Call it the power of Eugene. Troubled and adrift, an Army veteran comes to town, discovers organic food, enrolls in St. Vinnie’s Veterans In Progress program, and sets his sights on a degree in Agriculture Business Management from Oregon State University.
The 2014 District Council Retreat beckoned about 30 volunteers from the valley to Oakridge for a gathering at St. Michael Catholic Church. They attended Mass, heard updates on the work of St. Vincent de Paul and its impact on Oakridge, and they dined on possibly the best lunch ever. We’ve got the recipes!
After many years of drinking and more than 10 homeless, Chuck Platt resolved to reinvent himself. He made such a dramatic turn that the Vet LIFT representative who interviewed him on Friday didn’t recognize him on Monday, even challenging him at the bike rack as he locked up his own wheels.
Tiny heat pump part of giant change for once-homeless family
Home Comfort of Eugene has installed about 500 ductless heat pumps at housing complexes during the past two years so a recent project at St. Vincent de Paul's Oakwood Manor wasn't out of the ordinary. But the suitcase-size pump and interior output unit has helped transform the lives of the family of an autistic child.
St. Vinnie’s donation center attendants are instructed to be welcoming and courteous, and to remember to offer donors a receipt and 20% off coupon. It may seem simple enough, but as this note from a customer indicates, it can be the work of angels.