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Saint Vincent de Paul & his Legacy with Present Time

The Spirit of SVP lives on.

Changing Lives Serving Communities, Since 1903 The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Atlanta provides financial, material, educational, and spiritual Our Mission and Vision The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Atlanta provides financial, material, educational and spiritual support to those in need regardless of background or faith and collaborates with other organizations to empower people to achieve self-sufficiency. We are part of an international organization and have operated in North & Middle Georgia since 1903. Our Vision The Vision of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Atlanta is to change the face of charity by offering hope as well as help to all through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

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Core Values
Respect Listen and encourage open communication Be mindful of others and their time Remember to say Thank You Embrace peoples differences Respond to inquiries and requests in 24 hours Remember to be empathetic and show compassion Excellence Always do your best Do your due diligence by thinking how can I be more helpful before passing it on to someone else.

Have a positive attitude and let it show Seize opportunities so that you may continue to learn and grow Accountability Take ownership of your duties Follow-through on what you say you will do Plan and Prioritize to maximize efficiency in your day Be knowledgeable and accurate Be honest Be consistent

Help Made All the Difference

Stories of Hope

Jamey called the St. Vincent de Paul client assistance line and left a message. Her husband was unemployed and they had six children, ages infant to 17 years. She didnt feel optimistic. All the weeks of struggles had turned into months. What she really hoped for was a job for her husband. But, what she really needed was food for her family and money to pay the rent. The next day when a lady called her back, she was surprised and happy. The lady asked to come to her home to visit. Jamey thought how much easier it will be for them to come to her. She had bundled up her crew before to go ask for help at other places. Its difficult to keep the young children occupied and quiet while they have to wait to be seen. A few times, Jamey gave up because the kids became too tired.

When the lady on the phone arrived, she had a partner with her. They told her they were called Vincentians and they always visited in pairs. They sat with Jamey and talked to her about her situation and what she needed. She poured out her heart to them. Telling them how sad it made her to see her family go hungry, how her husband felt worthless because he couldnt find a new job how helpless they both felt. The Vincentians gave Jamey a grocery store gift card and told her how to get to the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. While the children played nearby, the Vincentians noticed that Jamey and her family didnt have enough beds for everybody. They explained the Sweet Dreams bed program to Jamey and she grew excited at the thought of everyone having his or her own bed. By the time the Vincentians left, Jamey and her family began to feel they might actually recover from their bad fortune. Jamey went to the SVdP Food Pantry and they helped her go through the screening for other benefits. She learned that the family qualified for food stamps. The caseworkers at the Food Pantry also provided Jamey with food for a month. They encouraged her to have her husband explore a local job training program. A few months later, Jamey called the hotline again. This time she wanted to say thank you. Her husband had found a new job and the help they had received from SVdP had made all the difference.

SVDP Northern California

Acceptance, Dignity and Hope The St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVDP) is a nonprofit organization that provides direct assistance to anyone suffering or in need. We offer a lifeline to those in want of food and clothing, rent assistance, medical aid, help with addiction or incarceration, employment and shelter. The motto of the St. Vincent de Paul Society is no act of charity is foreign to the Society.

Promising Future
Genevas income was not enough to support her family; she needed help with her rent. She called the SVdP client assistance line and was referred to her local SVdP Conference. Two Vincentians went out to Genevas home for a visit. When they arrived, they met Geneva and her two young sons. She told them that even though she had a job, it wasnt paying her enough to meet her bills. She was going to start a second job the next month. She was also attending school. She will then have a full time job, a part time job and school responsibilities. The Vincentians could see that Geneva was working hard to better her circumstances. She clearly wanted a better life for herself and her two boys. The local Conference was able to assist Geneva with her rent, they also explained to her how she might be able to stretch her money a little further with help from the SVdP food pantry. Geneva told them she was grateful for their advice and assistance. Her future looks promising.

SVDP cincinnati
Neighbors helping neighbors. The poor are hungry not only for food, they are hungry to be recognized as human beings. They are hungry for dignity and to be treated as we are treated. They are hungry for our love. Mother Teresa Across Cincinnati, that's what the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is all about serving our neighbors in need, regardless of race or religious affiliation. When difficult situations arise - a lost job, an illness or unexpected expense - the most basic necessities like food, shelter, medicine, clothing, and transportation can become impossible to afford. Each day there are heartbreaking circumstances right here in our own community, but practical, person-to-person care offered in a respectful and loving way can make a world of difference. At St. Vincent de Paul, we ease an individual or family's initial emergency, then shepherd them into programs that can bring lasting change. Donations made locally are used and distributed throughout Cincinnati neighborhoods.

SVdP Provides Help in Her Time of Need

Sandra, a New Jersey native and a former spousal abuse victim, came to the Chamblee Family Support Center in late July for help. She and her five teenage boys lost everything the night before when their house burned down. As the ST. Vincent de Paul caseworker spoke with Sandra, she explained how she and her sons were napping in the back room of their home when a bystander, noticed her house in flames, her car in the driveway, and knocked on her window to get her attention. He told her that her house was on fire. She and the boys escaped just before the entire house was consumed by the flames. Sandra and her sons smelled like smoke when they came in looking for assistance. They had nothing but the clothes on their backs, their car, and each other. United Way provided a place to stay for the weekend and referred them to the Society of St Vincent de Paul of Atlanta for further assistance. St. Vincent de Paul was able to assist Sandra with a number of things. The Family Support Center provided her with food from the food pantry, clothing and household items that were lost in the fire. Her sons told the caseworker they were very happy to just have a change of undergarments and shoes, let alone the clothing SVdP provided. SVdP also provided beds, bedding, tables, lamps, dishes, and other small essentials. The FSC processed a Fresh Start application for Sandra, too. She needed more help to pay her bills because her family had been staying in a motel room causing her to over extend her budget and fall behind on her utility bills. Sandra has expressed how thankful was that St Vincent de Paul was here for her family when they had no one else she could depend on in her time of need.

