Author: Dhyana Kearly

“Meat the Need” Benefits St. Vincent de Paul

500 Pounds of Beef to Support Our Community

This 2020 year has been especially hard on families who are suffering physical and economic hardship, and so we are profoundly grateful for the generous gift donated by the High Desert Livestock 4H Club.

As part of the Club’s “Meat the Need” community service project, SVdP received a black angus steer raised by Saul Nunez. The Club partnered with Quail Valley Angus Ranch & Butcher Boys which allowed our organization to have 500 pounds of ready-to-give cut and wrapped packages of prime beef.

The High Desert Livestock 4H Club is led by Dennis Hilderbrand and Mark & Casey McKinnon. The 4-H members are shown below (from L-R): Michael McKinnon, Ira McKinnon, Grace Flitner, Joann McKinnon, Jenny McKinnon, Easton Perrin, Cash Wells, Saul Nunez, Paisley Wood, Nehemiah Becker, Taylor Eschevarria and Seth Smith.

This “Meat the Need” 2020 project did exactly that and many in our community are grateful!

Donors Support Keeps Us Focused on Helping Those in Need

We very much appreciate the financial support donors have provided St. Vincent de Paul of Crook County during the Pandemic.  These donations have allowed volunteers and volunteer staff to stay focused on helping those in need.

Food Pantry business jumped in March, serving over 1,000 household members as the Pandemic shutdown hit home. However, as federal benefits flowed in, visits to the food pantry dropped off, declining to their lowest in May.

Inspired by Virginia Hilderbrand, a Board Member, we started delivering food directly to residents of local mobile home parks, starting the end of May.  Many were either not aware of our services or afraid to access them.  We are now back to providing food to over 1,000 people per month.  We have traveled to 7 mobile parks and plan to visit several more.

Demand for Emergency Services was highest in December and January, then trended down to very little in April.  Starting in May, demand picked up, and where it goes will depend on continuing federal and state benefits.  We work to fill gaps in rent relief not covered by State grants administered by Neighbor Impact.  Those seeking temporary shelter are mostly fleeing domestic violence.  We served 37 adults and 20 children in May and June.  We allocate $2,000 per month for Emergency Services.  When demand exceeds that amount, we are spending cash reserves or unexpected donations such as yours.

Thank you for your continuing support.

Charles H Kurtz

St. Vincent de Paul wraps up 2019 with gratitude for community support

St. Vincent de Paul wraps up 2019 with gratitude for community support

St. Vincent de Paul releases 2019 Statistics

There are over 23,000 people living in Crook County. Thirteen percent of these people have income under the federal poverty level. That means 3000 people in our County need help just to survive. St. Vincent de Paul Society of Crook County’s mission is to help these people meet their basic needs. We couldn't accomplish everything we do without the generous support of this community. Today we are sharing our statistics for the past year, with a special note of appreciation for all those volunteers, community members, donors and supporters who made last year a success.

Statistics from our 2019 Year of Operation:

  • Ave. Volunteers  each Month     31
  • Volunteer Hours Works                6,000
  • Volunteer Miles Driven                17,600
  • Food Received, pounds                162,000
  • Households Served                        2,700
  • Total Guests Served                      7,300
  • Equivalent Meals Provided          110,000  (3 meals/day for 5 days)
  • Value of Meals Provided              $165,000 ($1.50 per meal)
  • Emergency Help Provided           $16,940

Pantry Hours to Change

Pantry to open one Saturday each month

The Food Pantry operated by St. Vincent de Paul Society of Crook County will open one Saturday a month starting November 23rd to accommodate those who work during the week and can’t visit the Panty during normal hours of 1 PM to 3:30 PM Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The Pantry will be open the fourth Saturday of month except for December when it will open the third Saturday.

Saturday Pantry hours will be Noon to 3 PM.

The Pantry is located at 1103 NE Elm St., Prineville, OR, on the north side of the parking lot.

Easy access to making online donations — safe, secure option for local donors

Easy access to onlne donations, safe, secure option for donors

Providing easy access to online donor options, St. Vincent de Paul of Crook County continues it's mission to provide aid to the needy

People who find themselves in a tough spot in the Prineville area understand that they can rely on St. Vincent de Paul of Crook County to provide help in a pinch, specifically food and emergency assistance. In an effort to make it easier for folks from all over Central Oregon to contribute to this important effort, the organization recently implemented a new online donation system via the St. Vincent de Paul of Crook County (SVdPCC) website which can be reach by typing in

“Donating online has become much easier for those who support our organization,” said Thomas MacDonald, SVdPCC board member and community advocate. “We now have simple forms that feature the option of setting up a recurring donation directly from our website.  Monthly donations are the life blood of our organization. With the easy and simplicity that this provides, we hope donating online becomes a popular feature for our donors.”

St. Vincent de Paul of Crook County is locally organized and is focused on serving anyone in need with dignity and respect. Through donations by individuals and local businesses, they provide food and a variety of social services to individuals who are in need.

The organization was formed in 1977 and has been an important part of the local community for more than four decades. St. Vincent de Paul is part of an international society devoted to works of charity with more than 4,400 conferences in the U.S. alone. This Conference is located in the rural community of Prineville and serves the people of Crook County.

“Our aim is to promote human dignity and personal integrity through the work we do and the services we provide,” MacDonald added. “We feed and help people every month. Our new online donation system is integral to our work and the process is convenient, safe and secure.”

SVdPCC is located at 1103 NE Elm St., Suite 140 in Prineville. Services are available Tuesday through Thursday every week from 1 to 3:30 p.m. For more information visit the website or call 541-447-7662.