* 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!

Stephanie Decker

Jan 102018


Spotlight Conference


The St. Vincent de Paul Society was first established at All Saints Catholic Church in 1935. Traditionally the groups work quietly as the main social outreach in the parish. An ongoing food drive in the All Saints Conference provides food distributed to needy families and individuals living within the parish borders. Special baskets are prepared for those in need during the holidays, coordinated by Bill Leineweber. The current president of the All Saints Conference is Chris Bushman. All Saints Conference member Bob Dewar has served on the SVdP Board of Directors for several years.

The church and conference are located at 3947 NE Glisan St., Portland, OR 97232.

 January 10, 2018  Posted by at 11:08 am Uncategorized Comments Off on SPOTLIGHT
Jan 022018
Pantry Appeal Image

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.******

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! 


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Jan 022018

We have recently lost two loved members of our community, Tom Lewandowski and the mother of Archbishop Sample.

On December 28th, Tom Lewandowski from St. Therese Conference passed away. Tom had been Conference President at St. Therese for the last 5 years. He was legally blind and had to take the bus or get a ride to all of the Conference meetings—and Tom was always there. Tom was also a great help to our Emergency Services and He will be missed.


Please keep Archbishop Sample in your prayers. His mother passed away on New Year’s Eve Day—December 31st at the age of 89. A prayer service is set for Thursday, Jan. 4, at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.

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Nov 202017
Christmas Appeal 2017

Have you noticed the appalling rise of homeless in the Portland area?

Read the Executive Director’s appeal to all those of faith to step in and help prevent even more of our neighbors from losing their homes. We can make a difference.

Thanksgiving and Christmas food boxes were distributed, so thank you to all who supported us and helped us brighten the holidays for so many.

Read about additions in Portland Council staff and changes in Board of Directors leadership.

Exciting things are happening at St. Vincent de Paul!

To read all about it in the latest Newsletter, click on the link below:

Christmas Appeal 2017


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Oct 122017

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 accounting acumen to assist the Council at a time of great need during a tough financial situation starting in 2011. In 2014 Bob accepted the three-year position of President of the Board of Directors. During his tenure as Board Chair, Bob was instrumental in turning the Portland Council around financially through the sale of funds-draining property, then finding and negotiating the purchase for our current building. His dedication—traveling from his home on the coast to Portland for all meetings and special purposes as needed, was an example of faithfulness and work ethic, and an inspiration to all. Having fulfilled his three-year commitment as Board President, Bob has now stepped down due to increased family responsibilities. We are so very grateful for his service to SVdP. Thank you, Bob.

We are delighted to announce that Gayle Pizzuto, past President of the Ascension St. Vincent de Paul Conference, has volunteered to take on the leadership role as the new President of the St. Vincent de Paul’s Portland Council, starting October 1st, 2017. Gayle has served on the Board for the last three years as Board Secretary, dutifully recording not only Board minutes but Conference Presidents meeting minutes as well. She has been an outstanding Vincentian for over 25 years, and was awarded “Vincentian of the Year” in 2015. Gayle’s willingness to tackle any and all projects that were asked of her while serving as Secretary, will serve her well as Board President. She is excited for the opportunity to work with the Board, as well as the Conference Presidents, in bringing about a greater awareness of the wonderful mission that the Portland Council plays in being of service to the less fortunate of our community. We look forward to your guidance and to serving with you, Gayle.

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Oct 092017

The SVdP’s Portland Council would like to introduce two new staff who recently joined our team: Mike Armentrout, Accounting Manager and Craig Loughridge, Emergency Services Manager.

Mike, a Certified Management Accountant with a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Montana, has many years’ experience as an accounting manager and comes to us most recently from the Archdiocese of Portland’s Stewardship and Development office.

Craig earned his master’s degree in business administration from Marylhurst University, where he also studied nonprofit leadership. He has led nonprofit organizations in south Clackamas County, where he has been a volunteer for more than 20 years.
Craig’s professional experience ranges from managing a real estate business for 15 years to working nine years in customer service, nearly six years in journalism, and four years active Navy service. His most recent positions have been with the Oregon State Grange and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development.
“Every past position I’ve taken on, I did it because I wanted to help others solve problems that were important to them,” Craig said. “I look forward to helping the Portland Council’s clients face their hardships with dignity, respect and the love of God.”


 October 9, 2017  Posted by at 1:06 pm Uncategorized Comments Off on The Portland Council Welcomes New Staff