St. Vincent de Paul

Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together by offering person to person service to the needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.

IT’S WHAT WE DO….

You see and hear that slogan a lot these days.  The St. Vincent de Paul Home Visits are one of the “things we do” that distinguish us from other organizations that help others.  Wonder what happens at a home visit?  Well, first, we go to our Neighbor who needs help with the purpose of bringing hope and happiness.  We listen to them and find out what has happened in their life that has caused them to call us and find out what help they need.  Sometimes they have called for one thing but we find they need much more.

We make sure they know all the resources that are available in the local community as well as from the State and Federal Agencies.  We help them obtain Grants that may be available.  We work with them to obtain the help they need.  We work with local agencies like Samaritan House and Agape to pay rent and utility bills.  We try to meet their immediate needs and to make sure that from that point forward they are able to manage and be financially stable.

We often give our Neighbors vouchers to obtain clothing or supplies from our thrift store.  Sometimes we obtain furniture, mattresses or appliances for them.  And last, but not least, we join them in prayer.  Our home visit is usually the initial step of the work we do with our Neighbor.  We follow up and see that forms a filed, we write checks and make electronic payments.  We check back to see if they are continuing on the path they set.  We have hope in our Neighbor.

Following what we are told in the Gospel, we attempt to hear “the cries of the poor”, have eyes to “seek the forgotten and suffering” and heart to “bring God’s love to the poor”.  Your generosity helps us do this- – – YOU would an even better gift!  Please think about joining us in “doing what we do”.  Interested?  Contact Caroline at 586 781-9010 or cseidel@ssjohnandpaul.org for more information.

 

If you are in need of assistance, please call (586) 840-1389.  Leave your name, phone number and type of assistance needed, and someone will return your call promptly.