LOOKING FOR HELP?
If you, or someone you know is in need of emergency financial aid or food, please call the St. Julia Parish office at 781.899.2611 x 4 or email here. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) serves neighbors who live, work or go to school in Lincoln or Weston, regardless of their religious affiliation.
We are here for you and want to help.
WHO WE ARE
We are members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP), St. Joseph Conference. We 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.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Joseph Conference, is a Catholic non-profit organization serving those in our midst, who are in need of food or emergency assistance, or who are seeking guidance about availability of other resources.
We believe in putting compassion into action and working on systemic change; we offer person-to-person service to our clients, regardless of their religious affiliation or background. We collaborate with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes. Our food pantry is central to reaching the goal that nobody in our community should face hunger or food insecurity.
The essential elements of the Society are spirituality, friendship, and service. We aspire to live the gospel message and to grow spiritually by serving Christ in our neighbors in need with love, respect, hope, and joy, and by working to shape a more just and compassionate society.
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The food pantry is located behind St. Joseph Church at 142 Lincoln Rd, Lincoln MA. Our clients can choose from a large variety of non-perishable items, paper goods, bakery items, as well as refrigerated and frozen foods. In addition we provide lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. The Food Pantry is open twice a month. In April 2020 103 households, 230 clients were registered at the pantry and had used the pantry within the last few months. We give out approximately 7,000 pounds of food every month. Even though most of the food comes from the Greater Boston Food Bank, we are very grateful for the much-needed donations we receive from parishioners of our parish, including the children at the 9 AM Mass, and members of the Weston and Lincoln communities. Donelan’s in Lincoln donates bread and bakery items, and First Parish in Lincoln, the Food Project and Land’s Sake donate vegetables to us.
Emergency Financial Help
We give emergency financial help to client families and individuals. Financial support is usually targeted to cover rent or utility payments, heating oil, car insurance and repairs, or medications. We visit clients at their home, make personal connections, offer support, gather information, and work with them to determine how we can help stabilize and improve their situation. We also provide referrals to other agencies as needed.
• Thanksgiving: We provide client families all the ingredients necessary for cooking a complete Thanksgiving meal.
• Christmas: Our clients may receive grocery store gift cards so they can prepare a festive meal of their choice. Gift cards are especially appreciated by our clients.
• Christmas Giving: Thanks to the incredible generosity of our parishioners, the children of our client families may receive Christmas gifts and gift cards. In 2019, we gave clients over 150 gifts with an estimated value of $5,900.
Education Scholarships and School Supplies
Our conference is very fortunate in receiving the ongoing support of the Ogden Codman Trust for financial emergency assistance. In 2019, we received a grant for educational costs, which include support for adults for further education and job training, scholarships and books. For children in grades K-12, parents have received gift cards to help purchase school supplies prior to the start of the school year.
LOOKING TO GET INVOLVED?
SVdP is a team made up of 13 conference members and over 40 community volunteers. We are always looking for new members who have a passion for serving others and like being part of a hands-on team. If you are interested in learning about volunteer opportunities, please call the St. Julia Parish office at 781.899.2611 x 4 or email here.
Donate to the Pantry
All non-perishable food items are gratefully accepted. We often need cereals, pasta sauce, and Progresso Soup. Toiletries, paper goods and cleaning supplies are also always needed.
• St. Julia Church, Weston: Donations can be left at the doors of the Parish Center between 9 AM – 12 PM daily.
• St. Joseph Church, Lincoln: Donations can be can be left on the back porch of the old rectory right behind St. Joseph Church, 142 Lincoln Rd. Lincoln, MA
• Donelan’s, Lincoln: If you just bought items there to donate, you can deposit them directly into the SVDP collection barrel near the registers.
Make a Monetary Donation
SVdP relies heavily on our communities’ generous donations. Donations are tax-deductible and go directly to serving our neighbors in need. Your monetary donation is tax-deductible (EIN # is 900637051).
Note: Please make checks payable to St. Vincent de Paul, not St. Julia Parish.
Your gift can be submitted in three ways:
(1) By mail to: SVdP, PO Box 324, Lincoln MA 01773.
(2) Drop into the church box: at the back of our churches, boxes labelled ‘SVdP Donations’.
(3) Electronic payment online: Click on the “Online Giving” tab at the top of the website menu bar, or here.
It is because of your generosity that SVdP is able to do this essential work of serving our neighbors in need. Thank you!
MEMBERS OF OUR CONFERENCE
Ursula Nowak, President, joined 2006
Tomasina Lucchese, Vice President and Secretary, joined 2018
Gabriela Rigobon, Treasurer and Visitor Vice-Chair, joined 2011
Karen Boyce, Pantry Chair, joined 2017
Chris Brandt, Visitor Chair, joined 2007
Colm McGarry, Spiritual Advisor, joined 2018
Larry Buell, joined 2019
Nancy Cronin, previous long-term Pantry Chair, joined 2008
Bob Lewis, joined 2014
Helen Lewis, joined 2015
Eleanor Igoe, joined 2011
Gerry McGovern, joined 2018
Jane Thomas, Founding Member, 2003
OUR LEAD SPONSORS
We are grateful for the support of the following individuals and organizations:
Rev. Father A. Mark Mahoney, Pastor
Parishioners of St. Julia Parish
Ogden Codman Trust
First Parish of Lincoln
St. Anne’s in the Fields, Lincoln
The Greater Boston Food Bank
The Foundation for MetroWest
Land’s Sake, Weston
The Food Project, Lincoln
Hope and Comfort
Chris Knollmeyer, Knollmeyer Building Corporation and Greylock Roofing
Gallery of Photos (Above top to bottom):
SVdP teams up with local farms; SVdP fundraiser walk; inside SVDP’s new pantry and food donations; Thanksgiving donations and faith formation volunteers; a high school student volunteer during our local food drive; the food pantry building; blessing/unveiling of the 2018 new pantry with Ursula Nowak, Karen Boyce and pastor Fr. Mark Mahoney.