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St. Vincent de Paul NKY News & Events


March 6, 2021

Our refrigerator and freezer has arrived at our new Campbell County Food Pantry, thanks to the generous support of the Freestore Foodbank!

March 2, 2021

The Countdown is on! Our NEW Cold Spring Food Pantry opens to those in need, TOMORROW, Wednesday, March 3rd. Special thanks to the following organizations, companies and people who helped make this possible:
St. Vincent de Paul, St. Therese Conference
Geiman Burkhardt Electric
Keller Builders, Inc.
Jeremy Hildebrand
Location: 3972 Alexandria Pike
Two timeframes to receive food on Wednesday:
-9 a.m. until noon
-4 p.m. until 6 p.m.
If you are not able to make it this Wednesday, March 3rd, we are also open on Saturday (March 6th) from 9 a.m. until noon and on Monday (March 8th) from 9 a.m. until noon. And will continue to be open every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday of each week!
Some things to know:
-Please bring your Photo I.D.
-Facemasks and physical distancing required to enter
-4 people inside the pantry at one time to help with physical distancing
-Please wait in your car if you see 4 people already inside

February 24, 2021

Our NEW Thrift Store (Opening Mid-April) and Food Pantry in Cold Spring was featured on WCPO 9 News.

February 8, 2021

Thanks to funding from the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, we have been able to install air sterilizers at our Erlanger location. The new sterilizers are just one more way we are keeping our customers, clients and staff safe during the pandemic.

January 27, 2021

We are excited to share the news of our NEW Campbell County food pantry and thrift store opening this year, located at 3970-3972 Alexandria Pike in Cold Spring, Kentucky. The new food pantry will open on March 1st and will be open three days a week on Monday’s, Wednesday’s, and Saturday’s from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Wednesday evening’s from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The new thrift store is set to open mid-April. We are excited for what is to come! Read about our new location on Fort Thomas Matters website at

January 12, 2021

We are very blessed to receive funds from Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky to provide rental assistance to our NKY neighbors in need. Check out the exciting news and read more about it by going to: 

January 11, 2021

Less people will need to worry about paying their rent thanks to the generosity of the  Greater Cincinnati Foundation COVID-19 Regional Response Fund. These funds provided to St. Vincent de Paul Northern Kentucky will be distributed by our Assistance Office.


January 4, 2021

Did you know that through our Sweet Dreams Bed Program, we provide beds year-round to youth, those with physical disabilities and the elderly? We are grateful for the generosity of these foundations for funding our Sweet Dreams Bed Program: Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation/ US Bank Foundation and the Marge and Charles J. Schott Foundation. Thank You!

December 21, 2020

Our annual canned food drives with St. Xavier Highschool and Notre Dame Academy were a huge success! These two schools go above and beyond to literally collect tons of nonperishable food items for our food pantries in Erlanger and Falmouth. Together, St. X and NDA collected over 31,000 pounds of food! THANK YOU for being neighbors we can count on!




December 16, 2021

We are blessed to work with Scarf It Up For Those In Need, to help keep our NKY neighbors in need warm this winter!

December 10, 2020

Happy #ThankfulThursday! We are thankful for our wonderful volunteers! A special shout out to Heritage Bank and U.S. Bank for volunteering at our donation center and thrift stores. THANK YOU! Also, thank you to U.S. Bank for their generous donation to support our assistance programs, that help our NKY neighbors in need. If you or your business are looking for volunteer opportunities, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Mark Bradley, at or 859-426-2649.

December 1, 2020

Today is #GivingTuesday and we invite you to watch the video, by clicking here, with a message from our Executive Director, Karen Zengel.
If you are compelled to donate and help our neighbors in need with rental assistance, donations can be made online on our website. Donations made will be matched, giving you the opportunity to make more of impact. We are in a friendly competition with St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati, St. Vincent de Paul Louisville, Society of St. Vincent de Paul North Texas and St. Vincent de Paul Georgia. Help us get the highest amount of donors, by participating in #GivingTuesday! Thank you for being a neighbor we can count on.

October 19, 2020

Did you know that from the beginning of the pandemic starting in March up until now, we have helped 1,931 families in need with their rent and utility bills? We are so proud of all the hard work our SVdP staff and Vincentian volunteers have been doing these past 7 months to serve our NKY neighbors in need.

