"For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away." Matthew 25:29
Our St. Margaret Mary Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society is blessed by our parish’s very generous support and contributions, both in cash and non-perishable food and household items. We greatly appreciate the trust put in us to be good stewards of generosity to those people who come to us for help.
Most people come to us as a last resort, when they’re threatened with a shutoff notice from the utility companies or an eviction notice from their landlord. Some come for food assistance or transportation assistance.
80% of our clients are single-parent families and their average age is 39 years. 88% are unemployed. So a broad picture is these are people who have experienced a loss–of a spouse, a job, or their health–and were ultimately pushed to seek help by the threat of severe consequences if they didn’t.
While we have encountered a few people who work the system, our experience is the great majority don’t want to ask for help at all, but have to.
Your SMM Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society – Mary Clare Beninato, Mary Davy, Kit Diesing, Dan and Melissa Donnelly, Mary Elbert, Tony Jaworski, Gene Kuhn, Dan McGill, Jim O’Laughlin, Sharon Root, Norene Stoolman and Bob Wachter
There are five ways you can help:
- Pray for our Conference, that we may be Christ to those people who seek help from us.
- Continue to support us financially and consider establishing a recurring donation.
- Continue to donate non-perishable food and household items. pdf Here is a short list with the items most needed for our own SMM pantry. (106 KB)
- Offer your services to help out one of our clients or their families. See the invitation below.
Because of your prayers and financial support over the past year, we were able to help most of those who asked for assistance. But prayers and funding are not the only way to give; many of those we serve need particular help that perhaps you might be able to provide---your professional services: Medical, Dental, Legal advice, Physical Therapy, Counseling, Budgeting, Tax Filing assistance, Child Care, Home Care, Spiritual Direction, Tutoring, and many others, including Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, General Home Repairs, Electronic/Computer assistance, and more. We always meet those we serve and assess each situation individually, so we would not recommend anyone to you unless we determined it was a valid need.
Another area to consider is hobbies and clubs; so many of those we serve feel separated from “normal families.” If someone were to invite them into a parish or other activity, pick them up, stay with them through the first meeting, it would be a generous act indeed. Over the years, many baptized Catholics have called us and though we invite them, it is very difficult for them to make the initial move to come to Mass or to set up a meeting with one of our Priests or Deacons-- a friendly, welcoming person can make all the difference! If you would like to provide any of these or a “pro bono” professional service, indicate how frequently you would provide that (one time only, annually, upon request, etc.) please contact the SMM Parish Office at 402-558-2255.
Blessed Rosalie Rendu (1786-1856) a Vincentian worker, encourages us to “Be a milestone where all those who are tired have the right to lay down their load.”