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Founded in 1980 by the Sisters of Mercy and the Catholic Diocese of Norwich, St. Vincent De Paul meets the needs of the poor and homeless in greater Middletown, Connecticut. A four-pronged mission, St. Vincent's provides nutritious meals through our community Soup Kitchen and connects people to basic support services and emergency funds through our Community Assistance Program. We also operate the Amazing Grace Food Pantry and a Supportive Housing Program serving individuals with disabilities.
IN THE NEWS
Taste of the Soup Kitchen
Passersby and attendees at the North End Street Festival and Farmers' Market were treated to delicious gourmet bites of roasted summer vegetable terrine, salmon confit tarts and caramelized onion, date gelato and fresh lemonade outside of the Soup Kitchen recently. Our Soup Kitchen was excited to take part in the festival Community Health Center and share its creative and typical menu created by SVDM's own chef extraordinaire, Jeremiah Rufini. We've come a long way from serving just soup!
Members of LEAD, an SVDM's speaker's bureau made up of people who have experienced homelessness, served as hosts to the Taste of the Soup Kitchen. They gave tours of the Faces exhibit by St. Vincent de Paul artist-in-residence Abby Carter. Folks who may have never have stepped inside enjoyed looking at the dozens of expressive portraits of our guests that grace the walls of the dining room.
Many who enjoyed the appetite-teasers asked our hosts, "Do you eat like this in the Soup Kitchen?" "Come in and taste for yourself!" was the invitation from LEAD reps, urging folks to come inside to enjoy the beef burritos listed on Soup Kitchen indoor menu.
Please support "Pack a Pickup with Proteins for the Pantry" food drive, Sat., Aug 29, at Stop & Shop on 416 East Main St., Middletown from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by three local service clubs, the Altrusa International of Central CT, Civitan Club of Middletown,and Soroptomist of CT River Valley will be at both entrances accepting donations to benefit Amazing Grace Food Pantry. Click to read more »
The Soup Kitchen is in need of forks, spoons, and mugs. If you have extras please bring them to SVDM, 617 Main St., Middletown between 7:30-1:30 Monday through Saturday. Thank you!
Mark your calendar and note the new location for our annual Amazing Challenge Soup Supper to benefit Amazing Grace Food Pantry. Due to its sell-out size in recent years, the Soup Supper will now be held at Cross Street AME Zion Church, Thurs. Oct. 22, from 5-7. Besides the larger venue, we definitely plan for more soups this year from local businesses, faith communities, organizations and individuals. The Amazing Challenge Soup Supper is held each year to raise funds to meet the City of Middletown's Challenge Grant of $22,500. A free-will offering will be available. We continue to serve over 1,000 families every month at Amazing Grace Food Pantry. Tennis, Anyone? Connecticut Open
50/50 PROJECT Helps Support St. Vincent de Paul Middletown
The 2015 Connecticut Open set for August 21-29 will offer fans a week-long festival of food, music, activities, and outstanding women's tennis. You can catch all the excitement and help raise money for St. Vincent de Paul Middletown by purchasing tickets for the 2015 Connecticut Open.
By purchasing tickets using the easy method below, 50% of your total net purchase will go back to St. Vincent de Paul Middletown. How to purchase your tickets:
Thank you Liberty Bank for the recent $2,500 grant check for St. Vincent de Paul Middletown. Liberty Bank was one of just two banks in Connecticut to be recognized under the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston FHLB's Grants for New England Partnership. Because of their extensive participation in the program, Liberty was presented with a $2,500 grant check to give to a local nonprofit. Liberty selected us! "The relationship between Liberty and St. Vincent's goes back more than 20 years, with large numbers of bank employees volunteering regularly at the soup kitchen, numerous grants from our foundation, and proceeds from our annual customer golf tournament going to benefit the agency," Liberty Foundation Sue Murphy, executive director said. The funds were gratefully received by SVDM's executive director Ron Krom and Ebony Lockhart, a permanent supportive housing client of St. Vincent's and a member of LEAD, a group of people who have experienced homelessness and who serve as advocates for better systems to address housing crises.
