SVdPUSA Disaster Services is helping with the relief efforts.
Please support SVdPUSA’s National Council’s Domestic Disaster Relief Fund. Your contribution will help change lives, rebuild homes, provide shelter, emergency daily-living supplies and most importantly, restore hope to those in need!
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January is Poverty Awareness Month
Voice of the Poor (VOP) is the advocacy arm of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. With members representing every section and demographic of the nation, the VOP identifies those issues that are critical to those living in poverty and need, and helps bring attention to them so communities and our elected representatives can help develop strategies and tactics that will provide the most effective and efficient means to reduce or eliminate poverty.
Guided by Catholic Social Teaching, the VOP collaborates, educates, and advocates to improve conditions of the people we serve.
To learn more about the VOP, click here.
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The video shows the Christmas message from Renato Lima de Oliveira, international president general of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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Catholic News Agency/EWTN News wrote a nice article about how the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is helping feed the hungry around Thanksgiving.
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Give a Vehicle to Help People in Need
Receive a Tax Deduction
You can help people in need by donating an old vehicle while easing your tax burden for the year. Do something good for others during the holidays by donating a vehicle to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The proceeds generated from vehicle donations in your community will go right back into the neighborhood to help feed the hungry, keep the lights and heat on, fund programs to help people help themselves, and more.
We accept most cars, trucks, trailers, boats, RV’s, motorcycles, off-road vehicles, heavy equipment and most other motorized vehicles. If you have any questions about what you can donate, please call us toll-free at (800) 322-8284 seven days a week.
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The "World Day of the Poor" was established by the Pope Francis, on the celebration of the Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy, through the Apostolic Letter entitled "Mercy and Poverty." The celebration and specific actions take place on 19 November, each year.
For us, fellow members of the SSVP all over the world, the institution of the "World Day of the Poor" resonates prophetically before the care that we owe to the human being who is in this situation. The poverty of many of our fellow human beings is not a theoretical problem, but a shocking and tangible reality. We cannot have a simplistic view of this reality; our vision must be holistic, because it consists in the vision of the human being, made in the image and likeness of God. This day is important, because it reminds us to carry out more lovingly our Vincentian activities in favour of the less fortunate, since one of the biggest existing poverty is precisely the lack of love.
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World Day of the Poor – Nov. 19, 2017
“This new World Day should become a powerful appeal to our consciences as believers, allowing us to grow in the conviction that sharing with the poor enables us to understand the deepest truth of the Gospel. There poor are not a problem; they are a resource from which to draw as we strive to accept and practice in our lives the essence of the Gospel.” (Pope Francis)
Every day is a “Day of the Poor” with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul as Vincentians grow spiritually by putting their faith into action as they serve people in poverty throughout the year.
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November 9: Beatification of Blessed Rosalie Rendu
Sr. Rosalie Rendu, a Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, is recognized as a co-founder of the Society of St Vincent de Paul. She mentored the founding members of the Society in the spirit and heritage of St. Vincent and St. Louise de Marillac.
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Sr. Rosalie always recommended patience, mercy and courtesy. She taught Frederic Ozanam and the first members of the Society how to make home visits and how to see Jesus in the poor. She gave them families to visit and advice on the Vincentian way to go to them: with respect and compassion. Sr. Rosalie Rendu was beatified in Rome in 2003 by Pope John Paul II. All Vincentians celebrate this beautiful model of love for the poor.
Ralph Middlecamp to serve as 13th National President of SVdPUSA
Middlecamp has a 30-year history with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. He previously served as the executive director of the Society’s Madison, Wis. Council for 18 years. Under Middlecamp’s leadership, the Society developed local housing programs, built a central customer-choice food pantry and service center, opened Wisconsin’s first charitable pharmacy not connected to a health care network, grown the Society’s base of Madison-area members and volunteers, and added six more thrift stores that sell and give away donated goods to support the organization’s mission of helping neighbors in need.
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Representatives from 28 national, faith-based organizations sent a letter to the Congressional leaders urging a long-term funding extension of the Children's Health Insurance program (CHIP) as soon as possible. There are 8.9 million children who rely on CHIP. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is one of the signatories of the letter and National President Sheila Gilbert is quoted in the press release (ninth quote on the list).
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SVdP Television Specials July 26, 27 and 28 on EWTNth on EWTN!
Come along with Society of St. Vincent de Paul members on their spiritual growth journey through service to people in need. In these special presentations, join Vincentians as they go on home visits, work the land to grow fresh produce to help feed the hungry, help people find relief from high-interest payday loans, provide life-saving medicines in a community pharmacy and much more! See our Catholic faith in action through the volunteers of this unique lay vocation and the face of Christ in the people they serve.
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The SVdP television special “Our Faith in Action” Today’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul” is now available online for all Councils and Conferences to use to help tell our story.
The half-hour program shows Society of St. Vincent de Paul members on their spiritual growth journey through service to people in need. This special shows Vincentians on a home visit with a family in need, helping the homeless in a downtown shelter and working with returning citizens through prison ministry. This program provides an excellent overview of who we are and what we do.
"Our Faith in Action" is available to stream or download on the Society's Vimeo channel or to watch on YouTube
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Society of St. Vincent de Paul National CEO Dave Barringer was interviewed by Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA) on their “Helping Goodness Spread Blog.”
FADICA is a network of private foundations and donors supporting Catholic-sponsored programs and institutions. For 40 years, FADICA has served as a dynamic and catalytic philanthropic network committed to supporting Catholic activities and initiatives (especially those that strengthen the Church and aid the poor).
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The National Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has launched Neighborhoods of Hope (NOH), an effort to tackle poverty at the community level. The program will enhance and maximize Vincentian poverty-fighting initiatives already taking place.
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