* VAN DRIVER NEEDED: The Portland Council urgently needs a volunteer driver for our van to help us for about 6 hours a week to pick up donations. You will need to be able to lift approximately 40 lbs. If you could help us, please call Stephanie at 503-595-2286 or Brian at 503-234-5387. Thank you!
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Jan 102018

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The Holy Redeemer SVdP Conference was formed in 1923.  Our primary ministries today are food distribution and rent/utility assistance.  We also make sandwiches for the Downtown Chapel and homeless people in Portland and do a Christmas Food Box delivery to 105 families within our parish boundaries.  Our conference provided over $30,000 in rent/utility assistance in 2017. 

We also work with Catholic Charities in providing a hot meal and a place for the Ladies of Kenton Village to hold their meetings at Holy Redeemer Parish.  We do this activity twice a month.  Kenton Village is the place where the Homeless ladies live in the tiny houses, and are supervised by Catholic Charities personnel, as these ladies transition from living on the streets to finding jobs and finding their own apartments.

In April of 2017, we finished our food pantry renovation and changed our operation to a shopping style pantry.  We have 8 food pantry volunteer teams, each of whom works every 4th week.  With about 40 volunteers doing food pantry work, consistent training is always an important consideration.  Along with Oregon Food Bank safe food handling videos, we created a training video just for our food pantry.

Holy Redeemer SVDP  has about 75 dedicated volunteers who keep our conference ministry running. The current SVdP Conference President is Nick Santangelo.

 January 10, 2018  Posted by at 11:08 am Featured stories, Uncategorized Comments Off on SPOTLIGHT
Jan 022018
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The SVdP Portland Council is running very low on some things critically needed by our clients, particularly the children. We ask your help to ensure our area children get basics needed for daily living, such as protein foods and hygiene items. Would you please consider donating the following to our pantry?

  •                    Canned tuna
  •                     Canned beef and chicken stew
  •                     Canned ravioli
  •                     Peanut butter
  •                     Canned fruit and shelf-stable individual fruit juices

Also needed are:

  •                     Family size bars of soap, shampoo and deodorant

******Don’t forget—Fred Meyer partners with St. Vincent de Paul—so a portion of your purchases from Fred Meyer will be donated to us. Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to St. Vincent de Paul by going to the Fred Meyer website (Sign up Here). You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number, 91157******

We’re located at 8101 SE Cornwell St., just a few blocks north of the Johnson Creek Fred Meyer. You can drop off your donation at our warehouse Mondays and Fridays from 8:00 – 12:00 & 1:00 – 4:00, and Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 2:30 – 4:00.

Thank you for your generosity and for making a difference in the lives of our hungry neighbors! 


 January 2, 2018  Posted by at 11:43 am Home slideshow, News Comments Off on DON’T LET THE CHILDREN GO HUNGRY


On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Portland Council, and the Conference Presidents as well, we wish to thank Bob Gazewood for his many years of dedicated service to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. As a long time Board member, his judgment, support, and counsel have been invaluable. Bob brought his […]

The Portland Council Welcomes New Staff

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Directions to Portland Council Headquarters

Directions to Portland Council Headquarters

The Portland Council is in a new building at 8101 SE Cornwell Street. This is just across the street from the north edge of the Johnson Creek Fred Meyer parking lot, and a half block west of SE 82nd Avenue. It’s also one block east of the Clackamas Service Center. Public transportation is available via […]