Letter from the Co-Chairs
Both of us have been blessed to be involved at St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati for years. We have distributed Thanksgiving meals together, led Board meetings, celebrated special events and visited our neighbors in their homes, to mention a few of our wonderful experiences. We cherish countless special memories from those experiences. But throughout our time, we have also experienced moments of hopelessness. We have seen firsthand just how great the need is in our community, as demonstrated by long lines of neighbors stretched out the door and down the street on cold winter mornings, waiting to access services at SVDP.
When moments of hopelessness do arise, it is generous people like you who consistently restore our hope. In 2016, SVDP decided to expand access to its services through the $12 million Upward Spiral Comprehensive Campaign. This would be accomplished through the construction of a new outreach center in the West End allowing us to offer all of our core services to neighbors simultaneously, six days a week. Additionally, neighbor-to-neighbor support in more than 70 Greater Cincinnati neighborhoods was to be increased by providing financial assistance to SVDP’s Conferences through our Conference Assistance Fund.
Well, the great news is that 402 people like you made donations ranging from $4 to $1 million to make the $12 million Upward Spiral Comprehensive Campaign a reality. We surpassed the $12 million goal in December. We also celebrated the grand opening of our new Don and Phyllis Neyer Outreach Center on November 8, and the Ed and Joann Hubert Family Conference Assistance Fund has been established. Of all we have experienced together at SVDP, witnessing your generosity has been one of the greatest gifts. We are grateful for your involvement in this historic effort.
Thank you for learning about our neighbors’ needs, for understanding how SVDP helps meet those needs and for responding so generously to our requests for your support. You have made our services more accessible for our neighbors, you have helped build a beautiful space that reminds
our neighbors of their inherent dignity, and you have empowered Vincentians with the resources needed to respond to more neighbors.
Most importantly, thank you for believing, along with us, that through this effort, we all can move upward together. We are proud to share more about what you have helped accomplish through the Upward Spiral Comprehensive Campaign in the pages that follow. This year marks the beginning of a new era of service for SVDP. Your support of our work and faith in our mission are what got us here. Thank you for your generous
extension of compassion and care to our neighbors in need
Becky Catino and Bart Kohler
Upward Spiral Co-Chairs