St. Vincent de Paul and the Detroit Police Department (DPD) are celebrating two years of “Operation Help Families,” a partnership where officers provide hurting families in the City of Detroit with gift cards to St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Thrift Stores. The gift cards can be used at any of SVdP’s 11 stores for beds, furniture, clothing, household goods and more. The Detroit Public Safety Foundation helps facilitate these donations.
In addition to the gift cards, the Detroit Police have strategically placed six SVdP donation bins at Detroit Police Precincts for citizens to donate their gently used clothing and household goods. Therefore, the citizens of Detroit are also a supporting this initiative.
Several hundred families have been helped in the last two years with over 240 SVdP gift cards distributed by DPD officers. Some of the cards have gone to those in the Ceasefire Detroit program, helping former gang members who are in need of basic household items. “We provided hundreds of dollars in gift cards for two particular men who were starting over, thanks to the Ceasefire program. These gift cards were crucial in allowing these men to move to a new, safe location,” explained Catherine Govan, Executive Director of the Detroit Public Safety Foundation.
Most recently, a donation bin has been placed at the Detroit Police headquarters located at 1301 Third Street, Detroit. Those wishing to help the “Operation Help Families” effort may donate online at svdpdet.org.