Herbert A. Templeton Foundation Partners with SVDP La Pine to Combat Winter Food Insecurity and Sickness

In a heartwarming display of compassion and community support, the Herbert A. Templeton Foundation has generously contributed $5,000 to SVDP La Pine, aimed at reducing food insecurity and sickness during the coldest months of winter in South Deschutes. With La Pine's elevation soaring over 4,000 feet, the onset of freezing temperatures as early as September poses significant risks, especially for the large and dispersed homeless community living in the area. The harsh realities of winter in La Pine are stark, with many individuals and families residing in prefabricated homes, RVs, tents, cars, and makeshift structures scattered throughout the vast forests.…
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Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation Grant Significantly Impacts SVDP La Pine Programs

In December 2023, the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation bestowed SVDP La Pine with a transformative grant of nearly $10,000, marking the largest single grant ever received for direct services, significantly impacting our community-based organization. This generous contribution is poised to make a profound difference in the lives of food-insecure community members in Southern Deschutes, providing essential nutrition support, hygiene kits, and administrative resources. The grant from the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation comes at a critical time, as communities grapple with concurrent challenges such as food insecurity, rising utility costs, and illness. SVDP La Pine's food bank, located in…
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Chambers Family Foundation Partners with SVDP La Pine to Combat Food Insecurity

In a remarkable display of philanthropy and community solidarity, the Chambers Family Foundation has generously provided a grant of $2,500 to SVDP La Pine. This vital support will bolster the efforts of SVDP La Pine's food bank, serving as a beacon of hope for individuals and families grappling with food insecurity in South Deschutes and North Klamath. Food insecurity is a pressing issue that affects countless individuals and families, often exacerbating existing challenges and vulnerabilities. In the face of economic uncertainty and unforeseen hardships, access to nutritious food becomes increasingly precarious. However, thanks to the generous support of the Chambers…
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Rotary Club of Sunriver and La Pine’s Grant Empowers SVDP La Pine to Alleviate the Effects of Homelessness

In a world where compassion often feels in short supply, community initiatives like the recent partnership between The Rotary Club of Sunriver and La Pine and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) La Pine stand out as beacons of hope. Through a generous grant of $2,000, the Rotary Club has enabled SVDP La Pine to extend a helping hand to the homeless population in the area, providing essential resources like propane and laundry vouchers. This collaborative effort is not just a gesture; it's a tangible demonstration of the power of collective action to alleviate poverty and uplift those…
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Oregon Food Bank Provides Rapid Relief

On a regular November morning, SVDP La Pine's Freezer Pump to our main unit went out unexpectedly, ushering a domino effect of volunteers removing viable food meant for community members in need and finding spaces and people who could use it up as quickly as possible. Our team became very nervous because the cost of repair was just under $5,000, and such an amount for our small volunteer-operated food bank seemed unfeasible! However, thanks to an essential program run by the Oregon Food Bank called the Rapid Relief grant; we were able to apply for funding and receive a grant…
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Sunriver Women’s Club Supports SVDP La Pine

In November 2023, the Sunriver Women’s Club awarded SVDP La Pine with a grant of $6,000 to provide 5-gallon propane vouchers to support our homeless community members in Southern Deschutes. The support comprises the most significant single grant given to our community-based organization for propane provisions and will go far to reduce freezing, hunger, and illness in our area. At an elevation of over 4,000 ft La Pine quickly drops below-freezing temperatures as early as September. With a large and dispersed homeless community living in the vast forests in prefabricated and old homes, RV’s, tents, cars, and shanty structures people…
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History of SVDP La Pine

History of SVDP La Pine

Arlene Mura founded the thrift store in the mid-seventies and used the initial profits to build social services for the community, including a food bank out of the thrift store. By the 90's Corinne Martinez became the board president, and soon after, Jerry Moore began as General Manager, and all programs were brought under the name of SVDP La Pine. Since then, the organization has been led by community volunteers and has become a mainstay that thousands rely on during times of crisis and hardship. With connections to every organization in town, a large and bustling thrift store in the…
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