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Many of Us Doing a Little Means a Lot to Our Neighbors in Need The little efforts of many caring people combine to make a big difference in the lives of those in our community who are most vulnerable. Year-round, we provide person-to-person assistance with basic needs for food, clothing, mattresses, shelter, medicine and more. But we need a little help. What we provide depends on your generous spirit. Times are tough for many of us, but we hope that in this season of giving, youll choose to do a little good for your neighbors most in need.

Rolling to New Success

Crystal, a mother of a young son, fled an abusive relationship in the middle of the night. She came to the Family Support Center with voucher from a Conference. She had been living in a temporary shelter, and is now in transitional housing. She needs to set up housekeeping but doesnt have basic kitchen necessities like dishes, pots, pans, linens. Currently, her son is hospitalized for a bacterial infection in his leg. She will soon begin a new job at United Way. She needs a little help now, but expects things to get better once she starts her job and son is released from hospital. The SVdP caseworker assisted Crystal as she looked for household goods in the FSC warehouse. Crystal found many things she will need to make a home for herself and her son. The caseworker helped pack the items into a rolling suitcase, also found in the warehouse, and Crystal left happy, knowing she was well on her way, rolling to new success.

Did you know that more than 90% of every dollar received directly benefits the hungry and homeless individuals and families we serve? We are able to do this at St. Vincent de Paul because of the generous support of our dedicated volunteers and donors.
You can become a part of our mission to serve those in need by leaving your own legacy on the Society! Current and future planned giving arrangements are available to ensure that your charitable contributions are assisting the poor and simultaneously fulfilling your values, beliefs and the needs of your own family.


Saving a Family Home

Over the summer, SVdP has partnered with United Way in accepting Fresh Start Applications. The Georgia Fresh Start program is an initiative that will provide a one-time crisis assistance payment for qualified families to pay past-due utilities and/or shelter expenses. Led by the Department of Human Services (DHS) and United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, the program will distribute a maximum payment per family of up to $3,000. The program ends Sept 10. Weve experienced an overwhelming response to this program. Here is another story from a Vincentian who helped a Fresh Start Client. This is why we keep doing what we do! Weve experienced an overwhelming response to this program. Here is another story from a Vincentian who helped a Fresh Start Client. This is why we keep doing what we do!

I sent in Hollys Fresh Start application on August 14, the Saturday before SVdP stopped accepting applications. She is a single mother of two, who is fighting to keep her house. She had already received a notice from the ban k that they had turned her house over to their lawyers for foreclosure. We also counseled her to go to a Certified Housing Counselor so that she could work to legally get her payment reduced as part of the Federal program to keep people in their homes. Our community is a small town and on my way home from our SVdP meeting last night, I stopped for gasoline. Holly just happened to stop to get gasoline at the next pump. She recognized me and said that she had just been informed by United Way that the mortgage payment was being made to her bank. This was on September 14. She was so happy you would have thought she won the lottery and all she kept saying was Thank You, Thank You In one month her application was submitted, processed and her home was saved. I just wanted to pass on the Thank You to all that worked so hard to make this happen.

SVDP Boston
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 services to the needy and suffering, in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. 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 Gods 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. SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT de PAUL, Serving Those In Need.

Inspired for the Future

Betsy used to work a web-based job, but when she became ill, she couldnt keep her previous obligation and was let go. She walked-in at one of SVdPs Family Support Centers. The SVdP caseworker discovered that Betsy needed assistance with many the things, the least of which was rent and food. Betsy was bi-polar and needed her medication. She hadnt been able to pay for it herself. She also was about to be evicted from her apartment due to nonpayment of rent. She owed back rent and a late fee. The SVdP caseworker collected the information she needed to screen Betsy for Earned Benefits. They discovered Betsy was eligible for assistance. The case worker also checked into getting Betsy assistance with her medical bills and prescription medication. They worked out an agreement with her landlord to accept less back rent than she actually owed, so Betsy is staying in her apartment and looking for another job. Shes back on her medication and feels inspired that she will be able to take better care of herself in the future

A Place to Call Home

For six months Joanne and her children had been living in St. Michaels House, transitional living facility sponsored by the St. Vincent de Paul conference at St. Michaels parish in Woodstock which provides housing for homeless women and their children 12 years of age and younger. Also, they offer assistance with food, clothing and other basic living needs. They pair clients with mentors who have various backgrounds and will help participants learn life-skills, to help with their life-changing journey. After working and saving, Joanne finally had enough money to move herself and her two children to their own apartment. But, she no extra funds to provide furnishings. Her caseworker obtained a new bed for her through the SVdP Sweet Dreams Bed Program, and other household furnishing through the Conference Support Center, SVdP Thrift Store and the generosity of some local members. Now Joanne and her family are living on-their-own, with renewed hope for better days to come.

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