Sharing God’s love with the poor, changing lives, one at a time
How Can You Help?
St. Francis of Assisi Conference of SVdP serve our neighbors in need by donating electronically! Similar to e-giving at St. Francis of Assisi Church, local SVdP e-giving is simple, fast, can be scheduled and will be reflected on your annual tax receipt.
Your help will make the difference for many in our community. Thank you!
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a world-wide lay Catholic organization that addresses the great commandments: Love of God and Love of neighbor. We are here to serve people in need.
Members of SVdP, Vincentians, are a reflection of the whole family of God. Vincentians are nourished by prayer and reflection and see the face of Christ in the poor.
Through visits and conversation, Vincentians listen, offer humble advice, and provide assistance to those in need. The families we serve are free to discuss their struggles and needs. Monetary assistance may be provided for electricity, water, rent, food, and other daily necessities.
If you are in need, please firstname.lastname@example.org. Although this is not an emergency-based service, a SVdP volunteer will attempt to return your call as soon as possible.
Also, St. Vincent de Paul welcomes new volunteers!
Inspired by St. Vincent de Paul. formed by the example of Blessed Frederic Ozanam, founder of the Society, Vincentians are ordinary men and women from every walk of life who are united in their commitment to growing spiritually through personal involvement with the poor.
We have volunteer opportunities for Case Workers, Intake, Food Pantry Support, and Spiritual Support.
We meet twice monthly at the church, please refer to the church bulletin for the schedule.
If you are interested in joining St. Vincent de Paul, please contact Carol McNavish by e-mail email@example.com
The Power of a Personal Visit
The face of the poor is changing. Even though we have seen the homeless population increase over the years, we at St. Francis typically encounter families who struggle to make ends meet, those with physical or mental health needs and those who have a limited income.
Vincentian volunteers recently met an older couple who came to us for help. The wife was the breadwinner for the family and recently had mental health treatment. She was under a doctor’s care in an attempt to get her medication adjusted. During this time, her employment was on hold. Her husband had recently lost his job and was desperately looking for other employment. They were struggling financially, almost at the end of their savings. They reached out for help.
Meeting and listening to this couple, the volunteers saw the financial and emotional desperation the family had endured. With the generous support from the members our parish, SVdP was able to assist the family. Both the husband and wife cried when they were told of the help. The work of SVdP is the Gospel message in action: I was hungry. I was thirsty. I was a stranger. I was naked. I was sick. I was in prison. And YOU cared. See the face of Christ in your neighbor.