Home Visits

Follow Up Letter
Follow Up Letter: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Conference sends a follow-up letter to all those they help. This provides both a statement of caring and evangelization. Check out the letter, it is an excellent practice read more ...

Sweet Dreams Bed Program
The Atlanta Council is offering a Sweet Dreams Bed Program in which they provide beds to families in need. They provide a mattress, box spring and frame for each family member. It is a program that starts with a home visit and culminates in beds being provided to the family read more ...

Home Visit Prayers
Our fellow Vincentians in San Mateo, California came up with this prayer and scripture reading to be said before and after home visits. There is a choice of prayers before the visit, a choice of scripture reading before the visit and a concluding prayer when the visit is complete. read more ...

Keeping Track with eRecords
55 of 68 Atlanta Conferences are using eRecords, the online client database developed by Kevin Lawlor of St. Thomas the Apostle in Smyrna. Over the past several months, eRecords has been enhanced to capture all of the financial information required for monthly reporting, and everything that is needed for the Conference Annual Report. There are currently 18 Conferences using the financial reporting aspect. The Council-wide goal is for all Conferences to use the financial reporting in eRecords, beginning October 1, 2008. Attaining this goal will make the Atlanta Council a more financially sound organization, with accurate, timely, and easily compiled reporting. It will also make the officers’ job easier. For more information about eRecords, contact Brian Freel at bfreel@svdpatl.org or 770-576-4083.   

Charity Tracker Curbs Fraud
Charitable organizations such as churches, faith-based nonprofits, and social agencies have long recognized the difficulties involved in allocating resources to those in need. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Northwest Alabama has found an effective way to help those truly in need and still stay in touch with other charitable organizations and identify any problems it may encounter. read more ...

Mapping Your Conference Area
Did you ever wish you could just enter a client’s address and have the computer tell you if he or she is in your service area? This item from the Atlanta Council explains how Google can do it for you! Google has made it really simple for you or for anyone to build their own maps. read more ...

Secure Online Database
The St. Christopher Conference in Austin, Texas has developed a secure online system to schedule home visits and track assistance provided read more ...

Keeping Client Records in Excel
All incoming phone calls for assistance are entered into an Excel spreadsheet: date, name, address, phone no., number in household, assistance requested, description of assistance given, names of SVdP members contacting the Client, etc read more ...

Name Tags for Members
All members making home visits are given an official name tag that has the SVdP logo, the name of the Conference, and the first name of the member read more ...

Home Visitation - Ground Rules
There are sets of basic Groundrules that should be kept in mind before visiting with those who have requested our help read more ...