Like its founder, Frederic Ozanam, the vision of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is to "embrace the world in a network of charity".
of the human person
of Jesus with the poor
preferential option of the poor
Jesus is the
Evangelizer and Servant of the poor
intimacy with Jesus is a life-long process
spirit is the primary beatitude
is concerned with charity and justice
essential: personal and communal
The virtue of
humility: personal and corporate
The virtue of
charity within and outside of the Society
The Society of St.
Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a
person-to-person basis. 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 12 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 the Society. To quote its patron, St. Vincent de Paul:
"Charity is the inventive to infinity". These are some of the services
Vincentians provide for those who are poor and in need:
- Food Programs
- Emergency financial assistance
- Rent/mortgage assistance
- Low cost housing
- Thrift Stores
- Employment services
- Job training
- Burial of the indigent
- Camp programs
- Prison ministry
- Shelters for abused woman and children
- Social justice programs
- Twinning: foreign and domestic
- Youth programs
- Shelters for the homeless: men, women and families
- Half-way houses for ex-offenders
- Information and referral services
- Free pharmacies
- Education programs - G.E.D.
- Homemaker services
- Budget counseling
- Emergency transportation
- Nutritional education
- Programs for victims of crime
- Embracing the lonely, forgotten and alienated
- Services to those in any way challenged
- Disaster relief and services to victims
- Assistance for victims of AIDS, substance abuse and alcoholism
HOW DO YOU JOIN?
Attend one of our monthly
meetings; they are held on the second Monday of every month in room 17/18. If you're interested in
this ministry, you’re a member!
WHO SHOULD YOU CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?
Ron Morrison or George Roach, (770) 979-2500 x25, co-presidents
of the St. Oliver's conference of St. Vincent de Paul.