INDIANAPOLIS COUNCIL BUYS LARGE BUILDING FOR EXPANSION OF FOOD PANTRY OPERATION
January 18, 2006 marked a significant milestone in the 40-year history of the Indianapolis Society of St. Vincent dePaul’s (SVdP’s) service to those in need. On that date, the Indianapolis Council took possession of the former Pratt Corporation facility at 3001 E. 30th St, thanks to the generosity of the Pratt family, as well as the family of the late Bill Quigley, who provided a sizeable matching grant for the purchase. This modern, fully air-conditioned 65,000 sq. ft. building began a new era for philanthropic food distribution in the city.
The Food Pantry is the main tenant of the Pratt Quigley Center. The Pantry opened in January of 2008 and replaces the previous food pantry, on Spann Ave., which was only able to serve a portion of the city.
In recognition of the generous concession in the selling price from the Pratt family, along with the generous contribution from the Quigley family that solidified the vision of the late Bill Quigley, founder of the Spann Ave. pantry facility, to feed the hungry in the entire city, the 30th St. facility is named the Pratt – Quigley Center in honor of the major donors.
The SVDP Indianapolis Council operates its facilities with with a 100% volunteer workforce & management team. This includes the Food Pantry, Distribution Center and parish based conferences. Thus, the participation of people from all archdiocesan parishes is crucial to the sucess of our ministries. New volunteers can contact the parish conference directly, or check out the volunteer possibiliities by clicking on
Volunteer Opportunities for more information.
In addition to the food pantry operation, the Pratt – Quigley Center also serves as :
The Archdiocesan Council President’s office is located at Pratt – Quigley Center. The President does not necessarily keep regular office hours and also works from home. A receptionist is available during some business hours to answer and direct live phone calls. When receptionist is not available, the phone system is in auto-answer mode
Business Operations Department
The financial, accounting and donor tracking systems are managed and maintained by volunteers using offices at PQC. SVdP’s Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, Development Officer, accountants and clerks use the Business Office equipment, software and supplies in their roles.
A secure and climate-controlled room at PQC houses the central servers and other hardware and software for the SVDP computer network. The room also contains the telecommunications / phone system and security infrastructure
SVdP has a variety of training and formation programs available for new and experienced Vincentians. Classes can be conducted at PQC or another site, such as a parish. Contact us via E-mail for more information.
Volunteers are encouraged to visit the chapel for private prayer, meditation and reflection any time the Pratt-Quigley Center is open.
Gennesaret Free Clinic (Medical Care)
A medical clinic and pharmacy is open on Tuesday and Saturday mornings from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. They are also open Thursday morning and Thursday evening. Appointments are not necessary to see a GFC volunteer doctor, nurse or pharmacist. (SVdP only provides the space for GFC and is not responsible for any other aspect of the organization). See Gennesaret Free Clinic (Medical Care) for more details
Ozanam Free Legal Clinic
Needy individuals or families can make an appointment to see an attorney free of charge about a legal issue. Appointments are available in 15 minute increments on Tuesdays from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
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Published on: 2006-02-22 (16379 reads)[ Go Back ]