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 society. To quote our patron, St. Vincent de Paul: "Charity is infinitely inventive."
Summer’s here, school’s out, vacations are beginning again, and families are reuniting. While this is all wonderful and what we have been waiting and longing for, St. Vincent de Paul finds itself critically short of volunteers for the summer months. We hope you and your family, friends and co-workers will consider signing up to volunteer at one of our facilities:
- Distribution Center 1201 E. Maryland Street – We need donation sorters of clothing, household items and products, shoes and linens. Also, need able bodies at the dock receiving donations, moving furniture and assisting our neighbors in need.]
- Food Pantry 3001 E. 30th Street – It takes a minimum of 35 volunteers on shopping days (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) providing food to our neighbors, and just as many on non-shopping days packing the food boxes for shopping days.
- Mission 27 Resale Store 1618 Shelby Street – Did you know we have a coffee shop? It’s called Holy Grounds. Now visitors can enjoy a cup of java and some retail therapy at the same time. Or they can just pop in for a reprieve and sit in the café by themselves, with a friend or a good book. We are looking for baristas! No experience necessary, we will provide all the training. Can you commit to 3-4 hours once a week, enjoy interacting with people and willing to learn a new skill?
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.