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Kiwanians Declare Gienia Baines An Everyday Hero

Categories: Email Newsletter, Homeless Aid, Emergency Assistance, Jobs, Staff Stories, Stores
Author: SVdP Staff
Date: Thursday, June 5 2014
From her post at St. Vinnie's, Gienia Baines helps her hometown.

For nearly 3 years folks in Oakridge have watched, helped and admired as Gienia Baines has made her community a better place through her position as site manager for St. Vinnie’s Business Incubator and Service Center. The community gave voice to its admiration May 20 when the Kiwanis Club of Oakridge named Gienia an Everyday Hero.

Fire Victims Grateful For Life, Angels, Starfish

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Author: SVdP staff
Date: Tuesday, May 20 2014
O'Hara Principal Tammy Conway with Project Starfish founder Bill Morrisette.

AJ and Salina have known rough times, but they have also experienced the kindness of strangers, from a passing motorist to students at O’Hara Catholic School. Salina calls the motorist “our angel” and prays for her, and last week she and AJ extended a personal “thank you” to the students whose Project Starfish benefits helped get their family into a home.

Metamorphose Reveals Designers’ Talent For Transformation

Categories: Email Newsletter, Events, Recycling, Staff Stories, Stores, Volunteers
Author: SVdP staff
Date: Monday, May 12 2014
Celebrity judge Keith Nishida contemplates Rhiannon Dark's Designer's Choice entry, modeled by Savannah Best.

For those who love good music, glitz and stunning fashion, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art was the place to be May 4 as the first Metamorphose unfolded, revealing 30 transformations of recycled garments, textiles and yes, even automotive timing belts, into wearable masterpieces.

Sr. Margaret: Farewell To Our Legendary Sister

Categories: Email Newsletter, Volunteers
Author: SVdP Staff
Date: Monday, May 12 2014
Sr. Margaret at her final SVdP Board meeting.

It’s difficult to imagine this world without Sister Margaret Graziano, the feisty nun whose big heart belied her tiny frame. Chaplain, art instructor, and assistant to Lane County Jail inmates for more than three decades, Sr. Margaret died on Mother's Day at Mary’s Woods, a retirement community operated by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, her religious order for nearly 80 years. She would have been 98 in November.

“Misty Spirit” Prevails At Picnic Supper For First Place

Categories: Email Newsletter, Events, Homeless Aid, First Place Family Center, Volunteers
Author: SVdP Staff
Date: Friday, May 9 2014
The Arnold Table, emanating the aroma of barbecued ribs and carmel-glazed apples.

With Mamie and John Arnolds’ aromatic island paradise (pictured) as its centerpiece, Picnic Supper filled St. Mary’s Parish Hall with festively decorated tables and guests to match. In both turnout and participation, the annual fundraiser on May 8 exemplified the “Misty spirit,” a homage to the homeless child whose generosity inspired the annual fundraiser for First Place Family Center.

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