground they helped to design.
The project is part of the Let’s Play initiative, a partnership led by the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, to motivate children and their families to get active, said Randy Bright, market manager for the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. The Dr. Pepper Snapple Group has pledged a three-year, $15 million commitment to KaBOOM! to build or renovate 2,000 playgrounds in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.Representatives from KaBOOM! contacted the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in early March about constructing a new playground on the campus, said Nancy Naughton, associate executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Bright said that while this is the fifth playground project he has been a part of the excitement of the children never gets old.” Just coming down here and seeing the kids’ faces and the parent involvement. What they are willing to commit is amazing,” he said.
An integral part of the process is getting the kids involved, said Brenna Hull, the project manager for KaBOOM! Children who are residents of the apartments on the St. Vincent de Paul campus were invited to a design meeting April 2 at the society’s Open Hand Kitchen, 1026 S. Jackson St. “We want you to be involved every step of the way,” Hull told the children at the design meeting.Hull asked the children present why a playground is important.
One responded “So we aren’t bored.” Another said, “To get exercise.” And a third child simply said, “To have fun.”Using crayons and markers, about 15 youngsters drew their dream playgrounds on large sheets of paper. Some drew trampolines, rock-climbing walls and swimming pools. Others colored swing sets, spiral slides,
and four-square courts.
Our kids voted, and here is winning Playground Design! Thanks to KaBOOM! and to The Dr Pepper Snapple Group for making this brand-new community playground for at-risk children possible. Want to help? Join us on Build Day: Friday, May 31st, from 8:30am to 2:30pm. kaboom_volunteer_flyer.pdf
A new program at our men’s homeless shelter, Ozanam Inn, is not only helping to motivate men – but to keep them mobile as well. Free bicycles are offered as an incentive to men staying at the shelter as a reward for completing certain tasks or working toward goals that help move them toward self-sufficiency. […]
Thanks to Christian radio station WAY-FM for allowing us the opportunity to share our mission with their listeners! Here’s an audio link to the interview: https://soundcloud.com/way-fm-louisville/st-vincent-de-paul-spotlight