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St. Vincent de Paul Conference

What is a St Vincent de Paul Conference? What does it do?

Conferences are parish and/or community based groups of lay volunteers that provide direct services and referral information to poor and needy individuals and families. Conference members become personally involved in helping the poor of their community, and seek to grow and develop their own spiritual lives.

Conferences have also been organized at schools, universities, hospitals, prisons and other places where they can meet the corporal and spiritual needs of others. Each conference decides what programs and services they will offer, based on the needs of the parish, local community and neighbors.

 

In parishes, Conferences work closely with the pastor and congregation to serve the poor and needy in the community. They obtain their funding through regular and special collections in the parish, fund raising drives

and member donations.

 

At the heart of the St Vincent de Paul Society and each Conference are its lay volunteers. The most concrete embodiment of the volunteers’ mission is the home visit, where dedicated members work with families and individuals and help them overcome challenges to self-sufficiency. St Vincent de Paul volunteers assist with emergency food and shelter programs; conduct food, clothing and toy drives; furnish financial assistance for utilities; transportation or temporary housing. They provide referrals to victims of domestic violence, runaways and those in need of medical or dental treatment; help individuals with filing paper work for government assistance; and visit elderly shut-ins or those in prison.

 

Our Mission

The Conference of Our Lady of Refuge Church is a part of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul, Council of Los Angeles which is a part of a worldwide organization of lay Catholic men and women who are committed to live and grow in their Christian faith through prayer and personal involvement in charitable works. The Society’s mission is accomplished through parish and community-based groups called Conferences (volunteers) and programs called “Special Works.” The Society’s work includes any actions that promote the dignity of the person, alleviate suffering and distress, while correcting the conditions that caused them.

“No Act of Charity is Foreign to the Society.”

 

Vincentian Spirituality

Spirituality is the first objective of the St Vincent de Paul Society. The primary role of volunteers is not to pay the bills, furnish groceries or clothe someone It is acting out the faith by providing loving and compassionate interest in individuals. If that interest calls for food, clothing or other assistance so be it. It is in loving others where the contact with Christ emerges. That contact with Christ is what separates the Society of St. Vincent De Paul from just another social agency. Although our objective is to bring love and hope, when we see our brother or sister suffering, we naturally want to help. So we collect food and raise funds in order to help and demonstrate the truth of the central message of Christianity to “Love one another.”

 

How you can help

Every donation, large or small, helps the Society to continue the work of its volunteer conference
Sometimes it feels as individuals we are unable to make meaningful changes in our neighborhoods. But by supporting the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, virtually 100 percent of your contributions go to helping poor and needy children and families. When you assist the St Vincent de Paul Conference at Our Lady of Refuge Parish, you work for change in our local community. You personally identify with and assist individuals and families strive for self-sufficiency.

 

If you are interested in participating in the St Vincent de Paul Conference of Our Lady of Refuge Parish,
or if you have questions, please contact: Dairo Moody at (562) 715-1747 or email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Visit the website of the St Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles for information about works of charity sponsored locally: St Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles

Donate online to the St Vincent de Paul Society using Paypal.