Saint Vincent de Paul (OLL conference)
WHAT IS ST. VINCENT DE PAUL?
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a worldwide Catholic community, founded in Paris in 1833, by a young man by the name of Frederic Ozanam. He and other young men joined together to create the first Conference. The Society has been Catholic from its origins and it remains an international Catholic voluntary organization of lay people.
The vocation of the Society’s members, who are called Vincentians, is to follow Christ through service to those in need and so bear witness to His compassionate and liberating love. Members show their commitment through person-to-person contact.
For more information, visit the King County SVdP website – svdpseattle.org
WHAT IS ST. VINCENT DE PAUL at OUR LADY of the LAKE?
We are members and non-members of OLL church parish. We are individuals who care about the poor in our community and have discovered that SVdP truly provides an opportunity for us to help.
By being members of St. Vincent de Paul, we are able to do the work God has called us to do. We literally give food to those who are hungry. We are able to say “yes” to the requests for help with utility bills and rent. We are able to work with our clients to keep them in their homes, to stave off evictions. We are able to visit with our clients in their homes and listen to their stories. We experience the face of Christ in those we visit.
- WHO DO WE SERVE
We serve the poor in our community—the geographic area of OLL and surrounding areas.
- HOW DO WE SERVE
- We receive a request for help that was taken at the main King County SVdP office. It was routed to our Conference, based on geography. We call the person requesting help and make arrangements to meet with him/her at their home.
- We bring food and cleaning supplies, if requested, when we visit.
- We talk with the person/family to let them know we care. We listen to their stories. We assess whether we can help with financial assistance for rent, utilities, etc.; food vouchers; bus passes; information on health clinics; etc.
- We work in teams of two and have on-call duties for a week at a time.
- WHEN DO WE MEET
We meet, pray, and discuss our work on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Church office.
HOW CAN YOU HELP and GET INVOLVED
- JOIN OUR CONFERENCE
- PRAY FOR US
- DONATE –
- TIME – come to one of our meetings or contact our President for more information (Ann Radermacher at 206-228-8011)
- MONEY – use the blue envelopes in the pews
- FOOD – bring non-perishable food to OLL and place it in the bin in the foyer of church
We invite you to join us in this extremely important work, to be the hands of Christ in our community. Whether it be through your prayers, your time, or your donations we ask that you get involved.