St. Vincent de Paul Society
February 18, 2018
We want to thank you on behalf of the over 1,400 people that you have helped this year in your local community through St. Vincent de Paul. Your unbelievable generosity has enabled the Vincentians to volunteer over 3,100 hours and traveled over 1,200 miles just around our community to minister aid and hope on a daily basis to those befallen with life’s problems.
The Vincentian teams react quickly to schedule in-home visits when calls for help arrive at the parish office. This year, 350 home visits were conducted. Once we arrive at a home, we pray with the people there and tell them that the people of St. Columbkille Parish have generously given us money to aid them when possible. We listen to them as they tell us about their life and how this aid will help them over a bump in the road.
The main causes of financial crisis are job loss and health issues. Too often, illnesses lead to missed work and lower income or job loss. Unmanageable health costs caused by high insurance deductibles, uncovered medical expenses, or the inability to afford insurance devastate their budget.
These lower–income families live on the edge, and any change in their budget can drastically affect them. They live with the fear of eviction, utility shut off, and the inability to feed their children or get affordable medicine.
The families are always impressed that we call them when many agencies don’t, and that we make home visits. Many times, the families break down in tears that someone out there cares enough to reach out and help them. They are grateful. We deliver hope and a chance to get back on their feet.
This year, with your generosity, the Vincentians distributed $72,453.45 in aid, directing $42,584.99 for rent, $18,594.59 for utilities and $11,273.87 for other critical family needs such gas, auto repair and health supplies. Your donations from the monthly Saint Vincent De Paul envelopes, special Thanksgiving collections, and a percent of the local thrift store sales made this happen.
Additionally, we often leverage your support with help from other parishes and local services to create an expanded support safety net for families in need. Our collaboration with the Tri-City Food Pantry helped 500 of our families.
Finally, thank you on behalf of the Vincentians for supporting us as we live our faith as Jesus asks us through His work guided by the beatitudes. If you are inspired to live your faith this way or have questions, please reach out to us. All are welcome.
Linda Kueper and Kathy Burson Presidents