Who we are
Vincent de Paul was a 16th century priest who administered to the poor in France. He attracted the attention of others because of his love for the downtrodden. Soon others were attracted to St Vincent’s mission and he founded the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Individuals who belong to the Society are known as Vincentians.
Carrying on this work in the 21st century is what the St. Vincent de Paul Society is all about. Most Catholic churches have chapters. In cities with large Catholic numbers, the Vincentians offer services much like our Central Services. Our motto is simple – Help People.
What we do
In Hamblen County, St. Patrick’s St. Vincent De Paul Society reaches out to the entire area. More than 95% of our clients are not parishioners. St Patrick’s office staff answers all calls for help; then refers the calls to the Vincentians – four couples and three individuals – who actually make a home visit to those requiring assistance.
Through these visits, we ascertain the needs and if possible fulfill them. Our efforts are directed at their immediate needs, not ongoing sustenance. We also acquaint them with the help that is available to them through other agencies and organizations.
Cash is never an option. We provide food certificates, vouchers for utilities, rent, gas, and more, for a myriad of needs. We also offer encouragement, hope for the future, suggestions, and ideas for self-improvement.
Although we do not evangelize, our presence and concern is our way of bringing Christ to their homes.
What we accomplish
Typical yearly example of what we accomplish:
We serve 200 families
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To fund our activities we rely on donations from St Patrick parishioners. Typically these funds amount to 10-12 thousand dollars a year.
- Luis & Carmen Crespo
- Roger Playwin
- National Executive Director