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The $100 Bill

Giving Back At face value, it looks just like any other $100 bill. But as with many other donations given to SVDP, there is often a touching story behind them. It was a cold January day when the sanitation engineer at St. Patrick parish on Bridge Avenue – where SVDP...

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Taking it to the Streets: Angels in Disguise

Volunteers Joe and Mary Tondo  At first glance, Joe and Mary Tondo  look like your average retired married couple. But as St. Vincent de Paul Society volunteers (known as "Vincentians") from St. Joseph Parish in Avon Lake, Ohio, they're regarded by many as nothing...

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I Never Thought That I Would Need Help

Lynardo’s Story Lynardo never saw it coming. “It was like a lightning bolt out of the blue!” This is how he describes the shocking moment he found himself homeless and hungry for the first time in his life. Before this time, Lynardo and his wife of 43 years had been...

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Sweet Idea: YP Board Scoops up Advocacy and Ice Cream

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP), Diocese of Cleveland’s newly-formed Young Professionals (YP) Board recently launched its first advocacy effort. Held at a Tremont Scoops ice cream store on a sunny Saturday afternoon, the group of volunteers hosted a...

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Hunger Doesn’t Vacation in Summer

"If It wasn't for St. Vincent de Paul Society's hunger centers, we wouldn't have any food in our house right now." Children love summer. But while sunny warm days beckon hours of outdoor fun, friends and travel, it's also a time of anxiety and hardship for thousands...

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To End Poverty in America, We Must First Understand It

By Natalie R. Schrimpf Manager, Marketing & Development We’ve all heard the numbers surrounding poverty in the United States. The most recent U.S. Census Bureau findings tell us there are approximately 47 million impoverished Americans (according to the official...

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