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Welcome new Libertyville store manager
Extensive experience is an understatement when referring to newly appointed SVdP Libertyville thrift store manager, Richard Turco. His impressive resume includes management roles with retail giants such as CVS Pharmacy, Dominick's Finer Foods, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Mrs. Green's Natural Market. "At this stage in my life and after managing big box retail stores for more than 30 years, this is an opportunity to give back," he said.
"Years ago when I was in high school and college I worked for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago so when I met stores director, Margaret Jones, and everyone here at St. Vincent de Paul, I felt like I was back home again," he added.
Turco's first day on the job was July 14 and he is wasting no time working on ways to improve sales.
"My primary goal will be to keep this a high volume thrift store by getting the loads that arrive from the back of the store to the shelf right away. Give the people a deal and go on to the next load. I am confident this approach will enhance the customer shopping experience and bring the sales up at the store," he said.
Stop by the Libertyville thrift store located at 1125 S. Milwaukee Avenue and welcome Richard to the Society. We are blessed to have him.
Store hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Sandwiches make a difference, no baloney
20 years and nearly 78,000 sandwiches later, the St. Vincent de Paul conference at St. Zachary in Des Plaines is still pumping out sandwiches in assembly line fashion every month
250 ham and cheese sandwiches are carefully prepared and delivered along with juice boxes to the Franciscan Shelter, House of Mary and Joseph every first Saturday of the month; and another 300 bologna and cheese sandwiches are made and delivered to Port Ministries every second Saturday.
"It's a good feeling knowing we are providing immediate and direct help to people by providing them a meal," said longtime Vincentian and sandwich program coordinator Dave Mueller. Mueller oversees three teams of volunteers who make the sandwiches using 33 loaves of bread, 550 slices of cheese and 1100 slices of deli meat ensuring all are carefully wrapped, boxed, and placed in the freezer until they are delivered to the shelters the day after they are made.
"Hunger is an overwhelming problem in poor neighborhoods especially for the children. We help feed nearly 600 people every month between the two shelters we make sandwiches for," Mueller said.
Special Video Presentation
157 years of helping those in need
Heartfelt comments from SVdP members known as Vincentians, and several client-friends who were willing to go before the camera to share their story reveal how they were not impoverished by choice but by life changing circumstances that can happen to anyone.
The help they received from SVdP is explained with much gratitude in hopes more awareness is brought before people who have no idea of the huge impact SVdP has on individuals and families in need. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is the oldest charity in Chicago and has provided assistance to hundreds of thousands of Cook and Lake County residents since 1857.