St. Vincent de Paul Conference of St. Mary Parish
Our goal is to help those in need.
Before we can help anyone we must make a home visit to our clients. If they are requesting financial assistance, they generally must apply for help from the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Community Action Agency (CAA).
Home visits are made with a partner. We encourage that one male and one female Vincentian partner together.
Some of the ways SVDP helps individuals and families are:
· We make payments for rent, utilities, medicine, car repair, etc.
· We give food vouchers for use at the Blue Water Community Food Depot, which is operated by the Port Huron District Council of the Society.
· We sometimes give furniture & appliances to those in need. This depends on what donations we have on hand.
· We also enroll children for summer trips to Camp Ozanam near Lexington.
Our biggest single event of the year is in December. We prepare Christmas food baskets and gifts and distribute them at St. Mary on a Saturday shortly before Christmas.
The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP or SVdP or SSVP) is an international voluntary organization in the Catholic Church, founded in 1833 for the sanctification of its members by personal service of the poor. Founder: Blessed Frédéric Ozanam
Founded: April 23, 1833; 186 years ago
Focus: Sanctification of members; through service to the poor Members: Estimated 800,000 We assist in various ways by help with utility, rent, beds etc. We also work hard to assist the poor through systemic change, working to move people from poverty to self reliance. We always need help with home visits, phone screening and the many other task we perform.
We encourage anyone who is looking to volunteer, to come see what we are all about.
We meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 6:45pm in the 1st floor conference room in the parish office. All Catholics are welcome. Please contact Gary with questions: .
"As a volunteer, my faith has grown through my fellowship with the poor and other SVDP members. I have gotten tremendous satisfaction in helping others who are less fortunate than I am in a positive way. I have also gotten a much better understanding of poverty and its many root causes and with understanding comes the ability to help in a constructive and positive way that changes lives. I feel that every person we see, we are often the 1st to help and have the opportunity to be disciples of our faith."