Homeless Teen Program
The District Council of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, for the Archdiocese of Mobile has partnered with the Mobile County Public School System’s Homeless Education Program. This initiative was coordinated by the Corpus Christi SVDP conference and financially supported by the 17 member conferences that make-up the District Council, for the Archdiocese of Mobile.
The Mobile County Public School System’s Homeless Education Program serves students in grades K-12 from Mobile County’s 12 high schools. The program serves to eliminate barriers to education for these students by providing advocacy and tangible services like emergency food, school uniforms and supplies, basic undergarments and socks, school fees, etc.
Research shows that if the teen stays focused on their education, it is their best chance at breaking the cycle of homelessness. It is the hope and mission of the MCPSS Homeless Education Program to graduate these teens and get them into postsecondary or vocational school. The supplies offered through this initiative provided the teens with the items necessary for daily hygiene during periods of housing instability.
In the last quarter, while the district council members approved $5000 to be dedicated to providing material needs for homeless teens, only $2586.44 was spent. Items purchased included: Hane’s comfortsoft T-shirts, women’s cotton hipster panties, men and women’s crew socks and men’s boxers. Through the generous financial support of the district council membership, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Mobile, has provided a year-to-date total of $5363.00
Denise Riemer, social worker with the Mobile County Public School System and Vickie Smith, program assistant, want me to express their gratitude for the material support for the homeless teens over the last year.
Through our support, we are hopeful that these teens come to realize that people care about them and through our contributions, we are encouraging them stay in school and aspire to be successful in life.
My sincere thanks to Judith Dikes, our Corpus Christi team leader, and to the district council membership, for their support.
The Dodge Elementary “back-pack” program has been a remarkable success thanks to the efforts and generous support of our parishioners, conference members, Corpus Christi’s School and Sunday School teachers, students and their families. Over 660 weekend meals have been provided to the many children in need and their siblings, and this has greatly helped the students to better participate in their education. This program starts at the beginning of the school year and runs until school is out for summer vacation. If you would like to participate in the program, please call Penny at (251) 776-5850. Weekly teams are scheduled through each month to pack the back-packs for delivery to the school each Friday. Your contributions and donations of food to support this ministry is much needed.
Good Samaritan DONATION Program
This program was started by Goodwill Easter Seals and is designed to allow churches and service organizations to partner with them to serve the community. Each organization is able to mutually support the other’s mission. The St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Corpus Christi Conference (CCC) has joined them as a Community Partner. The way the program works is that when a donation is made at a Goodwill Retail Store (GRS), the donor designates a specific church or organization as the benefactor for the voucher(s) issued. There are two ways you can participate in the program: one way is to drop off your donated clothing items next to the St. Vincent de Paul table in the vestibule and we will take the items to a GRS for you; the second way is to drop off the items yourself at one of the Goodwill Store locations listed below. If you decide to drop off the items yourself and still designate the donation to benefit the CCC, you will need to complete a Donor Referral Card (DRC) at the time of drop off. A partially completed DRC can be found on the SVdP table in the vestibule. All you need to do is fill in the date and your name on the form. A sample DRC is provided below. Please also note that clothing items donated must be contained in a 30-gallon plastic bag in order to receive a voucher. All vouchers designated for the CCC will be mailed to us by Goodwill at the end of each month. We will use these vouchers to help the clients we serve in our community to purchase furniture and/or household items whenever the need arises. You participation in this program will be greatly appreciated and it will help us in one more way to minister to our clients needs.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
GOODWILL STORE LOCATIONS
Schillenger Road Store (corner of Schillenger and Cottage Hill)
Mobile Store (corner of Azalea and Airport)
Moffett Road Store (corner of Moffett and Schillenger)
Airport Blvd. Store (west or Mullinax Ford)
Tillmans Corner Store (Hwy. 90 next to Big Lots)
SAMPLE COPY BELOW