SVdPUSA Disaster Services is helping with the relief efforts.
Please support SVdPUSA’s National Council’s Domestic Disaster Relief Fund. Your contribution will help change lives, rebuild homes, provide shelter, emergency daily-living supplies and most importantly, restore hope to those in need!
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The "World Day of the Poor" was established by the Pope Francis, on the celebration of the Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy, through the Apostolic Letter entitled "Mercy and Poverty." The celebration and specific actions take place on 19 November, each year.
For us, fellow members of the SSVP all over the world, the institution of the "World Day of the Poor" resonates prophetically before the care that we owe to the human being who is in this situation. The poverty of many of our fellow human beings is not a theoretical problem, but a shocking and tangible reality. We cannot have a simplistic view of this reality; our vision must be holistic, because it consists in the vision of the human being, made in the image and likeness of God. This day is important, because it reminds us to carry out more lovingly our Vincentian activities in favour of the less fortunate, since one of the biggest existing poverty is precisely the lack of love.
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SVdP Interview with FADICA
Society of St. Vincent de Paul National CEO Dave Barringer was interviewed by Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA) on their “Helping Goodness Spread Blog.”
FADICA is a network of private foundations and donors supporting Catholic-sponsored programs and institutions. For 40 years, FADICA has served as a dynamic and catalytic philanthropic network committed to supporting Catholic activities and initiatives (especially those that strengthen the Church and aid the poor).
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The National Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has launched Neighborhoods of Hope (NOH), an effort to tackle poverty at the community level. The program will enhance and maximize Vincentian poverty-fighting initiatives already taking place.
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Project Empower is a systemic change project for our neighbors-in-need with disabilities who are being served by Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Connecting neighbors-in-need with Allsup increases their chances of being approved at the initial application level by 50%! Most individuals who apply for SSDI do it themselves, and approximately 67% are denied. They then join over a million other Americans in the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) backlog, where they must wait an average 564 days for a hearing. Learn more about how you can help people with disabilities better access this life changing benefit.
St. Louise de Marillac Feast Day – May 9
St. Louise de Marillac (1591-1660) was a friend and collaborator of St. Vincent de Paul. Together they co- founded the Daughters of Charity. They organized hospitals for the sick poor, asylums for the orphaned, workshops for the unemployed, championed literacy for the uneducated and established standards for local charities. Louise was a wife, mother, teacher, nurse, social worker and religious foundress.
Louise de Marillac was beatified by Pope Benedict XV in 1920 and canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1934. Pope John XXIII named Louise the Patron of all Christian Social Workers in 1960. In 2016, her feast day was changed to May 9, the anniversary of her beatification.
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Frederic Ozanam was born on April 23, 1813 in Milan, Italy. On April 23, 1833 Frederic and six companions founded the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Also, St. Vincent de Paul was born on April 24, 1581. To commemorate these events, the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul celebrates the last Sunday of April as Ozanam Sunday.
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On January 31st 2017, brother Renato Lima de Oliveira, 16thPresident General of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, issues his first Circular Letter which is the means by which President Generals have traditionally communicated directly with members of the Society, beloved members of Conferences, throughout the world. Because of its length, it is suggested that the Circular Letter be divided into two or three parts, each of which could form the basis for a reflection at Conference meetings.
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You can help people in need by donating an old vehicle while easing your tax burden for the year. Do something good for others during the holidays by donating a vehicle to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
The proceeds generated from vehicle donations in your community will go right back into the neighborhood to help feed the hungry, keep the lights and heat on, fund programs to help people help themselves, and more.
We accept most cars, trucks, trailers, boats, RV’s, motorcycles, off-road vehicles, heavy equipment and most other motorized vehicles. If you have any questions about what you can donate, please call us toll-free at (800) 322-8284 seven days a week.
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Learn more about SVdP’s new National Partner DollarDays International at svdp.dollardays.com. Founded by a former Macy’s executive, DollarDays is a national wholesaler of holiday & seasonal items, winter apparel, baby care, student backpacks, bath & body, fleece blankets, medical supplies, office & school supplies, arts & crafts, stationary & gift wrap, store fixtures, toys & games and clothing online, by the case, with free shipping and small minimum order. Shipping is free through the SVdP portal, but all orders do incur a $3.99 processing fee.
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In today’s world, people are constantly on the go. The one accessory that is constantly by almost everyone’s side is their phone or other mobile device. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has launched a new mobile app that helps you link up with SVdP to receive instant alerts, stay current with SVdP events, take and share photos, connect with resources and more!
To find and download the mobile app, just go to your mobile device’s app store and search “SVDPUSA” and click install. The app is FREE, so download it today!
For instructions on downloading the mobile app, click the following link: http://bit.ly/2acrAXI !
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