In the United States, the nearly 100,000 trained members of the Society of St Vincent de Paul provided 12.5 million hours of volunteer service in 2018, helping more than 5.4 million people through visits to homes, prisons and hospitals at a value of more than $1.1 billion dollars.
The members meet in Catholic parish and district groups to tend to the concerns of those in need.
No matter how good welfare services provided by the government and other public funds may be, the work that the Society of St Vincent de Paul is called to will always be necessary.
People search for peace – peace not only from the horrors of war, but also peace of mind. The Gospels tell us again and again that true peace is possible only if we live as Christ showed us by His own life.
Our Saint Matthias Conference began in 1999 to reach out into the community of Franklin Township, New Jersey . In the past year we have interviewed over 100 clients resulting in assistance of more than 340 adults and children, typically by helping them to secure or keep housing, and to keep their utilities on. We also have advised them on other sources of help that are available to the public. Our ability to assist was all made possible by the support of generous benefactors.
Why we do what we do
“We have to state, without mincing words, that there is an inseparable bond between our faith and the poor. May we never abandon them.”Pope Francis
“I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I do know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’, rather he will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?'”St Teresa of Calcutta
“Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. No individual or nation can be great if it does not have a concern for ‘the least of these.’”Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.