September 27, 2020

Today, was the official Feast Day of St. Vincent de Paul. We had our Feast Day Mass celebration last weekend at St. Augustine Church in Covington, where we celebrated our dedicated NKY Vincentians. It was a wonderful celebration and we are were grateful that Most Reverend Roger J. Foys was able to join us.


September 18, 2020

Today marks a milestone!! We recorded over $300,000 in rent and utility assistance since the beginning of the pandemic in mid March. We’ve had the opportunity to serve over 2,700 neighbors in need with their rent and utility bills. We would like to thank our generous donors who made this possible and our Vincentians who have taken the time to call on our neighbors struggling to make ends meet, reassuring them that they were not alone in their struggles. We are truly blessed to serve.

September 4, 2020

Congratulations to these charities who have continued their Accreditation! Upholding the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability shows transparency to your donors, volunteers, employees and the community!
The Children’s Home
Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky
Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio
St. Vincent de Paul – Northern Kentucky
Tender Mercies
Over-the-Rhine Community Housing
Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati

July 24, 2020

Yesterday we passed an important milestone in our ministry – we took our 1,000th request for financial assistance since COVID-19 began affecting our community. Through the grace of God and the generous support of our community, we’ve been able to share nearly $200,000 in rent and utility assistance since March 16 with our neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet.

July 15, 2020

We are excited to announce that we have been selected as the winner of 2020 Best of NKY in the Thrift Shop category! Thank you to everyone who voted for us! A huge thank you to our customers for shopping at our thrift stores and supporting your NKY neighbors in need.

July 1, 2020

St. Vincent de Paul Northern Kentucky is proud to partner with our Northern Kentucky Non-Profit partners to serve all Northern Kentuckians, regardless of background or race. Read the full statement here:

June 29, 2020

We would like to thank Greater Cincinnati Foundation for the $50,000 grant that has helped us to serve our neighbors in need. To date, we have provided $250,000 in emergency assistance to those impacted by COVID-19.

June 23, 2020

We would like to thank Cole Hetzel for donating proceeds from his World Record Whiffle Ball Tournament, to St. Vincent de Paul NKY! Thank You for being a neighbor we can count on!
Check out the article on River City News, by clicking here,  for more details on his record setting tournament!

June 22, 2020

Facebook live with Kenton County Government Facebook Page. Watch the video by clicking here. Karen Zengel, Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul – Northern Kentucky, discusses the work of her organization in the community during COVID-19 with Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann. “Our community has been fantastic and I think just has really rallied around the need that’s here. We’ve been very blessed to have some strong financial support during that time from both foundations and individual supporters that have helped us meet the need and then some. I’m very excited and proud to say that we even expanded our outreach to areas where we typically were not able to help in the past because we didn’t have an active conference available in that area.”

June 3, 2020

All of our thrift stores (Erlanger, Florence, Falmouth) are open! Monday-Saturday, 9 am to 7 pm and Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm.
When you shop at our thrift stores you are supporting your NKY neighbors in need. Thank You!
When you do come to see us:
-Please wear a mask for the protection of your fellow customers and our staff.
-If you don’t feel well, have a fever or cough, please come see us when you are feeling better.
-Please maintain a safe distance (6 feet) from others.

June 1, 2020

We are excited to announce that we have been selected as a 2020 Best of NKY finalist in the Thrift Shop category! Thank you to everyone who voted for us in the first round! The final voting round will open June 8th and run until July 6th. We hope that you will vote for us again for best thrift shop in NKY. Next Monday, we will share the link to vote for us. Thanks for shopping at our thrift stores and supporting your NKY neighbors in need.

May 29,2020

Here is how your gifts have helped those in need during this stressful time:

May 15, 2020

We are working hard to prepare for our re-opening!

We will open May 26th for our voucher customers by appointment and on June 1st to the general public!

If you have a voucher to redeem, please call our help line at 859-341-3219 to make your appointment!

May 15, 2020

During this downtime, we have taken the opportunity to make some much needed repairs to our Erlanger facility so that we are safe and ready to serve when we reopen to the public.

Thank you to the following funders that provided the necessary funding prior to the economic shutdown to allow us to undertake this work: The Spaulding Foundation, RC Durr Foundation, L & L Nippert Foundation, Ruth J. and Robert A. Conway Foundation, Charles and Ruth Seligman Family Foundation and Bavarian Waste.

