Representatives from 28 national, faith-based organizations sent a letter to the Congressional leaders urging a long-term funding extension of the Children's Health Insurance program (CHIP) as soon as possible. There are 8.9 million children who rely on CHIP. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is one of the signatories of the letter and National President Sheila Gilbert is quoted in the press release (ninth quote on the list).
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The National Council of the United States-Society of St. Vincent de Paul announces RFP’s for TWO grant programs totaling $231,000! These funds are a result of an Anonymous Foundation grant to the National Council. SVdP Conferences & Councils are eligible to submit. Due October 20th!
Click here for the Systemic Change RFP Click here for the Dental RFP
SVdP Television Specials July 26, 27 and 28 on EWTNth on EWTN!
Come along with Society of St. Vincent de Paul members on their spiritual growth journey through service to people in need. In these special presentations, join Vincentians as they go on home visits, work the land to grow fresh produce to help feed the hungry, help people find relief from high-interest payday loans, provide life-saving medicines in a community pharmacy and much more! See our Catholic faith in action through the volunteers of this unique lay vocation and the face of Christ in the people they serve.
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Society Statement on Better Care Reconciliation Act
The Society has consistently maintained that the expanded health care coverage that the poor and vulnerable currently have not be rolled back. We understand that there are parts of the Affordable Care Act that warrant revision and improvement. Indeed, we join in the call for such changes. But neither the previously passed House version or this new version, re-branded as the “Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017,” do that.
Please e-mail or call your US Senator to urge him or her to not support the just released Senate legislation which would decimate health care coverage for the poor and vulnerable – the very individuals, families and children we care so deeply about and minister to daily.
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The SVdP television special “Our Faith in Action” Today’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul” is now available online for all Councils and Conferences to use to help tell our story.
The half-hour program shows Society of St. Vincent de Paul members on their spiritual growth journey through service to people in need. This special shows Vincentians on a home visit with a family in need, helping the homeless in a downtown shelter and working with returning citizens through prison ministry. This program provides an excellent overview of who we are and what we do.
"Our Faith in Action" is available to stream or download on the Society's Vimeo channel or to watch on YouTube
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Help Support Victims of Disasters
Already in 2017, there have been five disaster events with each having losses exceeding $1 billion affecting tens of thousands of people. The SVdP Disaster Services Division (DSD) has been actively supporting Councils and Conferences in responding to natural disasters from coast to coast.
The SVdPUSA Disaster Services Division provides long-term assistance in the form of on-site training, Rapid Response Grants, Long-Term Recovery Grants, Disaster Case Management and ongoing support.
In addition to their work in larger communities, the SVdP Disaster Services Division and local Councils/Conferences are currently providing disaster relief and recovery assistance to rural communities in: California, Illinois, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Carolina and West Virginia.
Please pray for all the people who have lost their homes to disasters and consider supporting the efforts of Vincentians to help them. Please help now!
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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.
Read the Letter Here
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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