Posts Tagged ‘Society of St Vincent de Paul’

Vinnies says food parcel demand is soaring

Thursday, September 9th, 2021

Food parcel demand is surging in Hamilton as Covid lockdown restrictions start to bite across the city. At St Vincent de Paul (Vinnies) Hamilton, demand for food parcels has increased fourfold since the start of level 4 restrictions, general manager Mike Rolton​ says. “Normally we’d do 20 family food parcels per day on average but, Read more

Vinnies Youth impress pensioners

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

Youth branch members of St Vincent de Paul – aka Vinnies Youth – helped redirect about 13,000 free school lunches during last week’s level 3 lockdown in Auckland. The recipients – Auckland pensioners – were reportedly “stunned” to receive the lunches. About 8,000 free school lunches were ready last Monday and another 5,000 were ready Read more

Burglars steal donated food and gifts from Vinnies

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

The Parish Priest of the Palmerston North Cathedral, Fr Joe Grayland, is thanking the local people and businesses for replacing many of the donated Christmas goods and much of the food, stolen over the weekend. “Their generosity has been outstanding, and it restores my faith in human nature”, he says. “They will literally help make Read more

St Vincent de Paul “Free Week” timed just right

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

This week the South Dunedin St Vincent de Paul Shop put no limit on what people can take. “No one has gone over the top, they only took what they need”, St Vincent de Paul area president, Lynlea Forbes told CathNews. “The generosity of people abounds”, she said. Forbes told CathNews that because it is Read more

Youth homelessness on the rise

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

Catholic charities in the UK are warning that that youth homelessness is on the rise. Young people are leading a significant rise in the number of people sleeping rough and facing homelessness in various ways. “If you care about homelessness, youth homelessness should be at the top of your agenda,” the chief executive of the Read more

Act of God damages Napier Vinnies shop

Saturday, October 5th, 2019

A severe hail storm in Hawkes Bay seriously damaged a St Vincent de Paul Opportunity Shop in Napier on Tuesday. Shop manager Richard Kelly-Lowe said water came flooding in “like a river” and caused the suspended ceiling to collapse under the pressure. Kelly-Lowe was at the front window with staff and shoppers fascinated as they Read more

Ozanam House rates remission refusal

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Palmerston North city councillors have asked staff to “please explain” after the surprise decision to charge Ozanam House full rates. Ozanam House provides accommodation for regional cancer patients staying in the city for radiotherapy treatment at Palmerston North Hospital has previously had $18,000 a year in general rates remitted. Read more Related Posts:Palmerston North still Read more

St Vincent de Paul helping reduce waste sent to landfill

Monday, November 20th, 2017

A Wellington op shop is taking the classic “reduce, reuse and recycle” message one step further in an effort to bring its textile waste down to zero. Caroline O’Reilly, the new textile recycling coordinator at St Vincent de Paul in Kilbirnie, is helping reduce the amount of waste the store sends to landfill by repurposing Read more

The Story of Ozanam House cancer home

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

A Home Away From Home Like No Other, published by the Ozanam House Trust to celebrate a half-century of the House’s operations, tells the history of this charitable endeavour. Conceived by the Society of St Vincent de Paul and developed in 1971 in collaboration with the Cancer Society Manawatu, the original Ozanam House began with Read more

Homelessness has many faces

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

The first thing I noticed was his Mercedes. It was only when he got closer that I realised he was also wearing a pretty expensive-looking suit. We don’t see the likes of — well, let’s call him ‘John’ — coming to our soup vans every day. When you’ve been visiting the streets of Melbourne serving Read more