The mission statement for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is: “Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, Vincent de Paul. As a reflection of the whole family of God, Members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule. Organized locally, Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served, because in them Vincentians see the face of Christ.”
SVdP volunteers and members serve our community by providing food to our brothers and sisters who are in need of assistance. In addition to food, SVdP provides some financial assistance towards utilities. Other assistance includes Special Projects such as Back to School, Thanksgiving, and the Christmas Angel Tree. SVdP has also invited the University Health Science Mammography Mobile Unit to come to the pantry and provide mammograms to our sisters in Christ. These projects are announced during the year and certain requirements must be met in order to register for the projects.
SVdP volunteers become Vincentians when they are installed as members during an installation ceremony after six months of service. Volunteers at the food pantry serve in several capacities such as receptionist, food desk personnel, food files, interviewer, food distribution personnel, computer input, and bagging groceries. Other volunteers who cannot come to the pantry on the days we are open, answer voice messages from home, deliver food to the homebound, help unload/bag food, and serve meals to the homeless at St. Vinny’s Bistro at Haven for Hope.
The SVdP Food Pantry is located in the house to the right of the church and is open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Persons inside the pantry at 11:00 a.m. are assisted and volunteers stay until everyone has been helped. The pantry is open on other days to do paperwork and restock the food pantry, but it is not open to the public on these days.
If you come to request assistance, you will form a line outside of the pantry. When you enter, you will be given a number. Let the receptionist know if you are new. You will see an interviewer to complete paperwork prior to receiving your food. Once you complete your paperwork, you will see the receptionist and she will send you to sign for the food and gather your food bags. Bring canvas bags to carry your food. If you are seeking financial assistance, tell the receptionist when you are handed your number so that she can log you in and you can speak with an interviewer.
Officers and Core Team:
Co-Presidents: Ralph Clark (pantry needs), firstname.lastname@example.org
María Treviño (administrative), email@example.com
Vice-President: Rosie Garza, firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Carol Clark, email@example.com
Secretary: Cathy Ríos, firstname.lastname@example.org
The officers meet on the 2nd Monday of the month when there are four weeks in the month and meet on the 3rd Monday when there are five weeks in the month. The business meeting is held once a month on the 3rd Monday when there are four weeks in a month or the 5th Monday when there are five weeks in the month. All volunteers and members are invited to the meeting.
If you are seeking Food Assistance, you need to bring a picture ID and a utility bill or other official document that shows your current address.
If you are seeking Financial Assistance, click on the Financial Assistance button to download the financial assistance information and worksheet. Bring all the documents listed and the financial worksheet when you go to the pantry.
If you wish to volunteer, click the Volunteer Button to download the application. In addition to the application, you must complete a Criminal Background Check and Safe Environment online training. You must complete these two items before volunteering.
Once you have finished, take the certificate and background page to Frank Ramos in the RE office. Then take a copy of the certificate and the original application to the church office so that they can place it in the SVDP mailbox or you can take both to the pantry on Wednesday or Friday between 9:00 and 11:00. We look forward to meeting new volunteers.