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A low-cost, high quality shopping experience for bargain shoppers, as well as those with limited means. Senior 25% discount every Friday.
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New Thrift Store Opening Soon in Orland Park
The Orland Park community will soon be served by a brand new St. Vincent de Paul thrift store at 7010 West 159th Street (The Common's Shopping Center).
Our Orland Park location allows us to serve a larger demographic as well as provide employment and volunteer opportunities to the area. The store, formerly located in Midlothian, is in a high traffic area surrounded by many other popular stores with excellent visibility off of 159th street.
We expect to open our doors to the public by the end of November.
Double the size of our old location, the newly remodeled retail space will accommodate more donations; therefore, more goods to sell. Store sales will provide us with the financial resources to support special works such as an emergency voucher program, food pantries, soup kitchens, and other large programs that serve those in need.
We are looking forward to being a member of the Orland Park business community and generating funds to help the needy. Our work has a powerful impact not only on the people that we work with directly, but also on the larger community as a whole.
Our thrift stores are self-sustaining enterprises and provide in-kind aid to thousands of people annually. With our goal of helping many more people in need, SVdP Chicago plans to build six more thrift stores over the next five years that will provide sustainable income to fund additional special works projects that will change the face of poverty in Lake and Cook counties.
Donations and volunteers are needed to help prepare the Orland Park store for opening day (to be announced). Please join us! Call thrift stores director Margaret Jones at 773.779.6700 to be a part of this exciting endeavor!
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SVdP Helps Kids Get Ready for New School Year
The visible work of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is personal service to the poor. Nowhere was this more evident than at the SVdP District 9 back to school event held at St. Gall Parish in Chicago.
More than 60 Society members, volunteers and sponsors came together and distributed free school supplies and food to approximately 960 needy families, including 1,800 children, on August 20, 2014 in the St. Gall Parish parking lot at 5513 South Sawyer Avenue.
"There's such a need in the neighborhood. These people are barely making it. A lot of them are working people, but they just don't have enough funds to provide the necessary school supplies for their children," said Barbara Lakomiak, president of District 9.
Mid-August hazy sun and heat did not deter families who waited in a line that stretched three blocks long. They came from all over the area—Ashland to Narragansett and from 65th to 28th street.
Back to school essentials such as backpacks, folders, and pencils were distributed to children in grades one through 12. Children in need of a trim were even treated to the traditional back to school haircut courtesy of Lucy De La Luz Beauty Shop. "I'm just so grateful that what we talk about in church and what we teach in school is put into practice here," said St. Gall Pastor Gary Graf. "St. Vincent de Paul allows the church to be alive and well—and seen—allowing us to put into practice, our faith," he said.
A separate food line for families in need provided fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, milk, cereal, snack bars, canned goods, and meat.
Donations came from many other St. Vincent de Paul parish conferences, individuals, and businesses such as Five Below in Countryside who donated $600 worth of school supplies. Supportive individuals like Alderman Edward Burke stopped by to mingle with the families and volunteers, and toured the recently renovated SVdP District 9 food pantry at St. Gall. "Anyone who sees this has to be impressed. The folks who volunteer with this group are really God's angels," he said.
For many years, Alderman Burke has been a generous donor and supporter of the food pantry allowing St. Vincent de Paul to help those in need in the community, especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas.
This was the eighth year the SVdP District 9 food pantry and several other SVdP conferences joined together at St. Gall to help families get their children ready for the new school year. But every week, families who are struggling to make ends meet must rely on the food pantry here. The St. Gall pantry serves approximately 500 families a week or 7,000 individuals a month.
"Most of the people are from this area, but we don't have borders; we don't close this pantry to anyone who is hungry; we just help them out," said Liz Arreola, founder and director of the SVdP District 9 food pantry.
To donate food or make a financial contribution to the St. Vincent de Paul District 9 food pantry and/or annual back to school event, please call 312.655.7182.