The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Members of the Society of St.Vincent de Paul (or "Vincentians" ) are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need. We are young and old. Our members come in every shade of skin color. Some of us are wealthy, some are financially poor, but all of us are blessed with an awareness that our blessings (time, talent or treasure) are to be shared with our brothers and sisters in need.
We know that we are not alone. We are part of an international society of friends united by a spirit of poverty, humility, and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings, and adherence to a basic Rule.
Energized by the awareness that service to our brother or sister in need is, in fact, an encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ, members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are keenly aware that poverty, suffering, and loneliness are present for millions in our communities. For that reason, we collaborate with all who seek to relieve need and address its causes.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. An essential precept of the Society's work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served. The Society recognizes that it must assume, also, a role of advocacy for those who are defenseless or voiceless. Some 20 million persons are helped annually by Vincentians in the United States.
The list of services of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the United States is endless. No work of charity is foreign to the Society. To quote our patron, St. Vincent de Paul: "Charity is infinitely inventive."
Drop off Saint Vincent de Paul food donations in the bin on the front porch of the Parish Office
Stuff a Truck with Good Stuff for Good Purpose
Have you been busy cleaning out your closets, cupboards, and garages while you’re home? St. Vincent de Paul is in dire need of material donations – clothing, household goods, linens, furniture, etc. We also need bicycles, helmets, locks and backpacks for our homeless neighbors.
During the month of May, St. Vincent de Paul is organizing a Stuff A Truck campaign. We will have our trucks at the following locations ready to receive your donations:
May 16 – St. Christopher – 5301 W. 16th Street
May 30 – St. Mary – 317 N. New Jersey Street
The SVdP truck will be parked in the parish parking lot on the Saturday designated above from 10am-4pm. To adhere to social distancing, simply drive up, unload your donations and place them by the truck. After you leave, our staff will load the donations into the truck. Please put your clothing and other soft goods donations into plastic trash bags and household items in boxes. We reserve the right to reject any donations of furniture that are broken, badly soiled or severely damaged in any way.
This is a win-win for everyone … you eliminate all the excess gently used goods in your home and we can replenish our supply for our neighbors in need. Click here for a list of items we do not take http://www.svdpindy.org/i-want-to-help/#goods. Thank you for Helping Us – Help Others.
As most of you are aware, St. Vincent de Paul was unable to hold its Easter Egg 5K Run/Walk on Holy Saturday. To replace the Easter Egg 5K, we are launching the St. Vincent de Paul Love Your Neighbor 5K Run/Walk . Our 5K will be virtual this year to raise funds to address the urgent needs of people in our community. Participants can run or walk the race any time during May 29 – June 12. There will be four race courses across Indianapolis to make the race convenient for runners and walkers in any part of town. You may also opt to race anywhere that is convenient for you.
This is a great opportunity to get some fresh air and exercise and support the neighbors we serve. Did I mention we also have sponsorship opportunities? 100% of all sponsorship dollars go directly to primarily support our Food Pantry where we are currently serving a record number of households.
Please go to our website www.svdpindy.org to register and discover our sponsorship opportunities. We can only continue to support the ever-evolving needs of our community if we are in this together. This is a perfect opportunity to … Love your Neighbor!
St. Vincent de Paul Annual Report 2019
Click here to view and download the St. Vincent de Paul Annual Report
St. Vincent de Paul Wish List
In spite of all the generous donations we receive from the community, we find ourselves experiencing a shortage in many areas for our neighbors in need. Following is a list of our immediate needs:
• Boy’s Clothing – Sizes 6-18
• Men’s Jeans
• Pots and Pans
• Used Adult Bicycles (we repair them)
ONGOING VOLUNTEER NEEDS
- Be an active member and make home visits.
- Sing in Resurrection Choir
- Prepare food for funeral luncheons
- Be a Mentor for a Changing Lives graduate
- Volunteer at the Client Choice pantry on 30th street
- Drive a truck or volunteer at the Distribution center or the
- Thrift Store: Contact any St. Vincent de Paul member or the Parish Office to learn more or to volunteer.