St. Vincent de Paul Society
Spring Cleaning Time
St. Vincent de Paul Donation Bin
Do you plan to get rid of some clothing, linen or shoes this spring? Did you know that there is a BLUE donation bin located in the rear parking lot near the Rosary Garden? Clothing, linen and shoe donations are needed on an ongoing basis to help our neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet. The bin is emptied twice a week. All the items placed in the bin are put to good use. Excess clothing, not distributed to people in need, is sold at our local thrift stores or recycled. The proceeds are then utilized to help people needing assistance with utility bills, food, furniture, transportation, prescription medication and housing. That BLUE St. Vincent de Paul donation bin is waiting for your deposit. Thank you for your usual support!
In these difficult economic times, many families that never in their wildest imaginations thought they would need “charity” are asking for help—and this trend will continue.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is poised to provide short-term emergency assistance, for a wide range of situations, on a case-by case basis.
Our assistance is discreet and confidential and our clients are treated with the utmost dignity. These criteria are paramount in our mission of charity. Outside of the Society itself, no one knows which families are being aided or what material and spiritual help has been provided.
Anyone who lives within the geographic boundaries of St. Benedict the Abbot Parish and is in need of help, may apply for assistance from our Conference. Please call the parish office at 724.941.9406 ext. 142 for assistance.
What Does the St. Vincent de Paul Society Do?
The St. Benedict the Abbot Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul exists not only for parishioners but has a responsibility for everyone in our area regardless of creed. In many cases, a temporary setback such as job loss, illness, divorce, drug or alcohol abuse, credit card abuse, or just plain bad luck can send a family into a tailspin. Fallout from such situations often creates social, mental or economic problems for the family.
Vincentians help with requested needs such as rent, food, utilities and medical care. The Vincentians conduct a home visitation to determine not only individual need but to think about what are the underlying root causes of the problem. This identification serves to empower the family or person to begin to resolve the problem. Not only seeing the need, but taking the time to listen, sympathize and provide loving and compassionate interest in the person or family continues the work of our patron, St. Vincent, a French priest, who founded the Daughters of Charity pictured here, to serve the poor.
The Vincentians maintain strict confidentiality. All information garnered in the course of their ministry is held in trust. If there is an individual or family you know who needs assistance please encourage them to contact the parish office to set in motion the work of our society.
Our mission statement reads. “Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads men and women to join together to grow spiritually by offering person to person service to those who are needy or suffering. Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice; and collaborate with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those being served.”
The Core Group thanks you for your financial support and prayers. We invite you to join us on Wednesday evenings at 7:45 p.m. in Room 206. May God Bless You.
Why do you give? Giving your time and money is a very personal act. Key motivations for a person’s charitable giving may include:
- Honoring friends and loved ones
- A desire to give something back to the community
- Fulfilling a sense of responsibility
- Benefiting from tax advantages
- Ensuring the longevity of your favorite charity
Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron St. Vincent de Paul.
As a reflection of the whole family of God, members, who are know as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule.
Organized locally Vincentians witness God's love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.