This ministry requires Ethics and Integrity training.
(Calendar of events at the bottom of the page)
Serves the poor of Austin by listening and assisting in their spiritual needs, as well as, offering financial and food assistance.
Flexible: Amount of time per week / month is based on your availability
The first Thursday at 7 p.m. and the third Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Cathedral School Teachers' Lounge
Approximate number of members:
Most successful events:
Thanksgiving dinners to families in need, Christmas graces (gifts to families in need) and summer fan distribution (with Family ElderCare) -- not to mention our annual retreat
You might be interested if:
You may want to enter a vocation dedicated to serving Christ by serving our sisters and brothers. There are any number of ways to serve, but we are particularly looking for people interested in direct service, especially those interested in becoming part of a team to visit people in their homes. Also, clerical and computer skills are welcome.
Little known fact:
First, the spiritual service we provide to those whom we visit is at least as important to them as the material support -- the prayer and love means at least as month as the rent assistance. Also, the society is committed to addressing poverty on a systemic basis as well as addressing its symptoms. Oh, and we laugh a lot, too!
The mission of the St. Vincent de Paul Society is to assist the needy with financial aid, food and clothing according to Matthew 25
SVDP aids people in many ways:
- We help the needy on a personal and confidential basis.
- We offer Christian support and friendship.
- We provide food, clothing and financial assistance for housing, utilities and medical needs.
- We help families contact other organizations in the city and county that provide help.
- Our goal is to help sustain these families for a short time until they can manage on their own.
There are many rewarding volunteer opportunities available that would be great for families, couples or individuals. Opportunities include: attendance at the SVDP meetings twice a month, home visitations, pantry work, assisting the needy in various ways and answering phone calls from people needing assistance.
The only qualifications needed are the desire to help the needy in a friendly, nonjudgmental way and the ability to keep personal information concerning the cases "confidential."
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