Vincent's Community Outreach
Fr. Dan Thiess, CM
Food Pantry Manager
Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator
Pat started coming to St. Vincent's in the early 1980's as a mom of toddlers and came in through the "Renew Group". She began volunteering for Meals and was invited to attend Liturgy. After her family began attending Mass at St. Vincent's, they knew they were home and have been here ever since. She left her job as a nurse to offer her services at Vincent's Community Outreach full time as the Volunteer/Outreach Coordinator. She very much enjoys getting people involved with the mission of the VCO."
Born and raised in St. Louis, Bobby started his career in culinary arts at Forest Park Community College. After he graduated at the top of his class, he started started his three year ACF apprenticeship where he became a certified sous chef. His journey led him to KC where he was able to certify as a Certified Executive Chef, which is the second highest certification the American culinary federation offers. Afterwards, he moved to Atlanta where he worked as a chef de cuisine, and gained an immense amount of training. Bobby then returned to St Louis where he worked as an executive sous chef at the Fabulous Fox theater. When Covid hit, the banquet business took a severe hit, which led him on his current path with Vincent's Community Outreach. He is very happy to be in his new position at this stage of his career. He is very excited to show not only the parishioners, but also St Louis's homeless and low-income guests all the skills he brings to the table.
Laura has a background in Social Work and has always worked with non-profits. She has been with us at St. Vincent's / VCO for over 5 years. Laura is in charge of running all of our special events and fundraisers, but she is also eager to help the VCO develop in new ways and be able to help more of those who suffer in St. Louis than just those in our zip code. Ideally, she would really like the VCO to reach all parts of St. Louis that are in need of our services. This takes time, money, resources and volunteers, and together she knows we can make this come to fruition someday!
Elisabeth began working for Fr. Ed Murphy (President of the Board) as his Executive Assistant in 2008 at Guardian Angel Settlement Assn. There she began to realize her life-long passion for serving the poor. When Fr. Ed was transferred to St. Vincent dePaul Church in 2013, she followed. When Elisabeth began working alongside the staff and volunteers who serve the low-income and homeless clients that come to Vincent's Community Outreach looking for help, her love of service to the poor grew as she gained experience and perspective. When Elisabeth's family relocated to Florida, she was given the opportunity to develop and maintain the VCO website. She is humbled and grateful for the chance to continue being part of the "Vincentian Family" by using the skills and knowledge she attained while working for the VCO.