For more than a century, the St. Margaret of Scotland ministry of the St. Vincent DePaul Society has provided physical and spiritual assistance to our less fortunate neighbors within our parish boundaries.
The foundation of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is simple. We are a group of lay Catholic volunteers from all walks of life, helping those in need with the basic necessities - food, clothing, shelter, utility assistance, transportation and emotional comfort.
We follow the Vincentian model of person-to-person contact so that we know the individual needs of those we serve. No work of charity is foreign to the Society of St. Vincent DePaul so we work diligently to find new ways to meet the needs of our neighbors.
What We Do
We make home visits, run a hot line to answer calls for utility assistance, food, clothing and furniture, maintain a garden at the Gavin Outreach Center, present seminars, visit the sick, prepare meals for distribution, deliver furniture and find many other ways to assist our less fortunate neighbors. We fundraise in order to provide funds for our work. We are blessed by the unwavering support of our vibrant and talented parish.
We believe that when we look into the face of someone who is poor or in need, we see the face of Christ. We see it in the faces of little children getting a bed to sleep in, adults in need of a job or clothing or even help with the family meal.
Donations are used and distributed within our parish boundaries.
In 2011, we provided approximately $50,000 worth of basic assistance to more than 800 people in our community --utilities, housing/rental assistance, food, household items, transportation needs and medical and prescription expenses.