SVDP in the News

Fortney & Weygandt to Donate 1,000 Turkeys to SVDP Woodland Food Center – November 30, 2016

woodland-turkey-give-awaySt. Vincent de Paul Society’s Woodland Food Center will give away 1,000 frozen turkeys and five-pound bags of potatoes, thanks to the generosity of Fortney & Weygandt, Inc.  This is 13th year that the local construction firm has donated the food to the food center, which is located in Cleveland’s impoverished Central neighborhood.

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SVDP Participates in #WeGiveCatholic Crowdfunding for Giving Tuesday


St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Cleveland 2015 – November 23, 2016

CLEVELAND, Ohio — #GivingTuesday, an annual and global online day devoted to giving to those in need, is Tuesday and the Northeast Ohio Catholic community plans to participate in a big way.

The Catholic Community Foundation of the Diocese Cleveland will host its inaugural crowdfunding event #weGiveCatholic. More than 140 schools, parishes, ministries, Catholic Charities sites and programs and other Catholic nonprofits will participate in the online fundraising effort. During the 24-hour window on November 29, people can go to and donate to their favorite participating organizations.

Participants include Catholic Youth Organization, Society for St. Vincent de Paul, West Side Catholic Center, Camp Christopher and St. Augustine Health Ministries. John Carroll University, Ursuline College and Notre Dame College will join in with many Catholic elementary and high schools, as well as parishes throughout the eight-county Diocese of Cleveland.

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SVDP Cleveland Spreads Holiday Love with Turkey Giveaway

Free turkeys given out by the St. Vincent de Paul Society

Free turkeys given out by the St. Vincent de Paul Society

Cleveland 19 News (WOIO) December 16, 2015

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) – The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Cleveland is helping offset costs of Christmas dinner for at least 1,000 families.

Hundreds showed up to Boys and Girls parking lot on East 59th Street Wednesday to receive a frozen turkey and five-pound bags of potatoes, both free of charge…

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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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They’re all in for a truly meaningful cause

Crain’s Cleveland Business June 6, 2015

A battle is unfolding to see whether the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Golden State Warriors are the better basketball team, but another spirited competition is emerging between the Rust Belt and the San Francisco Bay area.

Nonprofits from Cleveland and the Bay area are squaring off to see whose fans are more generous. For one, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Cleveland and the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Alameda County are going head-to-head to see who can raise the most cash through their websites to benefit their respective community’s most vulnerable populations. The executive director of the organization that raises fewer dollars has agreed to wear the opposing team’s jersey and post a congratulatory video on Facebook…

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Nonprofits – John Litten, Executive Director, Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Cleveland Business Connects Magazine May/June 2015

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Diocese of Cleveland, counts on the reliable hands and feet of 1,000-plus volunteers in the greater Northeast Ohio area who help meet short-term needs of the underprivileged – serving 250,000 people last year. Such work is carried out with just four full-time employees and the dedication and wherewithal of its army of volunteers . . .

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SVDP Teams with Premier Development Partners

Premier Development Partners Newsletter – March, 2015

Since 2013, Premier Development Partners has been donating warehouse space to St. Vincent de Paul Society of Cleveland (SVDP) to store blankets, sheets, beds and clothing for distribution to needy individuals and families in Northeast Ohio. In an effort to expand its outreach in the community, Premier Development Partners will now also supply SVDP with employee volunteers as necessary, who will help the nonprofit serve the poor via its food pantries and other emergency assistance . . .

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St. Vincent de Paul Society marking 150 years in Northeast Ohio

West Side Leader March 12, 2015

GREATER AKRON — The St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVDP), in the Diocese of Cleveland, is celebrating 150 years of service to Northeast Ohioans.

Tracing its roots to Civil War times, the organization now boasts 1,000 volunteers from 63 Catholic parishes in eight counties, said Executive Director John Litten. Many of those volunteers are from the Akron area and include the parishioners of St. Hilary in Fairlawn, St. Sebastian in West Akron, St. Victor in Richfield and Mother of Sorrows in Peninsula. . .

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How the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is Helping Employers Find New Talent

Crain’s Cleveland Business Nov. 9, 2014

By Timothy Magaw

Flying Fig restaurant owner and chef Karen Small knows all too well the perils of posting job openings on Craigslist or other websites.

In many cases, those postings lead to a lot of interviewing and not much hiring.

“It’s kind of a nightmare to absorb that kind of time and not get anything out of it,” said Small, whose modest eatery is nestled on Market Avenue in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood.

However, about a year ago, she got a call from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Cleveland offering up a pre-screened worker and a promise to cover 50% of that person’s hourly wages during the training period.

The offer was part of a pilot program the nonprofit launched to provide more opportunities in the culinary industry for Northeast Ohio’s unemployed poor who want to work but lack experience or job-training accessibility …

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Friends of the Poor Walk to Benefit Less Fortunate

Fox8 Cleveland Morning Show

CLEVELAND – A walk dedicated to helping people living in poverty in our area is just a few short weeks away.

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NewsChannel 5 “Kaleidoscope” with Leon Bibb

WEWS NewsChannel 5 Cleveland – “Kaleidoscope” with Leon Bibb Executive Director of Society of St. Vincent de Paul John Litten  talks about the organization’s annual Walk for the Poor and about the services provided.  click here to view (SVDP segment starts at 7:28)