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Society of St. Vincent de Paul

August 15, 2018 by

Mission Statement

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is dedicated to bringing volunteers together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person services to the community’s most vulnerable neighbors in need, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or age.

Wish List

  • Pantry and garden volunteers
  • Event volunteers
  • Event sponsors
  • Non-perishable, non-expired pantry items
  • New or gently used thrift store items
  • Winter coats, all sizes
  • $25 monthly, Disciple of Charity memberships
  • $100 monthly, Apostle of Charity memberships
  • A $200 donation covers one month’s utilities 
  • A $500 donation provides one month’s rent to avoid a family eviction
  • Monetary donations of any size supports the mission

Upcoming Events

  • Fourth Annual Glow ’N’ Go 5K Run|Walk
    Sept. 29, 2018
  • 14th Annual Free Coat Giveaway
    November 2018
  • WOWT Holiday Food Drive for SVdP Pantry
    December 2018
  • 10th Annual Strawberry Brunch
    June 2019


Since 1869, the Omaha Society has served with dignity and respect, linking non-profit international grassroots to the mission of the Society’s patron, St. Vincent de Paul. Over 700 Vincentian volunteers, belonging to 34 parish-based conferences, meet face-to-face during home visits to help the struggling avoid eviction and utility shut-off. The Society also operates four thrift stores and a client-choice food pantry.

Brag Lines

Responding to need. Sharing in hope. In 2017:

  • 16,428 people received emergency aid of rent or utilities totaling $849,684
  •  $15,332 impacted 38 households with emergency relief through Ozanam Outreach, a program for non-conferences areas
  •  24 years in operation, the SVdP Choice Pantry through 133 volunteers served 11,971 households 
  •  1,473 individuals received free sets of clothing 
  •  2,355 men, women and children accepted free winter coats and accessories across the metro

Pay it Forward

  • Respond to the call to serve the most vulnerable. Visit the website for volunteer opportunities:
    • Helpline responder
    • Ozanam Outreach worker
    • Special events
    • Food pantry team
    • Garden Angels
    • Thrift store or warehouse sorters
  • Support the mission and programs financially. The Society of SVdP is a 501(c)(3) organization, relying entirely on financial donations to respond to the increasing community needs.
  • Shop SVdP Thrift Stores. Visit the website for store locations and hours.
  • Spread the needs of the community. Follow facebook.com/svdpomaha  

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Omaha

P.O. Box 241201
Omaha NE 68124-5201

The Big Give was published in the September/October 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Linden Estates

December 5, 2013 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

It originally carried the decidedly blah designation of “SID 353,” but Linden Estates is now among Omaha’s most prestigious neighborhoods. Known for its approximately 120 stunning luxury homes that sit on large, exquisitely landscaped lots, the properties start at 3,000 square feet and more than a few attain the classification of “mansion,” with the largest topping out at 23,000 square feet.

“The beauty of the neighborhood is that you didn’t have one builder going in there with a specific style,” says Deb Cizek, of the Cizek Group with Prudential Ambassador Real Estate. “You had the individual taste of the owners who contracted with these builders. You have some contemporary homes in there, some traditional, you have some Tuscan—just a beautiful mix of architecture.”


Cizek has been in real estate more than 25 years, and as a realtor who specializes in high-end properties, she knows Linden Estates particularly well. “It will go anywhere from half a million to multi-million, and everything seems to blend just fine,” she says.

The residents themselves also blend well, says Kim Syslo, who’s been in the neighborhood for about a year. There are homes with play structures side-by-side with homes that feature stately courtyards or pristine gardens, and Syslo says her young family has felt at home from the beginning. “We have friendly neighbors who are so kind to my kids,” she says. “Children really are welcome—we’ve been thrilled with the neighborhood.”


John Belford, president of Linden Estates’ board of directors, agrees that, as the neighborhood enters its third decade, it has become more diverse in recent years. “There’s definitely been a lot of turnover. We’ve had a lot of new kids come into the neighborhood, young kids from 2 to 14. There are also people who are retired with no kids as well. Everyone 
gets along.”

“It’s a pretty good mix,” Cizek agrees, “and that’s what you want in a neighborhood.”

Located in the area of 144th and Dodge, Linden Estates is close to West Omaha business parks, retail developments, and 
other amenities.


“We used to think 72nd was the heart of the city, and now it’s 132nd,” Cizek says. “Everything is easy to get to. It is a phenomenal location: easy access to downtown, easy access to the interstate.”

“There are a lot of restaurants and grocery stores and amenities that are within 10 minutes,” 15-year resident Nancy 
Hultquist adds.

Linden Estates is in the Millard Public Schools district, so neighborhood children generally attend Ezra Millard Elementary, Kiewit Middle School, and Millard North High School. Catholic schools St. Vincent de Paul and St. Wenceslaus are also nearby. Belford, who is the parent of three high-school students and also has one in college, says, “I’m fortunate to live here. It’s been great for our family, and it’s a great location—between 132nd and 144th and Dodge to Maple, we have everything we need.”

Linden Estates was annexed by the City of Omaha in 2008, Belford says. There is also a Linden Estates Second Addition, but although the two neighborhoods are adjacent, they are independent developments and even managed by separate home-
owners associations.

“Linden Estates is, in my opinion, probably the premier neighborhood in the city,” Cizek says. “It has stood out for twenty years.”


Not only has the natural maturation of the community’s trees enhanced the look of Linden Estates over the years, the April hailstorms that came through West Omaha this year had an unexpected silver lining—many of the homes now sport new roofs, which has refreshed the neighborhood. “You have homes in there that look like they’re brand-new again,” Cizek explains.

The new roofs will also be a perfect canvas for the elaborate holiday light displays for which Linden Estates has become known.

“It’s always been like that since we’ve been here,” Hultquist says of the collective enthusiasm for holiday decor. “Everyone really puts up a lot of lights and celebrates the holidays. It’s a very festive environment not only for the homeowners, but also for Omahans to enjoy. I think when you go out to look at Christmas lights, this is one of the neighborhoods 
you go through.”

Even the entrance to Linden Estates is welcoming, Belford says. “The homeowners association started putting up lights about 10 years ago at the main entrance at 144th Street and Hamilton. The homeowners were already putting lots of lights up, so we decided to enhance the holiday season by adding lights.”

Linden Estates is an active neighborhood year-round. Even the surrounding areas are pedestrian-friendly, Hultquist says, with plenty of paths, parks, and even a small reservoir near the First National Business Park.

“In the morning, you see children walking to school, and after school, you see more people walking their dogs, children riding bikes,” she says. “There’s just more activity with more families and younger children in the neighborhood.”