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St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent DePaul, a French priest, began his charitable works in hospitals for the poor, guided orphans & delinquents, provided shelter for the needy, and led prison reforms in France starting in 1617. The society that bears his name is a worldwide Catholic lay organization of men and women of all ages.  It was founded in 1833 by a French college student, Frederic Ozanam, to help alleviate social problems.

The following report of the St. Joan of Arc Conference of St. Vincent de Paul outlines the ministries and projects of our conference. If you would like to serve in one of the ministries or work on a project please call the HELPLINE 508-255-8080.


HELPLINE 508-255-8080

Society of St. Vincent de Paul
St. Joan of Arc Parish Conference

61 Canal Road
Orleans, MA 02653

The St. Joan of Arc Parish Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul


Annual Report - January 2015

(Fiscal Year October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014)

 Dear Parishioners:

The Parish Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has focused on three areas during our 2013-2014 year: Emergency Assistance, Food Programs, the NOAH Shelter, and the Soup Kitchen in Provincetown (SKIP).

The board members of our Conference wish to express their gratitude for the tremendous cooperation and generosity demonstrated by the parishioners of St. Joan of Arc Church, without which our efforts would have been fruitless. The officers also wish to express their gratitude to the more than 370 active, associate, and contributing members who do much of the necessary work. Members of our parish donated over 1,700 service hours to the organizational activities and charitable works of the Society during the past year.


(1)  EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR THOSE IN NEED Over 20 Volunteers have provided immediate relief and counsel, in confidentiality, on a person-to-person basis. The conference has assisted more than 156 families, disbursing in excess of $65,000 for clothing, shelter, fuel, utility expenses, medical needs, and over 100 two-day food packs and 25 Stop & Shop Food Vouchers. Volunteers donated over 300 hours to these programs. In the last few years, several Vincentians have been trained internally or have attended Ozanam Formation classes in September.

(2)  FOOD PROGRAMS Over 75 volunteers have processed over 22,000 items of food and personal products valued at almost $30,000 for distribution to our less fortunate neighbors. A total of 670 Thanksgiving “Two Day Packs” were distributed. A spring bulk delivery of 109 cases of canned food items worth over $2,700, were provided to the “LCOC” (Lower Cape Outreach Council) Main Pantry.

(3)  NOAH SHELTER P’TOWN SOUP KITCHEN (“SKIP”) LOWER CAPE LUNCH (“LOCAL”) More than 100 volunteers donated over 1200 hours to prepare and deliver over 720 meals to the Hyannis NOAH shelter for the homeless serving seventy clients and over 486 mid-day meals to “SKIP” which serves about more than 80 individuals. Support group members also collaborate with other churches in volunteering at the “LOCAL” lunch program.

Christmas Giving Tree Over 350 gifts were provided in our community for children in families who have been assisted by SVdP in the past year, and for the NOAH Shelter, SKIP, A Baby Center, Children’s Place, Orleans Elementary School and LCOC’s “Santa’s Toy Stop” clients. Volunteers devoted over 40 hour

Twinning Our Parish Conference has provided $3,400 in assistance to Vincentian Conferences, foreign and domestic, that lack resources. Your generosity allows our Parish Conference to "twin" with two foreign SVdP Parish Conferences in Columbia and Kenya and with our diocesan twin, St. Vincent dePaul Parish in Attleboro.

Housing With Love Walk Our Parish Conference made a contribution of over $11,173 to the Cape-Wide Vincentian’s “Housing With Love Walk” District Housing Fund to assist with client housing needs.

Recovery at Canal House We provided support for appropriate housing for working individuals in recovery from substance abuse.

Habitat for Humanity As a Habitat for Humanity Covenant Church, our March Harvest Sunday donations provided over $3,814 for the work of Habitat in our community.

Other We again provided support for the LOCAL, SKIP, NOAH, CapeAbilities, Cape Cod Children’s Place, A Woman’s Concern, and Homeless Prevention Council.

If you need assistance, please call our HELPLINE 508-255-8080.

If you would like to help us, please call our HELPLINE, leave your name and telephone number and we will contact you. New volunteers are always needed and welcome.

This was the second year of our participation in the SVdP Car Donation Program. Flyers are available at all of the doors to the Church. The telephone number is 1-800-322-8284. Or, go to www.svdpusacars.com.

Our funds have been provided through generous donations from you, our parishioners, on Harvest Sundays, Holy Days of Obligation, and through the poor boxes in conjunction with the generosity of Father John.


Thank you for helping us to help others.


The St. Joan of Arc Parish Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul


President   Carmella Alfano
Vice President   Joe Moran
Treasurer   Charlie Wolff
Secretary   Jack Bellavance


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