St. Mary's Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Mission Statement

A network of friends, inspired by Gospel values, growing in holiness and building a more just world through personal relationships with and service to people in need.

(SVdP USA, Approved April 14, 2018)

Volunteer: The St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVdP) is a volunteer, lay Catholic organization with a Conference at St. Mary Parish. Adult men and women, known as Vincentians,  help each other grow spiritually and live out the gospel values by helping neighbors in need in their community, regardless of religious affiliation. New volunteers are always welcome and receive a formal orientation and training.

Assistance: A person or family in need is encouraged to call SVdP (Assistance Letter).  Vincentians respond to the call and make arrangements for two SVdP members to make a home visit to determine how best the Conference can be of help. All information is kept confidential, and each person is treated with dignity.

Donation: SVdP Conference funding comes from donations. St. Mary Parish parishioners and parish groups, including the Knights of Columbus, have been very generous. Other funding sources include the Friends of the Poor Walk, a Christmas card donation program, and donations from local companies and organizations. Donations in memory of loved ones are also an appreciated source of funding for us. The Conference maintains a small non-perishable food pantry made possible by generous food donations from parishioners.

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Interim Results Oct 1, 2020 - May 31, 2021

“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things. “ Mother Teresa

Thank you to all the parishioners, the Knights of Columbus and all the other organizations for your continued support of SVDP by generously donating food and financial assistance so we can help Franklin residents in need. Special thanks to Fathers Brian and Jack and Deacons Guy and Ron for spreading God’s message of the importance of helping others.

We are happy to report that during COVID we continued our mission of serving Neighbors in need. Although we couldn’t enter people’s homes, our 40 members still had calls with neighbors in need a total of 593 times, with 1,850 people helped. Food deliveries were left on the sidewalk and we waited to confirm their pickup.

We were proactive with the devastating Franklin Crossing Fire. We immediately contacted the complex manager and reached out to Franklin Crossing residents to assess their need and advise them of available resources. Some had insurance, some not, most residents in building 2 lost everything. Those in buildings 4 and 6 still had to find alternate housing. We met with 13 families and after assessing their immediate need were able to provide gift cards for gas, food and clothing as well as some temporary hotel lodging which amounted to over $3,000. We also provided food, hygiene bags and complimentary SVDP Thrift store vouchers. We’ll continue to maintain contact with these residents as it’ll take a year before residents in buildings 4 and 6 can move back and probably 2 years for residents in building 2. Affordable apartments in Franklin are hard to find. If you know of any please contact us.

Your generosity also helped our day to day operations as follows:

  • Distribute 341 bags of donated food and 93 Hygiene bags.
  • Give out Complimentary SVDP Thrift Store vouchers worth $2,500
  • Caring Tree 102 families, 245 people helped for a total of $11,625 in Gift Cards
  • Easter Grocery Cards for 81 families for $8,850

Altogether financially, your donations served families 218 times for a total of $45,620 with the largest items being housing, utilities, automobile related and gift cards. Any financial assistance was paid directly to the provider of services and not to the person seeking assistance.

The most important members of this Ministry are each of you, our Contributing members, without whom we would not be able to serve. We thank you for your generosity, and want you to know your contributions are very appreciated by the people we serve.

Promoters of Hope, Apostles of Charity and Advocates of the Dignity of the human person.