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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Our Mission

Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.

As a reflection of the whole family of God, members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an established, international organization made up of thousands of small, volunteer chapters known as “conferences” grouped together by country, archdiocese, region, and nation. Each of these conferences follows the general “Rule” of the Society but, unlike most charities, can direct their “special works” programs to the problems facing the poor and suffering in their own community. The Vincentian vocation is the call of personal service to those in need.

Organized locally, Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.

St. Vincent de Paul’s mission is the spiritual growth of its members through one-on-one service to people in need. We help YOU, help each other. Below video provided by DePaul University (Chicago, IL).

There is nothing more holy, more eminently perfect, than resignation to the will of God, which confirms us in an entire detachment from ourselves, and a perfect indifference for every condition in which we may be placed.

St. Vincent de Paul

1581-1660

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Plymouth, WI

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Plymouth is a “conference” of people from the community caring for and addressing the needs of our poor and suffering neighbors and friends.

The Plymouth Conference has been active in our community since 1961-over 50 years of service! SVdP Plymouth is just one of the conferences within Sheboygan County Council. We ultimately belong to both the SVDP Milwaukee Archdiocese Council and the SVDP Council of the United States.

St. Vincent de Paul Plymouth offers one-on-one personal assistance to those who ask for help. There are many people, although you may not see them, which are in need or are suffering. The Society’s goal is to find those people and help, so that their lives and spirits may grow. To fulfill our goals, the Plymouth Conference first depends on members and other volunteers to help. The Plymouth Conference is currently made up of 36 members and more than 100 volunteers who work together to make a difference. Also, members otherwise known as “Vincentians,” are responsible for following the “Rule,” directing services and support, calling on individuals and families through home visits, and finding new ways to help the poor and suffering in our community. Vincentians build a bridge of communication and friendship, with families or people that are needing help. Through this contact, the Conference stays abreast of the problems in our community and can better develop effective new programs. Read more about our Outreach Assistance and programs here.

Through prayer, financial assistance, counseling, mentoring, as well as, in-kind help through our Plymouth Community Store, we help people in need. Regardless of age, race, sexual orientation or religion; Vincentians see the face of Christ in those they serve. Our focus is on quality, not quantity. Our faith is our inspiration and motivation. Our goal is all work of charity and justice. Love in action! Live your faith!

Just as one must will only what God wills in order to be a saint, so also, one must judge things as God judges them, in order to be wise. Now, then, who knows whether your opinions always conform to God’s? How often have you found yourself mistaken in your judgments and decisions?

St. Vincent de Paul

1581-1660

Voice of the Poor

The Voice of the Poor is the advocacy arm of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. With members representing every section and demographic of the nation, we identify those issues that are critical to those living in poverty and need, and help bring attention to them so communities and our elected representatives can help develop strategies and tactics that will provide the most effective and efficient means to reduce or eliminate poverty. As members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, we see the face of Jesus in those we visit. We have a responsibility to be a Voice of the Poor (VOP) and to speak out for those who have no voice. No other charity or social service agency visits people in their homes, listens to their stories, and offers such compassionate hope and aid. The Society gives immediate help but also seeks mid-term and long-term solutions. We believe in the dignity of every person.

Economic Rights:

We believe that every individual has a right to that which is necessary to sustain life. Income, security, shelter, and sufficient food is vital for all. Rights of workers, just wages, right to participation in government and a government sensitve to the common good of the people are among our concerns.

Education:

We believe that every child has a right to quality education.

Family Life:

We believe in the sacredness of the family. We advocate for the well being of children and all who are unable to speak for themselves.

Health Care:

We believe that all people have a right to quality health care and should have access to both prevention and treatment.

Housing:

We believe that all people have a right to affordable and safe housing.

Human and Civil Rights:

We believe in advocating for access to job training. We oppose unjust discrimination. We advocate for the restorative justice in treating prisoners and, especially juveniles. We are for abolition of the death penalty.

Voice of the Poor Committees in dioceses across the country provide education on poverty issues and advocate for the poor at all levels of government

Learn more about the Voice of the Poor here.

Friends of the Poor Walk®

The Friends of the Poor Walk® began in 2008 to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP). Funds raised from the Walk help those in need with food, clothing, medicine, housing assistance, transportation and utility costs, job training and placement, and disaster relief. All proceeds from the Walk directly benefit people in the communities where the money is raised. There are no administrative fees associated with the event. Each community’s Walk is organized and run by its own SVdP Conference or Council in Fall. Learn more about the Friends of the Poor Walk here.

Other SVDP Programs

Stewardship

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers an opportunity for stewardship by serving as a Vincentian. We invite you to join the Society in spiritual growth, fellowship, and works of charity. Learn how becoming a Vincentian helps the community and you! Grow spiritually, help those in need, and develop friendship at St. Vincent de Paul Plymouth. Vincentians help with home visits to people in need of assistance. They also help many of our seniors or homebound neighbors through their weekly visits to local nursing homes, assisted living homes, and private houses bringing both communion and prayer.

Click here for more information pertaining to the Stewardship of St. Vincent de Paul.

Go to our online employment and volunteer applications for more information about distributing or receiving communion.

Click here for a document regarding the Stewardship and The Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

 

Twinning

More affluence Councils and Conferences reach out to help their fellow Vincentians both domestically and internationally, in a time-honored tradition known as Twinning. Benefactors and beneficiaries communicate regularly, strengthening their bonds of friendship.

Click here for more information on International Twinning & SVdP.

 

Disaster Relief

Vincentians around the country respond to natural disasters with direct service, contributions, and prayers. When appropriate, a comprehensive disaster relief plan is implemented and coordinated by our national office.

Click here for more information on Disaster Relief & SVdP.

There is always great good, for those who humble themselves. Lord, help me to make time today to serve you in those who are most in need of encouragement or assistance.

St. Vincent de Paul

1581-1660