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St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, Inc.

705 S. Seneca Street P.O. Box 24608
P.O. Box 24608
Eugene, OR 97402

Contact: Terry McDonald, Executive Director
Phone: (541) 687-5820
Fax: (541) 683-9423
St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, Inc.

St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, Inc. (SVDP) focuses on helping people in need, building affordable housing and being good stewards of community resources. Committed to social justice and developing economic opportunities for low-income people in Lane County, Oregon, SVDP's activities include thrift stores, manufacturing and recycling ventures, emergency services, housing programs, and job training. Since inception in 1952, SVDP has developed more than 800 affordable housing units.


Client Population

SVDP serves low-income people throughout Lane County, Oregon, which has a population of 335,180 with approximately 8% identifying themselves as ethnic minorities. This statistic is reflected in the diversity of the clients of SVDP's various programs. Sixty percent are female heads of households. Of SVDP's total client base, 4% are African-American, 18% Latino, 2% Native American, 75% Caucasian, and 1% other. 97% of clients live in a household with a combined income at or below 80% of area median income.


SVDP primarily serves Lane County, which has a population of more than 346,560. All people in need are eligible for services. In the past 12 months, SVDP filled more than 400 medicine prescriptions, increased its affordable housing to more than 800 units, helped 1,825 households pay their utility bills, and distributed 15,800 emergency food boxes. St. Vincent de Paul and its partners completed one major housing project in 2008 and have three which will be completed in 2009, adding over 90 units of affordable housing to our community. Last year, more than 65,000 low-income, homeless, and at-risk individuals benefited from SVDPís outreach and services.


St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, Inc.
Jennifer Weston believes in having the tools necessary to accomplish the task at hand. So in 2006 when she and her two young daughters abruptly left an unhealthy situation and became homeless and in poverty, Jennifer gave herself two years to locate the necessary tools and turn the situation around.

Jenniferís case manager, Elaine Gammill, helped revive Jenniferís long-held dream of applying to the Ford Family Foundation Scholarship Program with the goals of earning a bachelorís degree in child and family studies, a masterís in social work, and a doctorate in psychology.

While her scholarship application reflected some difficulties, she believes her resilience, determination and confidence were factors considered by the selection committee.
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