St. Vincent de Paul - St. Matthew Conference
History of St. Vincent de Paul Society
A world-wide lay organization founded in Paris in 1833 by Fredric Ozanam. The Society offers tangible aid to those in need, plus spiritual services through person-to-person contact and prayer. There are eighteen conferences in various area parishes which serve the needy in their local neighborhoods. Monies for outreach come from the proceeds of the St. Vincent de Paul Store and donations. SVdP is a unique community resource because it provides emergency help to people who fall through the cracks. Some of the services offered include: Food (Parish pantries, Paul's Pantry referral), Shelter (House of Hope, vouchers for rent), Clothing & Household items (Vouchers for SVdP store), Emergency services (utilities, medical assistance, transportation vouchers), Education (vouchers for secondary school tuition) and referrals to Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, or government programs. Call the parish center (435-6811) who will put in touch with a SVdP member or go the the Personal Service Center (432-2579) if you are in need of help.
SVdP store offers volunteers many varieties of jobs and is always in need of help. Take a step for the poor and consider sorting / pricing of donated items, computer repairs, cashier / bagging, selling furniture, working in carpenter shop or Personal Service Center. The nice thing about volunteering is you can choose your own hours. Call Store Manager at 435-4040 for more information. To become involved or learn more about the St. Matthew Conference call Claire at 432-3556.
The store welcomes all kinds of unwanted household items to sell in the store. These donations are essential to our existence. Please remember us when "cleaning house". Call 432-2579 for pick-up of donated furniture.
For more information on St. Vincent de Paul, visit their website www.svdpgb.org