St. Thomas Cares includes the St. Thomas Care Pantry and provides food and financial support to parishioners and area families.
Due to the coronavirus, there is an increase in the number of area families (including parishioners) in need of food and financial assistance. If you are in need of help or if you are aware of anyone else in need of help, please call or email the OSJ Office (Mike, firstname.lastname@example.org, 630.355.8980, x121). The parish will respond through the St. Thomas St. Vincent de Paul Society or Outreach and Social Justice Office
Many organizations are in need of funds to allow them to help others in this extraordinary situation. Consider making a donation as you are able.
If you would like to make a donation to St. Thomas Cares, there are two ways:
1. Checks can be written to “St. Thomas OSJ” with “Care Pantry” in the memo and sent to St. Thomas OSJ – ATTN: ANNE (1500 Brookdale Rd., Naperville, IL 60563).
2. Go to www.stapostle.org and click “Please Give” box on the home page. Select “Click here to setup your online giving account.” You have the choice of setting up an account or “Quick Give.” Click the “funds” drop down list and select the “St. Thomas Cares” fund. CLICK HERE TO GIVE.
St. Thomas Cares
Mary’s Corona Virus Story
Mary is a single mother with 5 children (11 months to 9). She left an abusive relationship about one year ago and as a result has an eviction on her record that has been a barrier to finding an apartment. So the family of 6 has been motel living in one room for nearly one year. She was employed at a retail store until the virus shut it down. Her last paycheck was delayed. She has filed for unemployment. In the meantime she found another job at a gas station. But she needed one week in the motel before her check arrived. St. Thomas Cares paid the week.
St. Thomas Cares Story
Jimmy and his wife Jane, a couple in their 60s, have fallen through a hole in the current safety net for some homeless families. Jane has been in and out of hospitals and nursing homes for a few years due to serious medical issues. Currently they are living in a motel no income. Her $770 SS disability check is being reinstated from being paid to the last nursing home she was in. She is particularly at risk with the COVID-19 virus.
Forty DuPage PADS homeless clients are being housed at the same motel where Jimmy and Jane are staying. However, DuPage PADS is unable to take new clients at this time. DuPage County Social Services, due to federal restrictions, have not been able to use their funds for motels. They have been trying to change that and just received some grant funds April 8 that can be used for motels.
Saret, a small local area charity has helped for a number of weeks and were out of funds. St. Thomas Cares normally helps in motel situations when there is a plan going forward and only for one week. Thus far, St. Thomas Cares has helped for two weeks and may need to do another week before DuPage County can mobilize their new grant funds.