Thursday, July 15, 2010
Volunteers are the root of the Society's Outreach
The Society’s more than 2,000 year-round ‘Vincentian’ volunteers helped close to 127,000 homeless, disadvantaged and working-poor families live a little easier during the past fiscal year. Assistance included, but was not limited to: rent, mortgage, utilities, medical, dental and legal issues regardless of religion, race, gender or national origin.
Bob, 68, a Vietnam veteran whose prostate cancer was in remission, faced eviction from his trailer. Receiving no social security benefits, Bob had exhausted his financial options. After much advocating on his behalf, a local St. Vincent de Paul ‘volunteer’ conference helped restore Bob’s social security benefits, established a bank account and moved him into a senior complex. Bob now volunteers his time sorting books at a St. Vincent de Paul thrift store, joyfully telling anyone who will listen how his life changed because the Society helped him when no one else would.
“St. Vincent de Paul helped prevent my utilities from being disconnected. My husband, who had been paying the bills, left. Unbeknownst to me, he left me with a huge power, water and sewer bill. I was unable to find employment. For weeks, I could not sleep with anxiety. However, I received assistance (when I needed it most).”
~ Lydia, 61 Los Angeles
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