Society of St. Vincent de Paul celebrates 150 years of serving the poor August 11, 2015

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Northeast Ohio human service organization with more than 1,000 volunteers who serve the needy, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

Despite its longevity, the society is “one of the best kept secrets in Northeast Ohio,” says Executive Director John Litten.

SVDP is celebrating its sesquicentennial year with a gala and auction from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, September 12, at Embassy Suites-Rockside, 5800 Rockside Wood Blvd., Independence.

The organization’s volunteers provide person-to-person service to an estimated 260,000 poor people living in Ashland, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Summit and Wayne counties …

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Blessing in Disguise for Former Larwill Resident

The Daily Record July 29, 2015

WOOSTER — “That trailer park shutting down was a blessing,” said former Larwill Mobile Home Park resident Electa Hupp, after reflecting on her time in the community and her subsequent departure.

Hupp, just like all park residents, was effectively evicted from the property July 6 when Wooster shut off its water. Owners Richard and Carolyn Lawrence failed to pay the water bills for the last five years and owe the city over $200,000.

The shut off displaced about 40 families. Wooster elicited the help of Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority and other social service agencies and worked to find housing solutions for those who needed help. Hupp, who moved into the park in March, just a few months before the notice of the shut off, said she was one of those residents and she is glad she decided to get help.

“I’m in a better environment,” Hupp said, noting the Housing Authority, Liberty Connections, Community Action Wayne/Medina and a group from the Wooster chapter of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul came alongside her and assisted with getting her a place at Martin House — an apartment complex for the elderly and disabled in Ashland…

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