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.