Society of St. Vincent de Paul
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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) was founded in Paris, France in 1833 by Frédéric Ozanam and a group of young Catholics who were inspired by the charitable work done by St. Vincent de Paul in the 16th century. As one of the oldest and largest charitable organizations in the world, SVdP is a Catholic lay organization of about 800,000 men and women, called Vincentians, who join together to help the needy and suffering in 150 countries on five continents. Membership in the United States totals more than 160,000 volunteers in 4,400 communities. The OLGC Conference of SVdP has been part of our Parish since 1998 and is one of ten conferences within the Catholic Diocese of Arlington.
The OLGC Conference of SVdP is comprised of OLGC parishioners, and is funded mainly by OLGC, profits from OLGC sponsored events like the Women’s Club Thanksgiving bake sale, and contributions from individuals. Our mission is to grow spiritually and in fellowship while providing person-to-person assistance to those in need. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of SVdP unique. An essential precept of the Society’s work is to provide help while maintaining the dignity of those who we serve. One way we do this is by striving to share Christ’s love with the poor, while looking to find Christ in the face of those we serve. During our 2016-2017 fiscal year, we helped over 1,800 people and our volunteers worked more than 2,700 hours.
Our contact with those in need usually starts with their call to our Helpline, which we monitor daily. The aid we provide includes financial and material assistance, referrals to government and community organizations and, many times, simply meeting with and listening to those who come to us for help and support. We work closely with community groups, other area churches, and Fairfax County government agencies to determine the best way to help our neighbors in need.