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St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul Society

"Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me."  Matthew 25:40


Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)


Q: What Does "Caring For Neighbors In Need" Mean At Sacred Heart?

The Sacred Heart Conference implements our parish outreach to those seeking assistance to deal with emergencies. To be eligible for assistance, a person must live within the geographic boundaries served by Sacred Heart Church. In addition to assisting families or individuals in need, we also consider, and where appropriate, respond to requests coming into the parish from religious and social agencies that provide essential services to the poor and needy in the larger community. "Working together, improving lives — in the community."


Q: How Do We Find Those In Need?

Individuals often initiate the need process themselves by calling the parish. Social Services Agencies, friends, neighbors, or Sacred Heart's own Social Justice Committee may make referrals. Following the call, a member of the Saint Vincent de Paul (SVDP) Conference makes contact with the person seeking help. Initial contact is usually done by phone. All names and circumstances of those seeking help are held in strict confidence, and every effort is made to respect the dignity of the person.


Q: How Do We Help?

  • During the interview, the SVDP member assesses the situation described by the individual, establishes eligibility, and discusses possible resources for assistance.


  • Appropriate monetary assistance may be provided to help with rent to prevent eviction, utility bill, essential clothing, household items, or medical related expenses.


  • Checks are issued to the organization providing the service (pharmacy, rental office, utility company). Monetary assistance is usually not given to a family more than once a year.


  • A food pantry is maintained to meet emergency needs of families. Depending upon circumstances, arrangements are made for pick-up of the food from the Parish Center or for delivery to the home by a member of the SVDP Society.


  • The SVDP Conference also sponsors a number of special projects to collect items to meet the needs of the poor, both those in our own community and those of our sister parishes.

Q: How Are We Funded?

The money that you contribute to the Poor Box in Sacred Heart Church is our primary source of income.