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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 2021

(Fiscal Year October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020)

 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


Dear Parishioners:

The Parish Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has focused on three areas during our 2020 Fiscal Year: Emergency Assistance, Food Programs, and St. Joseph House.

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 120 active, associate, and contributing members who do much of the necessary work. Members of our parish donated over 1,091 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 thirty 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 $40,926 for shelter, fuel, utilities, medical, auto related and other needs. In addition, 34 two-day food packs and 28 Stop & Shop food cards were distributed.  Volunteers donated over 220 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 – Over 75 volunteers have processed almost 10,000 items of food and personal products valued at almost $10,586 for distribution to our neighbors. This includes 580 Thanksgiving “Two Day Packs” distributed to those in need on the Lower Cape. 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 – More than 70 volunteers donated 400 hours to prepare and deliver over 360 meals yearly to St. Joseph House in Hyannis. 


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. In addition, useful gifts were provided to clients St. Joseph House, A Baby Center, Children’s Place, Orleans Elementary School, and Angel House. Volunteers devoted over 40 hours.

Twinning – Our Parish Conference has provided $4,200 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 – Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, our Parish Conference was unable to participate in the Cape-Wide District “Housing with Love” Fundraiser that assists with client housing needs.

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 $1,672 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), Food 4 Kids (a summer food program for eligible children in our communities) ($1,000), and the Disaster Services Corporation ($1,000) for help to hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico).

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 sixth 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




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