The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Members of the Society of St.Vincent de Paul (or "Vincentians" ) are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need. We are young and old. Our members come in every shade of skin color. Some of us are wealthy, some are financially poor, but all of us are blessed with an awareness that our blessings (time, talent or treasure) are to be shared with our brothers and sisters in need.
We know that we are not alone. We are part of an international society of friends united by a spirit of poverty, humility, and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings, and adherence to a basic Rule.
Energized by the awareness that service to our brother or sister in need is, in fact, an encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ, members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are keenly aware that poverty, suffering, and loneliness are present for millions in our communities. For that reason, we collaborate with all who seek to relieve need and address its causes.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. An essential precept of the Society's work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served. The Society recognizes that it must assume, also, a role of advocacy for those who are defenseless or voiceless. Some 20 million persons are helped annually by Vincentians in the United States.
The list of services of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the United States is endless. No work of charity is foreign to the Society. To quote our patron, St. Vincent de Paul: "Charity is infinitely inventive."
According to Indy Hunger Network’s 2017 Unmet Need Study, food insecurity affects one out of every five people in Indianapolis. The study also found community members were not using food pantries due to the lack of information to locate a food pantry. It also found individuals and families were not enrolling into SNAP/WIC benefits because of ineligibility concerns. One of the problems facing people who are food insecure is knowing where to turn for assistance. Finding nutritious, readily available food shouldn’t be hard. That’s why the Indy Hunger Network created Community Compass – a free and easy app designed to show people where they can find food assistance in Marion County.
With Community Compass, people can find: free meal locations, free groceries, food related events and information on WIC, SNAP and other programs. If you have a smart phone you can download the Community Compass app. If you don’t have a smart phone you can text “hi” to 317-434-3758 to find assistance. Questions? Visit indyhunger.org/compass and watch the instructional videos.
Hunger is hard. Now, finding food is easy.
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St. Vincent de Paul Annual Report 2019
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St. Vincent de Paul Wish List
In spite of all the generous donations we receive from the community, we find ourselves experiencing a shortage in many areas for our neighbors in need. Following is a list of our immediate needs:
• Boy’s Clothing – Sizes 6-18
• Men’s Jeans
• Pots and Pans
• Used Adult Bicycles (we repair them)
ONGOING VOLUNTEER NEEDS
- Be an active member and make home visits.
- Sing in Resurrection Choir
- Prepare food for funeral luncheons
- Be a Mentor for a Changing Lives graduate
- Volunteer at the Client Choice pantry on 30th street
- Drive a truck or volunteer at the Distribution center or the
- Thrift Store: Contact any St. Vincent de Paul member or the Parish Office to learn more or to volunteer.