ST. ANTHONY-FOREST GROVE CONFERENCE
In 1985, St. Anthony’s Conference of St. Vincent de Paul was established in Forest Grove. Prior to this time, St. Anthony’s parish served the needy in the community through an organization called the Social Action Commission. Often the poor were helped from the priest’s own pocketbook. With the hope that a St. Vincent de Paul ministry be started at St. Anthony’s, Father Louis Sohler encouraged the Pastoral Associate, Sister Florence Peterson, SNJM, to initiate a St. Vincent de Paul ministry. SVdP became the umbrella social outreach organization to our community.
In 1990, Father David Gutmann, then pastor at St. Anthony’s, allowed SVdP to include a monthly donation envelope with the church envelopes. This privilege still provides us with needed funds today. For this we are grateful.
In 1995, eighteen years ago, a partnership was established with Community Action Organization (CAO) and modeled after Care to Share in Beaverton. St. Anthony SVdP and other churches, individuals and organizations in the area, with the assistance of CAO, established the Westco Emergency Fund. These funds are dispersed by CAO for rent and utilities in Western Washington County and are governed by a board of contributing members. This fund still exists today.
Our primary emphasis is providing emergency food boxes to the Forest Grove, Gaston, Gales Creek and Verboort areas. Our shopping style pantry is located in the former rectory on church property rent-free and with all utilities provided.
Intake for food boxes is by appointment either by phone or in person. Our office hours are 9AM-12PM Monday-Friday and 9AM-11AM on Saturday. We serve 200-250 households per month and have just recently allowed 2 food boxes a month for each household. We also offer assistance for water and sewer expenses to the residents of Forest Grove.
St. Anthony’s SVdP is thriving. Our conference consists of 60 members under the capable guidance of John Moore, our current President. We are very fortunate to receive food and monetary donations from several local Protestant and Catholic churches, service organizations, local businesses and individuals. In addition, various grants from organizations, businesses and individuals provide us with funds. We thank God for all these many blessings!
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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!
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.
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.”