Members of SVDP are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to neighbors in need. We are part of a worldwide Catholic lay organization whose mission is to end poverty through systemic change. Our activities in our parish focus on two areas:
The pantry is located at St. Joseph church and is open once a month. Our clients receive bags that contain nonperishable foods donated from three sources: parishioner food and monetary donations, donations from other church groups, and about 50% of food comes from the GBFB (Greater Boston Food Bank). Many SVDP volunteers work behind the scenes to ensure that the pantry runs smoothly and meets the needs of its clients. Some provide home deliveries for clients who are disabled or don’t have transportation. Non-perishable food items are gratefully accepted. Please be sure that expiration dates are still good on all donated food. Toiletries, paper goods and cleaning supplies are also always needed.
We support families and individuals in emergency situations. We make a personal connection, offer support, gather information, and provide referrals to other agencies. Financial support is usually targeted to meet rent or utility payments, heating oil, car repairs, or medications; a sub-committee of members makes decisions on financial assistance.
Meetings: SVDP meets about eight times each year, from 1-2:30 PM, at St. Joseph Church. Subcommittees meet more frequently, as needed.
Challenges and Chief Needs? New members are needed to visit, work with, and help clients. Monetary donations enable SVDP to continue its work, and can always be given through the “Poor Boxes” in our churches. Donations to the food pantry are needed each month. These can be left in the boxes in each church and our parish center. Email Ursula Nowak for information on volunteer opportunities.
Looking for help? Call the parish at 781-899-2611 to get connected to the services of the St. Vincent de Paul society.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVDP) assists neighbors in our towns who are in need of emergency assistance or advice about resources, regardless of religious affiliation.
Donations from parishioners have enabled the St. Joseph Conference of the SVDP Society to provide emergency help with rent, telephone and electricity payments, pharmacy and dental bills, automobile insurance and car repairs, clothing and food vouchers, and help with tuition for summer camp and after school programs. Non-perishable food, toiletries and cleaning supplies are collected and distributed on the last Wednesday of each month from the food pantry at St. Joseph Church in Lincoln.
If you, or someone you know, would like to request assistance from the SVDP, please call the St. Julia rectory at 781.899.2611.
Thank you to all who attended our Food Pantry Blessing this fall, to those who contributed so generously, and to all those who worked tirelessly to help raise funds and assist with the renovation! Thanks to you, we are better able to serve all of our clients in their time of need.