Thanks to the help of our volunteers, the St. Matthew Church parishioners, area businesses and many residents in the Hillsboro area we were able to serve over 39,000 in 2015. Click here to learn more about the work we do in our community.
We work daily with the homeless. Click on the link above for an excellent article that appeared recently in the Hillsboro Tribune. It describes the current situation close to home for now and into the future.
Pat Featham, who serves as the St. Matthew Conference Vice President, is a tireless advocate for the poor. Click here to read the letter she recently received describing the outstanding results of her work when she and others teamed with representatives from the Oregon Food Bank to carry this advocacy to the State Legislature. Thank you, Pat!
One of the functions of SVDP, and a major one, is to serve as a conduit for the good works that you all do. Do you have an extra bed, a dresser, some time, or a small donation? Rest assured that all that you give goes to truly needy individuals. This is true of those personal computers that may have been replaced by a newer model. We can take those PC's and put them to good use. Here, one of our clients, a local area student, receives a refurbished PC donated by a parishioner, refurbished, and forwarded on. Thank you to all who remember us when donating those unneeded items.
St. Vincent de Paul is a worldwide organization, facing similar problems far and wide. See how our counterparts in Australia view problems that are all too common in our own land. Click here to see the Imagine Video.
The students of St. Matthew School have been collecting and saving old cell phones and donating them to St. Vincent de Paul. In turn, we have found a salvage buyer who has given us $116.50 for them. This goes a long way toward such things as rental assistance, utility help, direct purchases of food from the Oregon Food Bank and just paying the bills to help out. Thank you St. Matthew students … you are a big help in completing our mission!
Click here to read the story of how the St. Matthew Conference of St. Vincent de Paul provided a home for several months to a young mother and her middle-school daughter for the winter.