At the heart of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is the home visit with a family in need of assistance. This is the point of contact in which our members’ passion for service intersects with real struggles in the community via our neighbors & friends.
Are you looking for a meaningful opportunity to give back to the community? SVdP offers a WIDE variety of volunteer opportunities from assisting at the Food Pantry & Store to becoming a Member (commonly referred to as a “Vincentian”) through your Parish.
There is no donation too large or small! Like all nonprofit organizations, we rely on the generosity of our community to bring our mission to life. We are very blessed to have loyal supporters who give of their time, talent & treasure.
Latest News about SVDP
Septmebr 2017 – Support SVdP when you shop at Schnucks!!!
For the entire month of September, when you pick up the Hunger Bag at the Schnucks located at 3501 N. Green River Road in Evansville, we receive $1!
Help support the SVdP Food Pantry and purchase the Hunger Bag!
Visit schnucks.bags4mycause.com for details!
Head to Schnucks on Green River Road and get your Hunger Bag today!
Annunciation Parish SVdP Conference Hosting Book & Bake Sale!
Holy Spirit Cafeteria
1800 S. Lodge Avenue
Oct 7, 2017
8am – Noon
Your purchases will help us to help those in need. Money goes directly to assist with basic needs for those we serve.
Used Hardbacks $1
Used Paperbacks 50 cents
You can click on the image for a PDF version of the flyer of CLICK HERE.
SVdP Conference Keeping Things Cool!
The following testimonial is another example of how Vincentians are making a difference!
In mid-July, a woman from Evansville St. Theresa Conference called requesting help on getting a window air conditioner (A/C). She currently receives Social Security Disability and food stamps.
On our initial visit, we verified her income and expenses, we found that the A/C was not cooling probably due to its age. We measured the area which needed to be cooled and found that she had about 500 sq ft , which would indicate a 10K BTU A/C.
We called SVDP Thrift Store and JT Barrett; neither had any used A/C units in stock. We then shopped around and found A/C units from $169 to $239 for 8K BTU and $219 to $359 for 10K BTU. We also found a used 7K BTU unit from Wayne’s Appliances for $75. The best prices for new units were from Menards on Green River Road; and the store manager would give an additional discount of 8% due to her financial situation.
We called her back and gave her the following: 7K BTU for $75, 8K BTU for $169 less $13 and 10K BTU for $219 less $23. We said that SVDP would pay up to $100 and she would need to pay the balance; we also recommended the 10K BTU model. She said she could not afford much now as she had other expenses for car maintenance and would probably take the 8K model. A few days went by and called us to meet at Menards on Sunday. We met her at the store, helped her with the pricing and then loaded the A/C unit into her car. We also said we would follow up later to make sure she was ok. Since she waited a few days, Menards had their 11% rebate sale on and she received a rebate for $17. The A/C unit cost her about $39 not including taxes.
A few days later we called back; she could not get any help to put in the new A/C. We then offered to help install the unit. We removed the old unit, cleaned the window area, installed the new unit and made sure the unit was working properly. We then disposed of the old unit at a recycle point which they found was broken.
Summer Youth Program Participants Volunteer at the Thrift Store
We are grateful to have volunteers from the Diocesan Youth Summer Program at the SVdP Thrift Store!
THANK YOU to the young people who shared their gifts of talent and time on behalf of those in need.
To learn more about how you and your group can get involved with SVdP, please visit our “Get Involved” page by CLICKING HERE.
St. Ben’s Conference Lends a Hand at Easter
Easter Sunday, our Pastor called his parishioners to “be and to tell the Resurrection story.”
When the executive director of the homeless shelter called our St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Conference on “Spy” Wednesday, we made an appointment to meet “Kay” at 10 o’clock on the morning of Holy Thursday at the shelter. Kay has always been stable, but now she is just getting back on her feet after one of her older boys was involved in a serious legal issue that resulted in everyone living in Kay’s home for the previous 10 years being evicted.
Kay and the girls were suddenly homeless. Kay lost her job. At 10 o’clock on Holy Thursday, Kay and her 3 daughters, two teens and an 11-year-old, had been at the shelter for 45 days and at the YWCA for 2 months before that.
Kay now holds a responsible position at a local nursing home; she has found a new home for herself and the girls and has paid the first month’s rent and the rent deposit with all of her savings. Kay couldn’t turn on the lights until she paid her old Vectren bill. Kay and the girls couldn’t take a bath in their own home until she paid her old Water bill. They had no Furniture and only one Bed.
Here’s how the SVdP St. Ben’s Conference was the Resurrected Jesus to Kay and her girls. With the alms entrusted to our Conference, we paid Kay’s old Vectren bill. We paid Kay’s old water bill. We gave Kay a Thrift Store voucher for furniture, lamps and bedding, and we gave Kay a voucher for 3 Beds, for a used Washer and for a used Dryer.
We called Kay back on Easter Monday to see how she and the girls are doing. “We are so excited,” she squealed; Kay and the girls moved into their new home on Friday within the octave of Easter.
Kay is risen! Thank you. God bless you.
New Members – ‘Vincentians’ – Receive Training
All new members of SVdP must go through orientation to help better serve our friends in the community. This orientation provides the foundation for the Home Visit, which is the heart of being a Vincentian.
Currently we have more than 500 trained volunteers and Vanderburgh, Warrick, Gibson, and Posey Counties!
To learn more about becoming a Vincentian and how to get involved, CLICK HERE!
Keeping the Water On
Members of the St. Benedict Parish SVdP Conference recently visited with a young mother with three children in risk of having her water shut off. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul was able to step in and provide assistance and prayer.
16th President General of SVdP Issues Circular Letter
On January 31st 2017, brother Renato Lima de Oliveira, 16thPresident General of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, issues his first Circular Letter which is the means by which President Generals have traditionally communicated directly with members of the Society, beloved members of Conferences, throughout the world. Because of its length, it is suggested that the Circular Letter be divided into two or three parts, each of which could form the basis for a reflection at Conference meetings.
St. Benedict Cathedral Conference of SVdP:
Mission in Action
The Vincentians of the St. Benedict Cathedral Conference reported this weekend on their impact in serving the poor in our community. Conference leaders expressed their gratitude to St. Ben’s Parishioners for their tremendous generosity and support.
Highlights for the St. Benedict Cathedral Conference include:
- Conducted 446 Home Visits
- Distributed over $52,000 in direct aid
- Reached over 1,100 individuals in need within the parish boundary
“[Parishioners who dontated] helped to keep the lights on, the water running, the delinquent rent paid, furnished household goods and met other pressing needs [of those we served]”, stated Deacon Jim Flynn.
If you would like to learn more about how to get involved with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, you can visit different areas of our site or contact us via email – firstname.lastname@example.org.