Pictured: Susan Elliott, executive vice president and chief business officer of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, presents a $2,500 grant check to Ron Krom, executive director of St. Vincent DePaul Middletown. With them are Ebony Lockhart, a permanent supportive housing client and housing advocate, and Liberty president and CEO Chandler Howard. Nicole Charest (left), Taylor Hurlburt (middle) of Middletown, and Melissa Mau of Haddam are three students of Project Might (Middletown's Insecurity Gardening Hydroponics Talapia)
group that raised and harvest tilapia for our guests in the soup kitchen. The team brought their 150 fish to the soup kitchen and cleaned them before our chef Jeremiah Rufini cooked them as a gourmet lunch. CLICK TO READ MORE »
Thank you everyone who walked, raised funds, donated or participated in some way to the great success our Walk Against Hunger. In our third year, we netted $28,777.55 to be used on behalf of the people we serve!
With the warming center closed and reduced bedding at the local shelter, our guests could use two-man tents, tarps and sleeping bags. Please bring them to SVDM, 617 Main St., Middletown between 7:30-1:30 Monday through Saturday.
An interview with Ron Krom, Executive Director, St. Vincent de Paul Middletown.
How did our life's journey lead you to the doorstep of St. Vincent de Paul Middletown?
I've been active in ministries serving the poor and homeless for more than 30 years. I've lived in very poor communities in Latin America, worked in inner-city Seattle and Hartford here in the U.S., and managed housing programs, soup kitchens and food pantries. At St. Vincent de Paul Middletown, I am priviledged to be able to provide all of those services in the very neighborhood that I live. CLICK TO READ FULL INTERVIEW Read about the new system
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Thanks, Cynthia and Fran Galle of Neon Deli who just brought us 30 pounds of spices! Our chef Jeremiah thanks you.
"The thyme is something that I use almost daily as part of stocks, broths and sauces, as well as most roasted meats, potatoes and vegetables. Tarragon will be used in vinaigrettes and cold composed salads. The other spices will be used in various house made blends such as garam masala, jerk marinades and curry paste. They're a huge help in maintaining some variety and diversity of cuisine at time when I am receiving huge quantities of the same items over and over again, which is currently the case with zucchini, or as with root vegetables in the colder months." ---Jeremiah Ruffini
Hooray and thank you, Feed the People Charity, area pizza places and pizza connoisseurs for picking the favorite pies and raising $2,500 at the recent Pizza War in Middletown! DaVinci Pizza of Higganum was the people's choice as first place winner this year! Our Place of Middletown, took second, and No Anchovies Pizza of Cromwell won third.
Thank you to Alex who just celebrated his 11th birthday. Instead of gifts, he asked for donations for Amazing Grace Food Pantry
Thank you Moody School for your recent donation of radishes that our chef Jeremiah Rufini served as a garnish on our recent fish gourmet lunch. That day we had pickled onions with herbs grown in our Erin Street community garden plot, wheat berry salad, along with the radishes!
Thank you, Middletown and Rocky Hill postal patrons and their U.S. Post Offices for the 11,300 pounds of non-perishable food items picked up and delivered on Saturday! All items collected in the annual postal food drive were delivered to St. Vincent de Paul Middletown's Amazing Grace Food Pantry, on 16 Stack Street, Middletown.
Forty-four 4th grade students from Lawrence School in Middletown visited the Amazing Grace Food Pantry to meet a delivery of food from Peapod by Stop and Shop. The Lawrence School students applied for funding from Kids Give Back in New Haven and received a $250 grant from Peapod. After winning, the students visited the Peapod website and placed their order for foods they thought were healthy. The students did a great job of shopping and were able to provide the Amazing Grace Food Pantry 248 pounds of food to help feed our hungry neighbors. Our heartfelt thanks to the 4th grade students at Lawrence School, Kids Give Back, and Peapod by Stop and Shop for this generous donation.
Thank you, Lawrence Elementary School for your recent contributon of 700 pounds of cans of food to Amazing Grace Food Pantry! Hooray to the kindergarten classes who challenged the older students to raise 100 pounds each class! CLICK TO READ MORE
How to hold a food drive. "Do you or your group want to hold a food drive for Amazing Grace? Click to learn how...
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