Posts Tagged ‘Society of St Vincent de Paul’

Vinnies continues responding to Gabrielle hardships

Monday, February 12th, 2024

One year after the devastating Cyclone Gabrielle, St Vincent de Paul continues its recovery support in Wairoa. A pivotal visit by St Vincent de Paul Napier council member Dan Sussmilch helped the organisation develop a multifaceted strategy to offer immediate relief and assist in facilitating the community’s long-term rehabilitation. As part of its community involvement Read more

Vinnies Healthy Homes programme helps with cost of living

Thursday, February 8th, 2024

A beacon of hope, Healthy homes, shines for Waikato families grappling with the escalating cost of living. The groundbreaking move is an initiative of the Society of St Vincent de Paul, affectionately known as Vinnies. The innovative initiative programme promises to arm residents with strategies to save approximately $1000 annually on power bills. Healthy Homes Read more

Open all hours: Tara’s Catholic community central to bushfire support

Monday, November 6th, 2023
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Tara’s Catholic community is working day and night to support survivors of the district’s latest bushfire. Last week’s out-of-control fire in regional Queensland burnt tens of thousands of hectares. It claimed two lives. Dozens of properties were destroyed. People – families – have nothing left. Zilch. Tara’s Parish priest Fr Jack MacGinley, who stuck to Read more

Everyone benefits with Young Vinnies running school canteen

Monday, September 12th, 2022

Young Vinnies are running the school canteen at Sacred Heart College, Napier and everyone is benefitting. “It gives everyone the chance to go to the canteen and buy lunch at a very reasonable cost,” says Vinnies Youth Coordinator for Hawkes Bay, Paola Minehan. It also helps the Young Vinnies. “They learn customer service, cash and Read more

Vinnies’ innovative housing project to house seven young families

Monday, March 7th, 2022

Catholic voluntary organisation St Vincent de Paul (Vinnies) has come up with an innovative housing project that will see seven young Christchurch families at a time into warm, dry, secure and affordable homes. So far 55 per cent of the funds needed to complete the project are already confirmed and a fundraising strategy is in Read more

‘Extraordinary amount’ collected for Vinnies food bank

Thursday, November 18th, 2021

Staff at the St Vincent de Paul foodbank were left with the unusual sensation of wondering where to start putting things after a truck loaded to the brim with food arrived at the centre yesterday. Centre and pastoral co-ordinator Sarah Strang said the Dunedin City Council had done a collection around all its staff and Read more

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