Lord help me to make time today
to serve you
in those who are most in need of encouragement and assistance.
St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660)
Consider Hope
Covid-19, global warming, supply chain disruptions, inflation, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, concerns about China’s growing economic power as well as its intentions for Taiwan, political dysfunction in the US and around the globe, increasing drug overdoses and suicides, elder isolation, surveillance marketing, and a 24-hour news industry constantly bringing us the next bad news with what seems to be a certain excitement. How are we to take all this in and still have hope Let us take St. Vincent’s advice to offer individual encouragement and assistance – today! The more we embrace the people in our immediate surroundings, the more we open ourselves up to improving personal relationships and to hope, for ourselves and for others.
As you read our monthly newsletter, look for what resonates with you and commit to doing something positive about it. You’ll be glad you did and so will the people you encounter as a result.
Event Committee
Do you love to plan and organize people? Do you love events and social gatherings? Do you have a heart for our mission and a bit of time and talent to share?
We need to establish an event committee for the Society and Holy Family. Help us run fundraisers, meet ups, Stuff the Bus, other collection drives, the Annual Mass and Meal, the Harvest Festival, Coat Drives and Giveaway, open houses, the Strawberry Brunch and more. We can provide tech support, office space and connections to our volunteer base.
Thanks to Maureen Roberts for her efforts to revive the St. Thomas Moore Conference and to Maureen's family, Principal Gary Davis, Teacher Andrea Lilla and all the students at the school who recently held a collection drive for our Pantry. We appreciate your focus on service and all your inspiring hard work!
Our emergency assistance programs include the work of our 32 parish-based Conference groups, our Help Line making referrals, and our Ozanam Outreach group who try to handle as many of the requests for assistance outside of a parish as they can.
The need is as strong as ever. If you are able to help us help our neighbors stay in their homes and keep their heat on, please donate or volunteer below today.
We especially need folks to commit to weekly shifts responding to email and phone requests for assistance. You can come to Holy Family or work from home and training is provided.
Join the Hillside Solutions Gives Compost Program

Join between March 14-20 to offer your soil credit donation to our Pantry Garden this year!
  • Join Compost Club by choosing a subscription level by March 20th
  • Sort your compost in any container at home, even things you wouldn’t think you can, for the rest of the year  
  • Drop your compost off any location on the map all year
  • Pick up your 3 cubic feet of soil by the end of the year or donate that to our Pantry Garden 
  • Enjoy other benefits like a year-round discount on soil mix

For more information and to sign up go to: www.hillside.solutions/gives 
50% OFF Moving Sale
at our 5047 S 24th St
Thrift Store STARTS NOW!
We just found out the building was sold and the new owner has new plans for it. We have to be out by the end of March!
Come and enjoy 50% off all items in the store. Everything must go!
We are presenting this article in parts over several months.

"14 Reasons Why You Should Shop at a Thrift Store"
While you may be sold on donating to a thrift store, there are also many reasons to shop at one.

7. Far From Home Items
A thrift shop is a great place to visit while on vacation because you might find items that are less common near your own home.
Sweaters, jackets, and skis are more plentiful in colder climates, and cowboy boots may be easier to find in an area where more people wear them.

8. Exercise Equipment & Appliances
It’s New Years, so you decide to commit to exercising and meal prepping. Fast forward two months: dusty dumbbells, exercise equipment used as a coat rack, and an instant pot that’s never even left its packaging.
But one person’s broken New Year’s resolution is another person’s treasure, so head to your local thrift store to get in shape without breaking the bank.

9. Create Your Individual Style
Many people buy their clothes at the same stores but by shopping at a thrift shop, you can create a wardrobe that’s truly your own. You can also buy the sort of clothes that you can convert into brand new items.
Want material for a quilt or some jeans to turn into cut-off shorts? Then a thrift shop is the place for you. Who knows, you may have a knack at it and end up being able to sell your creations.

10. Broken-in Clothes
Clothes in thrift stores are prewashed and preshrunk, so if they fit in the store, you’ll know they’ll fit after you bring them home and wash them. The same goes for shoes that are already broken in

Join us as we raise money for Holy Family and Hope of the Poor and enjoy some great Irish tunes!
This year we will be offering the opportunity to grow not only for yourself and your family, but for our sack lunches and food pantry as well. There will be community beds, group work times, and harvest days so nothing goes to waste. If you are interested in participating,
In the Spirit of our mission “…to build a more just world through personal relationships with and service to people in need” we are delighted to offer our unique venue to musicians, performers, educators, faith leaders and community groups free of charge, as long as they offer their performance free to the public with the goal of weaving lives together through their art.

We are excited by ongoing collaborations with young artists Mr K's Clubhouse and Alajia McKizia and look forward to welcoming back to the Chapel the Great Plains Theatre Commons and their production of Noah Diaz's The Guadalupes in April.

We recently added to our Chapel calendar a concert by James Schroeder/Mesa Buoy & Megan Siebe and Dan McCarty April 2 as well as performances by international organist Kali Malone and more during the Omaha Under the Radar Festival later this year. Stay tuned for details!
We have seen a huge increase in the numbers of people coming to the door for emergency clothing, toiletries, blankets, and backpacks in recent warmer days.
If you are able to help out, you can shop our Amazon Wish List here or donate by mail or online below. If you do any collection drives for us, please contact Jeff to schedule a drop off time.
We could use what we call salty snacks to round out our lunches as well as a few more weekly volunteers to help make lunches or hand them out.
Did you know we add laundry detergent and toilet paper and sometimes cleaning products to our Street Outreach deliveries once a month? This helps our homebound neighbors with some basic necessities. Consider donating today if you can help us continue this mission.
We could really use volunteers at Holy Family for our Sack Lunch program as well as our help Line, which can be done from home.
If you are interested in volunteering, let us know at the link below.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Omaha at
Holy Family Community Center
1715 Izard St. Omaha, NE 68102