Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international catholic lay organization
which offers women and men the opportunity for spiritual formation
through person-to-person service to the poor and needy.
in France in 1833 by a young college student, Frederic Ozanam,
The Society grew quickly. The Society models its service to the
poor after St. Vincent de Paul, a French priest who lived in France
in the 15th Century.
The first SVDP
conference in the United States was organized in 1845 in St. Louis.
Missouri which today is the site of the Society's National Headquarters.
Society was reorganized in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese in 1981 and
continues today with
20 parish conferences, 8 thrift stores, 5
food pantries, 2 food distribution warehouses, 2 family kitchens and a car donation
program. Twinning projects assist the needy in West Virginia and
areas of Latin America.
SOCIETY TO AGAIN TAKE PART IN THE FEINSTEIN CHALLENGE TO FIGHT HUNGER
FOR DETAILS ON HOW YOU CAN HELP CLICK ON FOOD FOR FAMILIES.
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN FUNDRAISER A GREAT SUCCESS
The Society along with the Gunter Initiative Group sponsored a dinner at Bishop McCort Catholic High School to benefit the Capital Campaign to renovate the Johnstown Family Kitchen. Over 150 people attended and over $16,000.00 was raised.
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN FOR JOHNSTOWN KITCHEN RENOVATION REACHES 70%
The Society is happy to announce that the capital campaign for the renovation of its Family Kitchen in Johnstown PA. has reached 70% of its goal. God bless and thank you to everyone who has contributed to our campaign.
The renovation to modernize the kitchen is absolutely necessary according to Executive Director Sonny Consiglio. "If we are to continue to feed the hungry in Johnstown as have been then we must update our kitchen as soon as possible and the support of the general public is vital in this project".
To assist donations can be made to the Society at 927 Franklin St. Johnstown PA 15905. Checks should be made out to SVDP Capital Campaign.
2011 ANNUAL REPORT RELEASED - The SVDP National Council has released its annual report for 2010-2011. Numbers compiled show that the Society in our diocese provided some type of assistance to over 150,000 people with $900,000.00 in financial expenditure and $350,000.00 in "In Kind' service (furniture, food, clothing, etc). Society members and volunteers provided almost 90,000 hours of service.
Including all assistance provided as well as an estimated value place on volunteer hours the Altoona-Johnstown operation provided over $3 million in services through the 2010-2011 fiscal year.
This shows how great the need is in our area. If you can help by volunteering or donating money or goods please contact your local SVDP Conference, store, kitchen or pantry. If there is no SVDP group in your area contact our diocesan office at 814-539-4627.
BISHOP MARK CELEBRATED MASS WITH THE SOCIETY SEPTEMBER 23, 2012 AT ST. FRANCIS UNIVERSITY - For more information and photos click on Events/Activities
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AMERICORP WORKER ADDED TO SVDP FOOD FOR FAMILIES TEAM - FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK ON FOOD FOR FAMILIES.