LIVE YOUR FAITH AND JOIN US IN OUR MISSION OF PREVENTING HOMELESSNESS, FIGHTING HUNGER AND CHANGING LIVES ACROSS GEORGIA.
Inspired by St. Vincent de Paul, formed by the example of Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, founder of the Society, Vincentians are ordinary men and women from every walk of life who are united in their commitment to growing spiritually through personal involvement with the poor. When you become a Vincentian, you join an international family of laymen and women who follow after Christ in an effort to bring hope and love to a hurting world.
Vincentians are formed in Conferences (volunteer groups typically based out of a parish), of which there are 72 in Georgia.
Although each conference operates independently and decides which programs and services they will offer based on the needs in their local community, they all share the same core values and abide by a few basic rules set by the National Office of the Society, located in St. Louis, MO.
Membership is not limited to Catholics but open to all persons, Christian or other, who feel they are called to put their faith into practice by demonstrating their love for God by reaching out to people in need.
WHAT DOES A CONFERENCE DO?
– Prayer – During meetings, events, and activities.
– Conference Meetings – Monthly meetings to discuss assistance requests, upcoming events, and Conference needs.
– President, Vice President, Secretary, Spiritual Adviser and Treasurer Appointments – These key positions are required for all conferences.
– Vincentian member collections – Monetary support for your conference to provide assistance to people in your community.
– District Council Meetings (The Georgia Council is divided into nine districts) Each District has a President, Vice President, Secretary, Spiritual Adviser and Treasurer. District Councils hold meetings quarterly to help the conferences in their respective regions.
“NO ACT OF CHARITY IS FOREIGN TO THE SOCIETY”
Conference programs and services include but are not limited to:
– Direct Financial Aid – Monetary support give to individuals and families for various needs including rent/mortgage and utility payments, prescriptions, food, transportation, burials and many other needs.
– Food Pantries – We have 40 Conference-based food pantries in Georgia, which are operated solely by SVdP Georgia Vincentians.
– Clothing and Furniture Aid – Distribution of clothing and/or furniture vouchers that are redeemed by families at SVdP Georgia’s 12 Thrift Stores.
– Transportation Assistance – In the form of metro cards for the bus or train.
– Moral Support – Sometimes, an ear to listen and a shoulder to cry on is just the medicine that someone needs to keep going.
– Spiritual comfort – When welcomed, Vincentians provide spiritual support to those whom they visit. This may include praying with them, leaving a prayer card, or inviting them to church. No one is required to accept spiritual guidance in order to receive assistance.
The Vincentians bring with them all the resources of the Conference and the Council, whatever is needed to help resolve the problem and make people’s lives better. Relief is offered without passing judgment and with no strings attached.
Become a Vincentian Today
If you are interested in becoming a Vincentian, please contact our Helpline to be connected to your local Conference, or your nearest Catholic church to see if they have an active SVdP Conference. If they do, you should reach out to the Conference President or another leader.
Don’t have a Conference in your parish? Consider starting a Conference and contact our Council office.