Massive Apartment Fire in Detroit – Your Help Is Urgently Needed!

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St. Vincent de Paul is helping our neighbors in need after the massive four-alarm fire at an apartment building on Detroit’s west side Wednesday morning.

Several people are unaccounted for, three residents were hospitalized and one fire fighter was injured after a massive four-alarm fire at an apartment building Wednesday morning on Detroit’s west side.

Three people were taken to the hospital. Some were being treated for injuries they sustained from jumping out of windows. Their conditions are unknown at this time.

In all, about 25 people were rescued by firefighters.

How Can You Help?

The victims are in need of your help!

There are 3 ways you can donate:

Online:

https://donate.svdpdet.org/

Call:
1-877-ST VINCE

Mail Check To:
St Vincent de Paul Fire Fund
3000 Gratiot
Detroit, MI 48207

Thank you for helping your neighbors in need!

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2014 Urgent Needs from Bill Brazier

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Dear Friends,

My message today is urgent: Many local families are in dire need of help: families where a breadwinner has lost his or her job, destitute seniors, others without the resources to cover basic needs.

I’m rushing out this memo seeking help from YOU and our other most generous supporters with my most fervent prayers.Please, will you make a gift today to help us as needs escalate this winter? Your support is urgently needed…

St. Vincent de Paul is serving many in our community who need utility and rent assistance to keep themselves and their families safe and warm through the winter months. But we can’t do it alone – we need your help!

Some of our neighbors are worried they won’t be able to pay their utility bills. Others are skipping meals or not taking needed medicine as they attempt to cut basic family expenses. They would “tighten their belts” more but literally have no place left to tighten.

But your compassion today will allow us to spare families from making terrible choices that no one should have to make, choosing between eating and paying rent, for example.

With your help, we’ll see the most vulnerable members of our community through the winter… people like Nancy.*

Nancy was worried about being laid off from her job. A single mother of four, living without any kind of child support. Nancy was forced to spend every dime of every pay check to cover basic expenses. Unfortunately, there were no savings, no rainy day fund.

After the layoff, Nancy immediately started searching for other jobs, but was without success. Two and then three months passed without her being able to make her rent. Soon after, her landlord followed through on a threat to evict the family. With no family or friends capable of helping, Nancy and her family found themselves suddenly homeless.

Please recognize that this reality could just as easily befall a co-worker, a family friend, a relative…

When it happened to Nancy, she felt completely lost. She didn’t know what to do. She just wanted the best for her family, as any parent does. But just as she felt as if all hope was lost, she went to a nearby church and discovered one of St. Vincent de Paul’s food pantries.

The volunteers there gave Nancy food for her family and told her about St. Vincent de Paul programs that helped distressed families like hers. The news – and their kindness – overwhelmed her. She felt immense gratitude and relief.

We welcomed Nancy’s family and treated them with dignity and respect as we do with every person or family who seeks our help. Nancy her and her family received not only food, but we helped her to secure housing and furniture. After their experience with homelessness, the children were so thankful for the simple blessing of having beds of their own to sleep in.

Nancy could not believe the love and support she received from St. Vincent de Paul. “They were so kind to us,” she said. “They gave me the encouragement to move on and to never give up.”

This is what your compassionate support makes possible. It allows St. Vincent de Paul to meet essential material needs and restore hope when anyone in our community is suffering and in need of help.

Please, will you make a gift today to help us provide more emergency assistance and meet the pressing needs of local individuals and families?

My greatest concern now is keeping up with requests for help this winter. So please be as generous as possible in helping today…

I hope you’ll remember that needs are especially urgent this time of year. Please know your response will determine how much we can help.

God bless you for caring – and for acting – today!

With deep gratitude,

William D. Brazier
Executive Director
St. Vincent de Paul Detroit

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Archbishop Vigneron begins Lent Serving at St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen

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Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron will be at St. Vincent de Paul’s Matchan Nutrition Center in Pontiac on March 4th (the day before Ash Wednesday) from noon to 1 pm to serve food to the poor and start the season of Lent by providing a witness of caring and doing good deeds.

The mission of the St. Vincent de Paul Matchan Nutrition Center is to serve hot, well-balanced nutritious meals to our neighbors in need, and to provide other life changing social services leading to self-sufficiency.  For over 125 years, St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) has provided vital services in Southeast Michigan, including food, shelter, medical and dental care, utility assistance, disaster relief and emergency support. Additionally, SVdP operates 12 thrift stores throughout the community and provides outreach programs to the youth and elderly including Camp Ozanam and the Matchan Nutrition Center.  SVdP assists nearly 200,000 households annually. To learn more, call 877 ST VINCE (877)788-4623 or visit svdpdetroit.org. 

 

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Fox 2 Detroit Coat Drive

ImageSt. Vincent de Paul has teamed up with Fox 2 Detroit in a Coat Drive to help families in need stay warm this winter.  Fox 2 Detroit is asking people to make a difference by donating a new or gently used coat at any of our 12 conveniently located SVdP Thrift Stores in Southeast Michigan.  

The need is greater than ever! Click here to find a SVdP Thrift Store location or call 877 ST VINCE (877-788-4623). 

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Year-End Tax Donations

With only a few days left in 2013, St. Vincent de Paul is asking its neighbors to do one more holiday act of kindness with a year-end donation of cash, gently used clothing, furniture, electronics or household items.  

“Charitable donations are a good way to reduce your taxes while supporting our neighbors in need,” said Bill Brazier, Executive Director
of St. Vincent de Paul.  “Your gift will allow us to care in the coming weeks for local individuals and families who are hungry, homeless, or otherwise in need. It will also power our efforts in the early weeks and months of 2014.” said Brazier.  

To make a gift for 2013 and take advantage of tax savings for charitable donations, call 877 ST VINCE (877 788-4623) or visit svdpdetroit.org.

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The Spirit of Christmas!

We wanted to share an e-mail that we received from the store manager at our Waterford thrift store.  So touching!

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“Twelve Months Of Michigan” and SVdP Detroit!

Looking for a perfect stocking stuffer? How about picking up a copy of the charming children’s book The Twelve Months of Christmas! For every copy sold through the author’s website, www.thepeartreepress.com from now till December 25th a $5.00 donation will be made to support SVdP Detroit’s Camp Ozanam!

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In addition to knowing that you are helping children in need attend this free summer camp, the author, AnnMarie E. Chiaverilla, has agreed to signs all books ordered from her website. You can even send her an email via her website if you would like her to personalize the book for someone special.

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As described on Amazon.com:

“A colorful fun journey for the whole family! Travel through the state of Michigan with a family of field mice, lead by Pirate Paul and Ana Mae Mouse. Learn not just the state symbols but travel through the months and see some of the unique and beautiful places that make Michigan great! Written and Illustrated by AnnieMarie E. Chiaverilla her first in the series The Twelve Months. Enjoy the journey!”

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Go to www.thepeartreepress.com for your personalized copy of The Twelve Months of Christmas, and help those in need with a $5 donation to SVdP Detroit’s Camp Ozanam! This offer is only available till December 25th!

We thank Oakland MRI and Susan Swider for making this donation possible.

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