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The Transformational Power Of Eugene

Categories: Email Newsletter, Self-Sufficiency, Veterans
Author: SVdP staff
Date: Wednesday, July 30 2014

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.

Taste The 2014 District Council Retreat

Categories: Email Newsletter, Food, Homeless Aid, Emergency Assistance, District Council, Jobs, Volunteers
Author: SVdP staff
Date: Tuesday, July 22 2014

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!

Note To Chuck: Reinvention Accomplished

Categories: Email Newsletter, Housing, Homeless Aid, Staff Stories, Veterans
Author: SVdP staff
Date: Friday, July 18 2014
Chuck Platt amid the freshly trimmed landscape at Mary Skinner Apartments.

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

Categories: Email Newsletter, Housing, Green Housing, Homeless Aid, First Place Family Center, Environment
Author: Judy Hunt, enews editor
Date: Tuesday, July 15 2014
A touch of the finger is all it takes for Charli Overman to adjust the temperature for daughter Diauna, 11.

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.

Vinnie’s Donor Calls Out Angels On The Job

Categories: Email Newsletter, Emergency Assistance, Recycling, Jobs, Staff Stories, Stores
Author: SVdP staff
Date: Monday, June 30 2014
Visit our website for store and donation center locations.

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.

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