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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 2019
(Fiscal Year October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018)


Dear Parishioners:

The Parish Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has focused on three areas during our 2017-2018 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 100 active, associate, and contributing members who do much of the necessary work. Members of our parish donated over 1,260 service hours to the organizational activities and charitable works of the Society during the past year.                                                                                                    


(1) EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR THOSE IN NEED –Twenty-three volunteers, known as Advocates, have provided immediate relief and counsel, in confidentiality, on a person-to-person basis. The conference has assisted close to 200 families, disbursing in excess of $50,400 for shelter, fuel, utilities, medical, auto related and other needs. In addition, 55 two-day food packs and over 40 Stop & Shop food vouchers were distributed.  Volunteers donated over 312 hours to these programs. In the last few years, several Vincentians have been trained internally or have attended Cape and Islands District Ozanam Formation classes in September.

(2) FOOD PROGRAMS - Over 130 volunteers have processed almost 3,500 items of food and personal products valued at almost $30,000 for distribution to our less fortunate neighbors. More than 600 Thanksgiving “Two Day Packs” (a value of $11,400) were distributed to those in need on the Lower Cape. A spring donation of $2,200 was provided to the “LCOC” (Lower Cape Outreach Council) Main Pantry to assist them in bulk procurement of food.

(3) ST. JOSEPH HOUSE and LOWER CAPE LUNCH (“LOCAL”) – More than 70 volunteers donated 800 hours to prepare and deliver over 500 meals yearly to St. Joseph House (formerly Noah Shelter).  In addition, support group members collaborate with other churches and synagogues volunteering at the LOCAL lunch and dinner programs.

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 St. Joseph House (formerly the NOAH Shelter), SKIP, A Baby Center, Children’s Place, Orleans Elementary School, Angel House, and LCOC’s “Santa’s Toy Stop” clients. Volunteers devoted over 40 hours.

Twinning – Our Parish Conference has provided $2,500 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 and with a domestic SVdP Conference in Attleboro.      

Housing With Love – Our Parish Conference made a contribution of $11,355 to the Cape-Wide Vincentian’s “Housing with Love” District Housing Fund to assist 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 – As a Habitat for Humanity Covenant Church, our March Harvest Sunday donations provided $5,000 for the work of Habitat in our community.

Other – We again provided manpower and logistic help for LOCAL, ST. JOSEPH HOUSE (formerly NOAH), CapeAbilities ($3,000), 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 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 this telephone number
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 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   Donald Pond
Treasurer   Tom Harper
Secretary   Jack Bellavance




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