SVDP in the News

Society of St. Vincent de Paul announces new executive director

Crain’s Cleveland Business – November 20, 2017
by Lydia Coutre

Directors of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) have selected John P. Patton as the organization’s new executive director, according to a news release.

Patton, the incoming board president, has been serving as the organization’s interim leader since September, when previous executive director John Litten resigned.

Robert Reuter, SVDP vice president, will serve as interim board president until a replacement is elected.

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John P. Patton

SVDP Cleveland Encourages Hurricane Disaster Relief Donations to Galveston-Houston SVDP

Wish Cleveland Blog – August 30, 2017

In an effort to expedite emergency assistance to the thousands of victims recently displaced by Hurricane Harvey’s damage and flooding, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP), Diocese of Cleveland, is encouraging Northeast Ohio residents to make monetary donations directly to its counterpart in Galveston-Houston.

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Kentucky Derby Party Featured in Cleveland Magazine’s “Party Scene”

Cleveland Magazine July, 2017

Cleveland Magazine’s “Party Scene” captured the fun at this year’s annual Kentucky Derby Party fundraiser for our hunger centers.

Cleve. Mag. Party Scene July 2017

WEWS News 5 “Kaleidoscope”

WEWS News 5 Cleveland – April 16, 2017

Marketing and Development Manager for St. Vincent de Paul Society Natalie Schrimpf  discusses the annual Kentucky Derby Party which is a fundraiser to support the organization’s food pantries.
(SVDP segment starts at 15:16 minutes into video).
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Kaleidoscope 5

Host Leon Bibb and SVDP Marketing & Development Manager Natalie Schrimpf

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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