We seek to grow spiritually in our meetings by prayer and sharing of our faith. We develop a bond with our fellow members, who are called Vincentians. We seek out God’s poor and assist them with utilities, rent, food and referrals to other agencies in an attempt to help them with their immediate needs. We cannot help on an ongoing basis, but we advise and encourage them to take the first steps to solve their problem. We pray with them if they allow us to and we encourage them to join a faith community.
Activities & Events:
The home visit is one of the most important things we do; going to the poor to provide assistance. We also need people to retrieve messages off the voicemail, make contact with the person, then arrange for a home visit team to visit them. We have a Bundle Sunday program in April for the St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Store. We have a Thanksgiving Turkey Basket program on the Sunday before Thanksgiving to help our food challenged neighbors in need. Food is collected in the SVDP barrels for the Immaculate Conception Food Pantry. We also have a picnic and go out to dinner several times a year.
Anyone willing to help us is welcome to join the Society. All we ask is that you devote some time to works of charity and to attend a regular meeting. Catholics who attend meetings regularly and assist in works of charity are considered active members. Active members can become officers and part of the succession plan. Catholics or non-Catholics who don’t attend meetings regularly but help in the works of charity are called associate members. We meet on the second and fourth Tuesday evening of the month in the St. Catherine room for one hour.
The desire to help those less fortunate than yourself as we strive to follow the teachings of Jesus, found in Matthew Chapter 25 – Whatsoever you do to the least of my brethren, that you do unto me.
Helpful skills such as active listening, paraphrasing, clarifying, reflecting, problem-solving, patience, empathy, and being non-judgmental.
Contact: Tom Kwest, (937) 434-1737, firstname.lastname@example.org
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