SVDP in the News

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)

St. Vincent de Paul Steps in to Keep Second-Largest Food Pantry in Northeast Ohio Going

Fresh Water Cleveland September 26, 2013

Ninety two percent of residents in the Central neighborhood live below 200 percent of the poverty line, qualifying them to receive food from food pantries. Yet until recently, the future of the city’s largest food pantry — and the second-largest food pantry in Cuyahoga County — was seriously in doubt …

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Group Helps Those in Need Aim High

West Side Leader June 21, 2012

FAIRLAWN — When the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) at St. Hilary Church helps someone with rent or a utility bill, they’re happy. But when the group provides a family in need with a computer, the recipients are ecstatic …

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