St. Vincent de Paul Society


Bonnie Schulaner
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This international Roman Catholic voluntary organization is dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing direct assistance to anyone in need.

Responsibilities - The Society was founded in 1833 to serve impoverished people living in the slums of Paris, France. Today, it numbers about 950,000 in some 132 countries world-wide, whose members operate through “conferences”. The Port St. Lucie conference operates out of St. Bernadette Church. It is composed of Catholic stewards who dedicate their time and resources to help those in need in the community. The Society trains new members to become case workers and to develop an understanding of the different financial circumstances people encounter. In order to provide food and comfort to those in need, the organization operates a thrift store and a food pantry. Clients are provided with vouchers to access with these two facilities. The Society stewards are also informational sources for other social service agencies that can address more long-term needs of individuals or families.

Helpful Attributes - A keen awareness and understanding of the varied problems individuals and families encounter.

Time Commitment - Varies with the stewardship activities in which one becomes engaged.

Training Required - Parish training is provided.

Fingerprinting Required - Yes