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.
Annual Report - January 2022
(Fiscal Year October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021)
While some of our ministry efforts have been curtailed due
to COVID-19, most of our outreach has continued.
Thank you for your continued support
The Parish Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has focused on two areas during our 2021 Fiscal Year: Emergency Assistance and Food Programs.
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. The officers also wish to express their gratitude to the more than 44 active, associate, and contributing members who do much of the necessary work. Members of our parish donated over 474 service hours to the organizational activities and charitable works of the Society during the past year.
(1) EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED – About twenty-five volunteers, known as Advocates, have provided immediate relief and counsel, in confidentiality, on a person-to-person basis. The conference has assisted close to 150 families, disbursing in excess of $44,049 for shelter, fuel, utilities, medical, auto related and other needs. In addition, 12 two-day food packs and 19 Stop & Shop food cards were distributed. Volunteers donated over 127 hours to these programs. In the last few years, several Vincentians have been trained internally or have attended the Cape and Islands Introduction to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul classes in the spring.
(2) FOOD PROGRAMS – For Thanksgiving 353 Stop and Shop Gift cards, valued at $8,825, were donated for distribution to our neighbors. This donation was in lieu of our normal food packing and distribution project in view of the Covid pandemic. A spring donation of $1,000 was provided to the “LCOC” (Lower Cape Outreach Council) Main Pantry to assist them in bulk procurement of food.
(3) ST. JOSEPH HOUSE – In September we were able to resume food deliveries to St. Joseph House which has traditionally been our third area of focus Christmas Giving Tree – A total of 234 gifts were provided in our community including 51 gifts for children in families who have been assisted by SVdP in the past year. Additionally, gifts were provided to the Baby Center, Children’s Place, Orleans Elementary School, and Angel House. Volunteers devoted about 90 hours.
Twinning – Our Parish Conference has provided $6,600 in assistance to Vincentian Conferences, foreign and domestic, that lack resources. Your generosity allows our Parish Conference to "twin" with a foreign SVdP Conference in Colombia, the SVdP Conference of our sister parish in Kenya, and with a domestic SVdP Conference in Attleboro.
Housing With Love – Our Parish Conference was happy to contribute $7,989 to the District Housing with Love effort. This contribution was directly due to the generosity of our parish family in a special collection for the purpose.
Recovery at Canal House (CDP-COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP) We provided support for appropriate housing for working individuals in recovery from substance abuse, in addition to a $1,000 cash contribution.
Habitat for Humanity – Our March Harvest Sunday donations provided $2,139 for the work of Habitat in our community.
Other – We also provided manpower and logistic help and/or financial support for St. Joseph House, CapeAbilities ($2,500), Cape Cod Children’s Place ($4,000), and Food 4 Kids - a summer food program for eligible children in our communities ($1,000).
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 seventh year of our participation in the SVdP Car Donation Program. This year no cars were donated to benefit our Conference. Flyers are available at all of the doors to the Church. Call 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 Bill.
Thank you for helping us to help others.
The St. Joan of Arc Parish Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
President - Al Alfano
Vice President - Bermie Cropsey
Treasurer - Tom Harper
Secretary - Carmella Alfano