Mader Award

The Father George Mader Award was created in 1989 to honor organizations and individuals that encourage lay men and women to serve others in the United States and abroad. The award is named after Father George Mader, of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, who, together with his sister, Patricia Mader Stalker, founded what is today known as Catholic Volunteer Network.

2017 Mader Award Recipient: St. Patrick Center

Founded in 1983, St. Patrick Center provides opportunities for self-sufficiency and dignity to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Individuals and families build permanent, positive change in their lives through safe and affordable housing, sound mental and physical health, and employment and financial stability. Through their Housing First initiative, St. Patrick Center seeks to end chronic homelessness in the St. Louis region. In their 35 years of service to the St. Louis community, their mission has never changed, and every year thousands of lives are impacted by their work. 
St. Patrick Center’s recent accomplishments include:
  • Through Housing First, provided rental assistance and case management services to 2,177 clients last year, including 599 new housing placements.
  • Placed nearly 400 veterans and their families into permanent housing.
  • Prevented homelessness for 103 clients.
  • Assisted 295 clients to find employment.
  • Provided more than 178,000 hot meals.
  • Provided 36,000 emergency shelter nights.
  • Last year, 4,634 volunteers donated 44,630 hours, which is a financial value of $1,077,368. Volunteers served through sorting donations, serving lunch, working fundraising events, sharing professional talents and more.

List of Past Mader Award Recipients