What we do
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SSVP) helps all those in need. We bring the love of Christ to serve the poor on a person to person basis. Those in need are always treated with dignity and provided with support to help them obtain the very basic human needs.
Who we are
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is a worldwide organization operating in 155 countries providing assistance to the poor in the Christian Gospel tradition. The organization has operated in the Edmonton area since 2000.
Your donations of material goods (furniture, household goods and clothing) and monetary assistance enable us to carry out our mission.
The Society is powered by volunteers. Donations of your time and talents are critical to this work.
Thanks to Catholic Women’s League and the signage courtesy of Hi-Signs, a member of the Fath Group, we are now driving our latest vehicle in service of the poor. In the photo is Larry after handing off the keys to a sparkling truck with beautiful graphics. Many thanks to all parties!!
Teachers of Edmonton Catholic Schools have chosen us as a recipient of their Christmas Social Justice Project. Their most generous variety of gift cards will help us help those in need. Thank you teachers and be aware that your gift to us is a gift which will help many families and perhaps some of the students sitting in your classrooms. Superb work Cathy Mrowka and ECT Local 54.
Thanks to the Stollery Foundation Grant you may have seen our newest vehicle. The fuel efficient and modern truck allows us to serve those in need more effectively. Thanks also to the Fath Family and Group of Companies for the graphics. We serve even better with the help of the community.
Congratulations St. Katherine’s Conference! On Thursday June 5 Red Deer hosted a combination Commissioning ceremony and wind up pot luck dinner. Father Joe did a grand job of the ceremony officially welcoming Leslie to their conference. Dan Roadhouse, President, invited and entertained Peter Ouellette, Western Regional President, Maria Lupul, Edmonton South Particular President, and Mary Dunnigan, Edmonton Central President. An impressive event hosted by a Conference which is doing fine SSVP work. Thank you all.
Catholic Women's League
Thank you to the Catholic Women's League of Canada, Archdiocese most generous recent donation. Coming out of their centennial anniversary celebrations of 2012, they embarked on a legacy project theme. At the April 14 Edmonton CWL Convention a cheque was presented, which will be used towards purchase of a light truck for pickups and deliveries. When Edmontonians see the acknowledgement on the vehicle door, all can note that the hard work of President Gwen Elliott and jCWL women is helping power the handwork of SSVP for those in need. Thank you CWL.
Edmonton Catholic School Board Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
On December 17, 2013 at a full Board of Trustees meeting a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and Edmonton Catholic Schools, expected to last for ten years.. The purpose of this partnership is to support and encourage the two organizations to support each other’s charitable works. This is done through continuing to provide a working space at the DC for us, to explore and develop a mechanism for shared services, information and resources between partners, to provide students with service opportunities, and to pursue other common areas of interest as decided by the Alliance Management. On behalf of the Board the document was signed by Laura Thibert ,Board Vice-Chair, and Joan Carr, Superintendent; on behalf SSVP the document was signed by Bernie McCracken, President, and Mary Dunnigan, Vice President. Together we move forward.
Edmonton Public Teachers Local 37
On October 27, teachers from Edmonton Public Schools gave a most generous gift to our Society. Their cheque was presented by the chair of the Donations Committee, Mr. Anthony Walsh. We are fortunate to be among the wide array of organizations the committee helps, knowing that helping families and especially children in their homes, benefits those receiving our help in their schoolwork, education and Canadian society in general. Thank you teachers for supporting our efforts to help those in need within Edmonton.
Terence Mahon Clothing Room Dedication
On November 12, 2013 we were pleased to have a dedication of the Terence Mahon Clothing Room at our Distribution Centre. Terry Mahon, his father, was in attendance to unveil the plaque. This was done with the help of both Mr. Mahon and Archbishop Richard Smith. Every time someone uses our facilities, or our workers serve the needs of those who come, Terence’s memory will be remembered and honoured. We are most grateful to Terry and Noreen Mahon for their kind and generous gift in the name of their son. His strong spirit of volunteerism, and support of others fit right in with the spirit of SSVP. Gail Dumas (Community Development) presented Mr. Mahon with a copy of our Rule and Opening Prayer card in honour of the occasion. Darcy Knoll spoke highly of Terrence’s active life and spirit. Bernie McCracken, President, accepted the cheque on behalf of SSVP.
THANK YOU AGAIN TO BOBINO BOBINETTE PRESCHOOL!
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul was the fortunate recipient for a second year in a row of donations collected at the Bobino Bobinette Francophone Preschool 2014 Christmas Drive. Items collected for struggling families included children's pajamas, clothing, hats, gloves, mitts, socks, underwear, toothbrushes and some miscellaneous items. It will be such a treat for the children from disadvantaged families to receive something new to wear. Some Canadian Tire money was also donated, and will be used towards the purchase of household items to be given to people in need.
St. Dominic School Shares with SSVP
The students of St. Dominic School worked together to share their abundance with those in need. The warm clothing, food and financial help, will aid us in our work. Thank you to Principal Cathy Kaup for her energy and leadership in showing how Social Justice can work at all levels and in various ways. Making the world, and especially Edmonton, a “warmer” place to be is an important part of learning to share. We appreciate your efforts.
Mother Margaret Mary High School Steps Up
For a Social Justice Project termed Winter Warmth, students across the school teamed up to collect items to keep people warm. Bags of jackets, tuques, mitts, scarves and socks will make life better for those who come to our Clothing Room. Students know that winter can be a harsh time, and they worked to make life better for others. Thank you to Mrs. Sandra Holtiner, staff and students. Your efforts will make many people smile this winter.
Faith Into Action
On November 20, two very Special Students visited the Distribution Centre to present a cheque for use in the Food Pantry. Lynette and David raised money through a Halloween movie event and selling tickets on a basket they created. These students from St. Joseph High School highlight the youth that also support those in need through their actions. Thank you very much Lynette and David.