St. John Paul II Ozanam Hunger Center

The John Paul II O
zanam Center is located on the grounds of Holy Name Church in Cleveland, Ohio. The Center, which is staffed by members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and other volunteers, provides emergency food, clothing and other forms of assistance to those living in the 44105, 44125 and 44127 area codes. The Center also provides limited assistance to those needing furniture for their residences and can, in some cases, offer one-time assistance to those needing help with utility bills, as funds are available.

The Center came into existence as a collaboration among parishes, who wanted to create a single place where needy families could come for assistance; and through the efforts of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, which wanted to more fully re-establish its presence in the city while fulfilling its Mission to s
erve the poor and needy. Holy Name Parish offered to house the center.

The John Paul II Ozanam Center is supported by members of the following parishes: Holy Name, St. Stanislaus, St. John Nepomucene, Holy Spirit, St. Columbkille, St. Barnabus, St. Rita, St. Joseph, St. Mary of the Falls, St. Michael's, Our Lady of Lourdes, Holy Spirit, St. Charles and Jones Road Congregational.

Food and Clothing Distribution: Every Saturday (except holiday weekends) from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Food donations are always needed including canned fruit, canned vegetables. canned soup, peanut butter, jelly, canned pork and beans, boxed of potatoes or rice, pasta, pasta sauce, macaroni & cheese, cereal, soap or personal care products.

Health Clinic: First and third Saturdays of every month

Hot Meals: Every Thursdays from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM. The meal is served in Haren Hall, located below the church.

Holiday Meal Program

Holy Name Parish with the leadership of the St. Vincent De Paul Society and the assistance of numerous volunteers, provides and delivers hot meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas to persons in need in the 44105, 44125 and 44127 area codes. 700-900 meals are provided for each holiday.

Volunteers are needed to cook, package, and deliver meals. More information will be available as each holiday approaches.


SVDP Notes from the field. We recently visited a family living upstairs in double home in our community. There we saw all the rooms were completely empty of furniture. The young couple sleeps on the floor.

The reason for our visit was to provide relief from a gas shut-off notice. The young man showed us the contents of his refrigerator. A gallon of fruit punch was all there was. We took him to the Ozanam Center for food. It is not easy to look into the eyes of a person desperately pleading for help. It is also heartbreaking to witness their son, a 3 year old, wandering around the house eating a piece of beef jerky.

We will provide some furniture. He also asked us for a gasoline card. We did give him a few dollars for fuel.

It is your contributions and other aid we receive that enables us to provide help for families to maintain hope and move forward with their lives at difficult times. Envelopes are available in the “poor boxes” at the doors of the church. Please help us to continue this work of charity.

Thank you!