To: Our Valued Friends and Supporters
From: Denis Dugan, Naples District Council President
It has now been almost a year since the Naples area was devastated by Hurricane Irma which forced many of us to face dramatic, forced changes in our lives and the way we go about doing things. Since the loss of our Davis Boulevard Thrift store, which provided a significant portion of our income used to help the needy, the Naples District Council, Society of St. Vincent DePaul, has been all about necessary, difficult and, in the end, healthy change. We have had to sell the Davis Boulevard property, reassess our ministries, improve our work processes, modify program staffing, and evaluate the hours we are available to provide services to our needy neighbors. We are working through our problems and, with the help of our dedicated staff and volunteers:
- are engaged in an active search for a site to establish a new Thrift Store facility.
- implemented a new intake procedure designed to provide more focused and confidential help to our neighbors.
- upgraded the quality of the meals served to more than 150 people enrolled in our Meals on Wheels program. (Totally nongovernment funded)
- reallocated available funds to the most needed programs we offer. authorized the initial steps for conducting a major fund-raising drive.
- continue to provide our needy neighbors with rent, utility help, clothes, furniture, household goods, food, and other services.
Thankfully, sales, contributions, and donations have been abundant in the past year, due to the generosity of our donors and the outstanding work of the store staff and volunteers. We are most grateful for their dedicated service at this time of special need. Your shopping and donation of goods is greatly appreciated. If you would like to help us help our neighbors through a donation, please call our dispatch department for a free large furniture pickup at (239) 775-2907 or visit the Bonita store at 3725 Bonita Beach Road. The number to call is (239) 775-2907, choose option #3. A monetary donation or goods can also be dropped off at the Family Assistance Center, 4451 Mercantile Avenue, Naples. The number is (239) 775-1667. Check the location nearest you.
St. Vincent DePaul is all about: Helping our neighbors get from today to tomorrow in difficult times. Please make a donation to St. Vincent DePaul, Naples Thank you for your continuing support. In the Vincentian Spirit, Denis Dugan President, Naples District Council