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Bentley’s owners touched by treatment facility’s mission

Bentley’s owners touched by treatment facility’s mission

As posted in St. Louis Review
By Joseph Kenny | jkenny@archstl.org | twitter: @josephkenny2

Lisa and Giovanni Senafe, owners and founders of Bentley’s Pet Stuff, could have picked any children’s agency in the 10 states where they have stores to support this Christmas.

They chose St. Vincent Home for Children in Normandy, and will provide Christmas gifts for the children at the home. The Senafes are passionate about helping pets — that’s their business after all — but they’re also passionate about helping children in need. It counters a criticism of people who assist agencies helping stray pets at a perceived expense of homeless people, for example.

“We want to do as much as we can with not only shelters for dogs and cats and rescues, but we also want to do as much as we can for children,” Lisa Senafe said Nov. 2 while visiting St. Vincent from her home in Chicago. Founded in the Catholic tradition, St. Vincent is a safe and caring community in which troubled adolescents have life-changing opportunities that build character, self-respect and coping skills. It helps youth facing significant life challenges through love, security and therapeutic support.

“St. Vincent has a great program, not only providing food and shelter, but providing life skills to help them get their life going in the right direction. … children don’t always have their own voice. It’s nice to have places that help them and speak up for them,” Senafe said.

The Catholic couple has two adopted sons and want to make sure any child has the same opportunities they have. “We’ve always been taught to do what you can to help others,” Senafe said. “My parents were always helping neighbors, family members and others as they got older. I was fortunate to grow up in that environment and learn from them and from the Church to always give back. I am lucky enough to have a husband who feels the same way.”

Bob Devine, chief development officer at St. Vincent, said the vast majority of St. Vincent clients live in poverty with a household income less than $10,000 annually. Services are provided to them at no charge. Poverty affects children in many ways, often bringing trauma. St. Vincent services help them heal and develop life skills.

Government funds pay some of the costs. Donors, many from the Catholic community, help in many ways, Devine said, including Bentley’s, which is providing Christmas gifts to the children. St. Ann Parish in Normandy is providing Christmas trees, lights and ornaments. A Jesuit priest will celebrate Mass on Christmas Eve at 4 p.m. in the chapel at St. Vincent.

Carol Ann Aubuchon’s commitment to St. Vincent Home for Children began with her father 70 years ago. A member of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish in south St. Louis County, she is the fifth person in her family to serve on the board. As a Catholic, Aubuchon stated, it is important to remember the history of St. Vincent in the St. Louis Archdiocese, including the contribution of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Sisters of Christian Charity.

“The mission is the same, following the example of St. Vincent de Paul to care for those in need whether they are Catholic or not,” she explained. “My role is to be sure that the past history is not forgotten. Our meetings begin and end with prayer, and the chapel is maintained and continues to be used for various spiritual and cultural events.”

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Thank you to Bentley’s for your help in making the holidays special for our youth!

Bentley’s PetStuff Partnership Makes Holidays Magical for Children in Need

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE,
(September 29, 2017) Long Grove,, IL. Pet parents love Bentley’s PetStuff (https://petstuff.com) because they know they can trust every pet product the company carries. The family-owned, community-involved retailer vets every piece of kibble, every chew toy, to ensure the health of its canine and feline customers. This holiday season, Bentley’s is dedicating itself to the health and wellbeing of children in need, as well. Each of the Bentley’s PetStuff Missouri stores is partnering with St. Vincent Home for Children (www.saintvincenthome.org). For every bag of dog or cat food purchased during October and November, Bentley’s will purchase and donate an item from St. Vincent holiday wishlist—items needed by the 35 young people the nonprofit serves.
“We are so excited for this collaboration,” says Bentley’s co-founder Giovanni Senafe. “My wife and I are blessed to have been chosen as adoptive parents to our two amazing boys, Sebastian and Miles. We are proud that our stores provide the best for our furry friends, and it’s also deeply important to us to share our abundance with children who could use a little extra love during the holidays.”

In addition to donating a wishlist item each time a bag of cat or dog food is purchased, the Serafes will make the wishlist available to Bentley’s customers, inviting them to make their own gift as well. “Customers are welcome to bring an unwrapped item from the wish list and we’ll make sure that they are all delivered to St. Vincent” says Senafe.

ABOUT BENTLEY’S PETSTUFF
Lisa and Giovanni Senafe founded Bentley’s PetStuff in 2008 in Arlington Heights, IL, with the vision of helping customers feel confident choosing their pet food, knowing they were making a healthy purchase for their pets. With a commitment to community and trustworthy customer service, the stores feature only the highest quality pet foods and products. Today, the family-owned company has expanded to more than 80 stores in 10 states, and an e-commerce website, yet the core values and commitment to quality remain the same.

ABOUT ST. VINCENT HOME FOR CHILDREN
Based in St. Louis, MO, St. Vincent provides services to youth facing significant life challenges. Through love, security, and therapeutic supports, St. Vincent enables them to improve their lives, families, and community. We are a safe and caring community where troubled adolescents have life changing opportunities that build character, self-respect and coping skills to reach their highest potential.  We are guardians of hope for kids, families and communities.
Bentley’s invites customers to choose the highest quality food and care products for their pets. Online ordering is easy and fast, and delivery is free on orders of $49 or more. Plus, an ever-evolving collection of relevant vlogs and articles makes it easy and fun for pet parents to educate themselves about their furry friends.

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For more information, contact ChristineBachman, at 312-399-5822 or cb@christinebachman.com

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7401 Florissant Road
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Phone: 314-261-6011
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