May 11, 2020

We would like to thank Be Concerned for providing protein for our food pantry through the end of May. This food helps supplement our pantry and is distributed to our neighbors in need during the drive-thru food pantry on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This collaboration is made possible through the Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky Community Response Fund. We are grateful to work with such a wonderful organization like Be Concerned. Thank You! #KentuckyStrong

April 29, 2020

These are challenging times for us all, and we hope everyone is in good spirits and health! Right now, we’re doing everything possible to provide services to our community. While there’s a lot of uncertainty, we have adapted quickly to our changing reality. Because of our generous donors, we are grateful to be in a situation which allows us to respond to the increased needs of our neighbors during this crisis.

Please see below some important updates and good news!

  • We have helped our neighbors keep up with their basic financial obligations during this unprecedented time. Since the shelter in place order was issued, we’ve provided nearly $60,000 in emergency rent and utility assistance to 670 of our neighbors in need. This includes $8,000 in emergency financial assistance to new areas where we’ve expanded our coverage.
  • The call to serve in areas of expanded coverage has provided an opportunity for Vincentian volunteers from across Northern Kentucky to forge new friendships as they come together in service. Growing in faith through personal relationships is a unique component of our ministry. We are blessed to see how this continues despite the need to maintain our physical distance.
  • Just within the past 30 days, the demand for food has increased by 156%. Our drive-thru Erlanger food pantry has provided $40,000 in food, serving almost 3,000 people in need. Our Vincentian volunteers have provided an additional $35,000 in groceries with those neighbors who fall within their parish boundaries. Thanks to the generous support of our donors and valued partnerships in our community, we’ve been able to keep pace with the increased demand.
  • In addition to requests for basic expenses and food, we continue to provide beds to children, the elderly and disabled and we are preparing for Summer Breeze, our summer heat relief program. Our new Microloan program and Partners for Prosperity, our new mentorship program for Life Learning Center graduates, are also active during this time.
  • Lastly, we are closely watching guidance from our local and federal leaders to re-open our thrift store operations. We have begun documenting our SAFE AT WORK plan for all three facilities. We expect to open in phases as recommended, slowly bringing our team back to the stores and donation center. We are committed to a healthy and safe environment for our team and for our customers.

We are overcome with gratitude for all of the generous donations we have received. Thank you to all of our donors for your continued support and encouragement. We are truly blessed to serve and we could not do that without your help.

P.S. Please watch our website at and social media pages for updates as we move forward.

April 13, 2020

We are partnering with Freestore Foodbank to provide emergency food boxes to those in need. Read our Press Release on this event, here.

The distribution will be held on Wednesday, April 15th, from 9 am to 11 am, at our Erlanger thrift store. All are welcomed!

April 4, 2020

Our food pantries, located in Erlanger and Falmouth, were featured on Channel 12 News. Check out the news story HERE.

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March 29, 2020

We ask that you please hold your donations at this time. We are taking a temporary pause on accepting material donations at our thrift stores so we can do our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

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March 20, 2020

We would like to thank the Florence Meijer for donating funds to help stock our food pantry during a high time of need for our neighbors.


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March 19, 2020

We are now selling items online through our Thrift Store Facebook Page and our eBay Page, check it out! When you shop at our thrift stores you are supporting your Northern Kentucky neighbors in need.

March 17, 2020

Our Response to COVID-19

Out of concern for our employees, our customers and our neighbors we serve, SVDP NKY will temporarily close our thrift stores beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18 through March 31. *Update: We are still closed through the month of April.* This temporary closing will enable us to play our part in following recommended social distancing practices and will give us the opportunity to thoroughly clean and disinfect our facilities.

The following operations will continue:
-The call center will be open Monday through Friday between 10 and 2. If you are in need of emergency assistance, please call 859-341-3219.

-Our drive-thru food pantry in Erlanger will be open Tuesdays from 9 until noon and from 3 until 5 and on Thursdays from 9 until noon. Our Falmouth food pantry will be open Monday through Friday from 9 am until 3 pm. For Boone, Kenton and Campbell Counties, we will begin limited food delivery next week to those who cannot leave their homes. Stay tuned for more details.

-Voucher redemption’s in our stores will be available by appointment. If you have a voucher for clothing, furniture or housewares, please call our helpline to schedule an appointment.

-You can still donate your vehicle to help our efforts. Please contact Vicki Dinterman at to arrange a time.

We thank you for your understanding. We truly appreciate your partnership in helping our neighbors in need. We will miss seeing all of you often, but please do keep in touch with us via our mailing list and social media. Now, go wash your hands and stay healthy!

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