St. Vincent de Paul seeks new location
Even though St. Vincent de Paul of Crook County currently does not operate a food bank, plans are in the works to open a smaller operation in the coming months.
Meanwhile, the nonprofit organization is still accepting monetary donations.
Members of the local Knights of Columbus presented a check to the St. Vincent de Paul volunteer president for support of the continuing mission of St. Vincent de Paul in Prineville during a monthly parishioners' breakfast on Sunday morning, Oct. 7 in the St. Joseph's Catholic Church parish hall.
The Knights of Columbus local council Grand Knight Steve Schilling presented the $2,067.23 check to Jim Rodosevich, president of St. Vincent de Paul of Crook County.
"This check presentation is significant, since the community needs to know that we at St. Vincent's are still in business but need financial support through grants, donations and gifts such as this to re-open," Rodosevich said.
Due to a shortage of funding, St. Vincent's vacated its location at the Northeast Court Street address on Sept. 30, where they had been for 10 years. They had operated a food bank, a social services office and a recycling operation.
"We are currently looking for a place to operate a food bank, exclusively," Rodosevich said.
In the meantime, Rodosevich has stored two vans and St. Vincent's forklift, along with the essentials for a food bank, such as shelving, carts, desks and office supplies, at his home. He has also set up a temporary office at his home to continue the work of St. Vincent's.
In 2017, the nonprofit organization distributed 230,000 pounds of food to 9,646 people with volunteers giving of 7,212 hours of their time, and traveling 21,013 miles to do this, Rodosevich reported.
"We expect to continue to help those in need to the same extent that we had in the past," he said.
As a result of St. Vincent's food bank temporarily closing, NeighborImpact and the First Baptist Church Food Pantry partnered to expand the church food bank hours through the end of the year. It is open from noon to 2:30 p.m. each Thursday in the singlewide trailer in the east parking lot of First Baptist Church.
St. Vincent de Paul of Crook County is still accepting donations, which can be mailed to: St. Vincent de Paul, PO Box 545, Prineville, OR 97754.