The Robson Ranch Arizona Ladies Social Club held their luncheon on March 9, 2020. The theme was St. Patrick’s Day, so many were dressed in green to celebrate the holiday.
Our guest speakers were Monica Penzenstadler and Sylvia Cassity from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, in Casa Grande. They provided information about their organization and what it does to help others in the community.
St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic organization that was started in Casa Grande in 1987. They moved to their current location at 405 E. 2nd Street in 1995, which houses a benevolent office, a food pantry, and a thrift store. The benevolent office interviews people to see if they qualify for services and provides them with assistance such as housing, utilities, transportation, and other assistance. The food pantry distributes food boxes, and the thrift store provides major funding for the organization, while also allowing people in need to choose clothing at no charge. Other funding comes from local businesses and professionals, the Community Action Human Resources Agency (CAHRA), contributions from residents and visitors, and others. Monica shared the following challenges that their organization is currently facing. The thrift store sales are down, more people are requesting assistance, and their income is not keeping up with increased salaries and utility expenses. She said that if anyone is interested in offering their assistance by volunteering or donating items such as clothing, household items, and furniture, to see the information on their website at svdpusa.org. They accept any and all donations, including monetary contributions.
We welcome all ladies to join us at future meetings, once activities begin again at Robson Ranch. In the meantime, please stay safe!