In the darkest hours, light brings hope. At this dark time of year, at what might otherwise be a personal low for Hubert and his children, St. Vincent de Paul’s programs have yielded understanding, sustenance and now the prospect of a stable home.
“Beautiful” was the description heard time and again as hooded runners and umbrella-toting supporters gathered for Turkey Trot No. 5. Unlike the golden morns of Thanksgivings past, this year’s holiday dawned with a leaden sky and impending rain, but that didn't stop 1300 runners and walkers from making a splash.
Kirk Abel worked hard to make a comfortable life for his family then saw economic decline and a job layoff take it all away. In this video Kirk describes that painful process and tells how he and his family came to St. Vincent de Paul and, eventually, housing stability and a job. He credits St. Vincent de Paul and its effective use of resources -- your donations.
Meals For Homeless Adults = Training, Experience For Job Seekers
In addition to producing 10,000 meals per month, on average, the Eugene Service Station’s commercial kitchen serves as the lab for Food Services, a training program offered by St. Vincent de Paul’s Vocational Rehabilitation program. The pilot class has commenced, and member Craig Ashcraft has joined the kitchen staff at Fox Hollow Residential Center.
The compassion of the Lane County community for homeless families was evident Nov. 5 at the Hilton Eugene as a full house of 400 seized A Moment In Time (AMIT) to help St. Vincent de Paul’s First Place Family Center. In 2013 First Place helped 543 families, many with a single parent or grandparent raising children under most challenging circumstances.