I just finished reading (Carol Feineman’s Dec. 20 column, page A4, “Let’s help our homeless residents, not ignore them”) about helping the homeless in Lincoln.
We at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) have been doing just that for the past nine years.
Your paper has printed several articles about our SVdP Conference located at 280 Oak Tree Lane in Lincoln over the years. We minister to the homeless who live along Auburn Ravine all the time. We usually meet them at McBean Park and give them food and food vouchers to Safeway.
We have also provided clothes, blankets, tents etc., and have put some of the homeless for a night or two in the Holiday Inn Express in Lincoln. All someone has to do is call our hotline number at 645-7201 and we can see what we can do for them.
The Lincoln Community Foundation has just awarded us a $2,000 grant, which we will be receiving at the City Council Meeting on Jan. 22. One-hundred percent of that grant money will be used by our organization to feed the poor and homeless, help pay rents and utility bills etc.
We also work closely with the Lighthouse to help some of the less fortunate in our community.
We appreciate your article about the homeless in Lincoln as many people don’t believe or know that “yes,” there are homeless people in Lincoln.
Ours is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, and 100 percent of all funds received are dedicated to helping the poor and homeless.
Thanks to the generosity of the parishioners of St. Joseph Catholic Church, we have done a lot over the years to help the poor in our area and we appreciate the support that your paper has given us in printing articles about some of our events in the past.
Thank for championing the cause of the homeless.
Ron Morin, Lincoln