St. Vincent de Paul Society
Local Help Line: (314) 289-6101 x 2228 Click here to view SVDP Video
The St. Vincent de Paul Society is the largest lay Catholic charitable organization in the world. It was founded in 1833 by a French college student named Frederic Ozanam, so that he and his schoolmates could put their faith into action through service to the needy. In that same spirit, the goal of the new Mary Mother Conference is to answer the call of Our Lord to bring his love to those within our parish boundaries or to any member of the parish who come to us for spiritual and material assistance.
Our Conference will use the gifts provided by our parish and other benefactors, in a wise and non-judgmental way to assist those we have visited with food, utility bills, or rent. Through the SVDP Thrift Stores vouchers, clothing, furniture and misc household items can be purchased at a low cost or free. If you are in need, please call the MMOC conference help line at 314-289-6101 x2228.
Our conference meets every other Monday at 7:00 PM at Mary Mother. Please see MMOC bulletin for schedule. We encourage men and women of the parish who might like to learn more about us or to join our conference to please call Bill Ebert (843-7642) or Ceal Parchomski (487-2997).
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* FOOD PANTRY - Mary Mother Conference is able to have a food pantry due to the generous donations of the parishoners of Mary, Mother of the Church. The Thanksgiving Food Drive is one of the primary sources of food and supplies used to stock the food pantry. In addition, wicker baskets have been placed in the vestibule of the Church for donations at any time. Food and supplies are taken to Clients that we serve within our parish boundaries. We encourage parishioners to inform us if they know someone in need. There is no refrigeration so all food must be canned, in glass containers or boxes. Some of the items that are most needed are:
- Canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta sauce, tuna, canned pastas such as ravioli, Macaroni & Cheese, rice, cereal for both adults and children, juice, Hamburger Helper, soup, stews, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, etc.
- Paper products include toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, feminine napkins, etc.
- Hygiene / Cleaning supplies: hand soap, dish detergent, bleach, shampoo and conditioner, toilet bowl cleaner, sanitizers, etc.
Pete and Mary Ann Christante are in charge of the Food Pantry.
* SCRAP METAL PICKUPS - Scrap metal or unwanted metal household appliances are picked up free of charge, taken apart, and taken to the recycling center. Heavy appliances must be on the ground floor for transport. Money acquired from this is donated to our SVDP conference. . Call Kathleen Riggio (314-614-2874) to schedule a pick up or to answer any questions.
* THRIFT STORE - SVDP has opened a new Thrift Store at 3924 Lemay Ferry Rd – across from Arby’s and K-Mart.. Not only do our thrift stores help us raise money through sales to the public, they also serve as an important clothing, furniture and new mattress resource. Our Thrift Stores use a voucher system to serve clients referred by individual Parish Conferences. The vouchers are issued to Parish Conferences by the Conference Support Team at the Council Office. When the client presents a voucher at the store, they are entitled to purchase furniture and clothing free of charge up to the amount written on the voucher. Anyone is welcome to purchase items at the Thrift Store not using a voucher.
Donations: To schedule a home pick up of your gently used clothes, shoes, furniture, appliances and household goods call our Donations Coordinators @ 314-881-6006 or drop off at the store by ringing bell on the left side of the building. Please make sure you have completely filled out a donations slip that includes your name and address, itemization of donations, and specify that you are from Mary Mother Church. Donations are tax-deductible. The store is open 9 AM- 8 PM Mon-Sat. A new avenue of donations is the SVDP wooden donation box in the upper parking lot. Please place donations in plastic bags prior to depositing in the collection box.
Volunteers are always welcome. Volunteer coordinator is Barb Reddington /SVDP office (314-881-6042), or see Troy at the Lemay Ferry location. You may be asked to put down a specific schedule. Come when you can for as long as you can. These volunteer hours also accrue points to be used in the Voucher System. Volunteers also receive a 25% discount and other perks such as Muny tickets when available. Contact Barb Reddington for details.
* MEMORIAL DONATIONS - If you would like to make memorial donations to SVDP Mary Mother Conference, please contact Dick Drury @ 314-849-8788 to place envelopes at the funeral home.
* PRESCRIPTION OUTREACH PROGRAM - Thanks to an arrangement with LDI Pharmacy of St. Louis, the Council provides pharmaceutical vouchers to clients who are uninsured or under insured. This program was funded by a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health. The Vincentians assist the clients in filling out the vouchers. The client takes the voucher to their doctor who fills in the script portion and mails the voucher in the pre-paid envelope to LDI Pharmacy. Express Scripts fills a 90 day prescription and mails the medicine to the client. Please contact a MMOC Council member or Bill Duke for vouchers. Contact Steve Rupp at 314-881-6018 for more information.
* TRANSPORTATION SERVICES: In January 2015, SVDP will be opening our new car repair program. The Council will pay 50% of a repair bill up to $300. In order to fund the program we still need donated cars. The last few months our donations are down and we need your help! An unexpected car repair is one of the leading causes of homelessness for people living in poverty because often they have to choose between paying for the repair or paying their rent. Please help us get the word out that SVDP is still accepting cars (running or not) to help the poor get to work. Call Tim Massey 314-881-6828. He'll handle all the details, including towing, free of charge. www.svdpstl,org. This also applies to trucks, vans, boats, motorcycles or motor homes. Thanks for your generosity.