• Powdered milk
• Canned fruit
Thank you to St. John of the Cross for sharing their Souper Bowl collection with our food pantry! We’re grateful for your attention to detail, checking in on our most needed items, organization, generosity and heavy lifting!
Federal Government Shutdown Impacting those in our Area
The Food Pantry will serve federal workers for the duration of the shutdown. Workers must show a valid federal ID or their last paystub from their respective government agency. We are waiving our residency requirement for those furloughed workers during this time. If you or a friend, family member, or neighbor are impacted by the shutdown please know we are here to help.
Recently we have been in contact with some federal workers in our area who are in need of assistance, most for the very first time. These individuals have been continuing to work without getting paid. Partnering with our parish St. Vincent dePaul Society and St. Cletus Social Concerns, we have been able to help with utility assistance, food, household items, and grocery gift cards. If you’re interested in helping here are a few ways we could use your assistance:
1. Monetary donations: These funds help clients with immediate bills such as mortgage/rent and utility assistance. We also use these funds to purchase gift cards to help clients with additional expenses such as gas, grocery, household and personal items. These funds are also used to purchase food at the Greater Chicago Food Depository at a discounted rate. Our dollar goes much further there than yours will at a grocery store.
Donations can be made to EITHER “St. Vincent DePaul” or “St. Cletus Food Pantry” both at Attn: Kendall Grant, 600 W 55th St. LaGrange, IL 60525. Funds are tax-deductible and will be directed to the appropriate accounts.
2. Donate Most Needed Items: Check our most-needed items each week in the bulletin to see how you can best help fill the gaps on our shelves.
3. Volunteer: We need volunteers each Thursday night from 5:30-8:30pm to help with food pantry distribution. To view slots and sign up please visit: https://bit.ly/2s5Hdbj
Domestic Violence Outreach
Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury and death for women of all socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, and affects up to 1 in 10 men and 1 in 3 teens. We invite you to join us to raise awareness and stand in solidarity with all those affected by violence.
Note that these are intended for adult readers. All names have been changed for protection.
At first my boyfriend was so considerate, and overly friendly. Once we started dating he started to accuse me of cheating on him and would call me names. He would repeatedly call to “check-up” on me. One night, he held me down and wouldn’t let me leave his house.
The worst part was that I went along with everything. He would break up with me, and then I would take him back. He blamed me for his behavior, saying that if I was trustable, he wouldn’t have to check on me. He would ask my friends if I was trustworthy and would check to see if my car was at work.
Many women believe that they would recognize abuse, I believed that. I am an educated woman, from a good family, with a job, and a secure future. I never thought I would end up in an abusive relationship. It was so subtle – he stole my self-worth.
How I coped
After we broke up, he started to stalk me. I made two police reports against him and took him to court for a restraining order. I didn’t get it. He followed me everywhere I went, sent lewd messages, threatened me. Six months later, he damaged my car. It has been a year since we broke up, my friends have been a good support and a local abuse support service has helped, too.
How the situation changed
I avoid places I know he goes. Every couple of months he sends a lewd message. However, I have been able to return to a normal life. I am careful about going places by myself. I have finally realized that I am not all the things he called me, and that I am lovable. I am in a healthy relationship now that is full of respect.
What helped me
He had convinced me that I was crazy and unlovable. I started going to the support service and became educated on the cycle of abuse. I saw so clearly that it wasn’t my fault. A support group has shown me that I am not alone. Friends have stuck by me- they were there-they saw what happened.
What I would say to others
It is so easy to deny. I did not want to admit that I could be in an abusive relationship – I wanted to believe that he loved me. If friends and family tell you that there is something wrong with your relationship – really look at what they are saying. Don’t give up your freedom or your self-worth. You deserve to be happy and to feel good about yourself. It may be hard to leave – but it will always be worth. Don’t be afraid to seek legal help or counseling. You are worth it!