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Parish Bulletin Announcement

September Awareness 2018 (Week 3) Person to Person poster.The St. Vincent de Paul Society visits people in all kinds of distress to offer a helping hand and a listening ear. Volunteers go to the homes of anyone who requests help. They also visit people in nursing homes, hospitals, and in prison. Throughout our Archdiocese, they made more than 110,654 contacts with people in need last year. We celebrate the works of our parish St. Vincent de Paul conference and encourage everyone to consider becoming part of this arm of the Church’s ministry.

Home Visits

The home visit is the basic, most fundamental activity of a Vincentian ministry. Rather than have people come to us, we go to the homes of those in need. We speak with the person needing help during the friendly visit to find out the nature of the problem as well as to learn more about their other needs. We also want an environment where the person feels relaxed and unthreatened. Their own home is the best place for this to happen. Whatever the person shares with us remains confidential between the Vincentian conference and the person. A home visit is always done by a minimum of two Vincentians, never alone. This provides multiple viewpoints and suggestions on the resolution of problems. We listen to the person or family, getting their perspective on the problem and its resolution. When we are able, we try to meet the immediate need first and then try to develop a longer term plan with them. One of our most important gifts to leave behind is a feeling that someone cares and that there is hope. The St. Vincent de Paul Society visits people in all kinds of distress to offer a helping hand and a listening ear. Volunteers go to the homes of anyone who requests help. They also visit people in nursing homes, hospitals, and in prison. Throughout our Archdiocese, they made more than 110,654 contacts with people in need last year. We celebrate the works of our parish St. Vincent de Paul conference and encourage everyone to consider becoming part of this arm of the Church’s ministry.

Other Forms of Visitation

Since the poor include not only the financially deprived, Vincentian visitation also takes other forms. Visiting the homebound and parishioners in hospitals and nursing homes is an important Vincentian ministry. Keeping people informed about what is happening in the parish, bringing weekly parish bulletins, etc., can be very important for people who may feel isolated and alone.

Fact Sheet

Throughout the 10-county Archdiocese in 2017,
► Vincentians from 121 conferences made 39,640 home visits to people in need.
► They spent $4.4 million in donated funds.
► In addition, they provided over $1.7 million in donated goods, mostly through their food pantries.
► They provided help to 110,654 people.
► 211,047 hours of service were offered by over 2,200 Vincentians in our area.
(Share your own conference numbers with your parish members, as well as how many
years your conference has been active in your parish.)

More About St. Vincent de Paul

If you are looking to be a part of the St. Vincent dePaul experience, we welcome you to visit our thrift store located at:

330 N. Peters Avenue
Fond du Lac, WI 54935

Our thrift store has many unique items for sale and me take donations as well.

If you want to help with your time, we always have Volunteer Opportunities available. Currently, we are hiring Sales and Warehouse Associates.

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