By Natalie Schrimpf
In an effort to expedite emergency assistance to the thousands of victims recently displaced by Hurricane Harvey’s damage and flooding, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP), Diocese of Cleveland, is encouraging Northeast Ohio residents to make monetary donations directly to its counterpart in Galveston-Houston. Unlike many human services organizations that provide emergency help, St. Vincent de Paul Society’s locally-based volunteers meet people in need face-to-face right where they are, whether it is in their homes, in a shelter or on the street. Donations made directly to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston will be used immediately to provide life lines for men, women, children and seniors who have lost their homes after the storm. Moreover, when donations are made directly to SVDP, there is no third-party service charge incurred. Donations can be made securely online at svdphouston.org or by mailing a check payable to Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 2403 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, TX 77021.
The need for monetary donations at this time cannot be overstated, said Bob Reuter, SVDP Cleveland Board president. “Although the collection and shipping of food and clothing is important in the interim, it won’t solve the long-term challenges of repairing and/or replacing broken windows, beds, cars, stoves, furnaces, cars and more,” he added. “Donations to our friends at the Galveston-Houston SVDP will ensure that the greatest needs of the hurricane victims will be met in a timely and efficient manner.”
Established in 1865, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Diocese of Cleveland, is a local human services and welfare organization of neighborhood volunteer groups residing in participating parishes (“Conferences”) throughout the Diocese of Cleveland’s eight-county service area. Volunteers (“Vincentians”) provide face-to-face emergency assistance to those in need, regardless of their race, ethnicity or religious affiliation. Last year alone, more than 250,000 low-income individuals in Northeast Ohio received over $9 million in aid, which included hunger relief at SVDP’s multiple hunger centers, clothing, school supplies, winter blankets and outerwear, and financial assistance with utilities and rent. SVDP Cleveland is part of an established national and worldwide network of St. Vincent de Paul Society volunteers. SVDP Cleveland’s central office is located at 1404 East Ninth Street, Cleveland. For more information, call 216.696.6525, ext. 3150 or svdpcle.org.