* 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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Stephanie Decker

Jan 102018

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Our Lady of Sorrows St. Vincent de Paul Conference fulfills its service primarily through delivery of food (a 3-5 day supply) and basic hygiene and cleaning products to those in need as well as limited assistance with rent and utilities payments.

​The number of requests have varied recently between 40 – 60 per month, representing 125 – 200 people a month who need assistance to supplement what they have in order to make it through the month. Depending on the number of requests and the size of the households, we have delivered between 3,400 to almost 5,000 pounds of food per month. This averages out to 80 pounds of food and household items per household delivery.

First, Prayers always. ​Prayers for those in need in our parish that they will find all of the help they need. Prayer’s that those in need in  our parish will reach out to the St. Vincent de Paul office in Portland so that we can assist with what we provide. Prayers that those of us in the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Our Lady of Sorrows do our part for those in need in a way that shows respect and recognizes the dignity of the individuals in the households we assist.

​Second, Continue Your Donations​. ​​Thank you for all the support that you provide to Our Lady of Sorrows St. Vincent de Paul Society. Your generous donations of cash, food or other household supplies is very much appreciated.

Generally on the second Sunday of the Month there is an opportunity to donate cash to our Conference. Each week, at the front entrance to the church, there is a collection area for food or household supply donations. And quarterly we have Slip Collection Sunday where one week you can select a slip listing items needed for our food pantry and the following week you can drop the items off when you come to church.

Third, and certainly not least,we can really use a few additional volunteers. ​You do not have to be a full-time volunteer. A few hours a week delivering food (we deliver Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons each week – about 2-3 hours each day), or receiving food from the Oregon Food Bank (deliveries received every other Thursday morning), or cleaning the food pantry would be very helpful. You may volunteer every week,  every other week, or even once a month. We deliver food in pairs so you are never working alone.

​Even a few additional volunteers on an ad hoc basis to assist with deliveries when others are not available due to their schedules or illnesses would be great. If you wish to learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact the Parish Office at 503-775-6731.

Current conference president is Susan Petersen.


 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
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.

 October 12, 2017  Posted by at 12:19 pm Uncategorized Comments Off on COUNCIL LEADERSHIP CHANGE
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