St. Vincent de Paul
AN ANNUAL REPORT TO THE PARISH AND BENEFACTORS
RESURRECTION OF THE LORD CONFERENCE
SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
Sheila Kiolbassa, President
|Gaylon Lamont||Norah Garcia|
Mariana Soria, Vice President
|Richard Zule||Teresa Zule|
Blanche Brieno, Secretary
|Bertha Mullins||Janie Castillo|
Mary Armstrong, Treasurer
|Alicia Lucio||Sarah Hernandez|
Gloria Ramirez, Ass't Treasurer
Frank Kiolbassa, Spiritual Advisor
The Resurrection of the Lord has been in existence since the spring of 1982. Over these years food has been provided to those in poverty within our parish boundary. We also offer clothing and other assistance for rental, transportation and utilities when money is available. When our situation is in need, the Holy Spirit comes to our aid with volunteers and resources. Presently we provide services on Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 9:00 to 11:00 am. We however always respond to people in need when we get the call from our Pastor seeking our intervention. Also we have developed digital technology for administrative activities.
We also recycle our cardboard and materials that we cannot give out. Our central Council and Goodwill then provide vouchers which we can use to purchase household items or clothes.
We meet twice a month to pray and reflect, share information, and make collaborative decisions. On Wednesday at 9:00am we participate in Mass or Communion Service. Anyone is welcome to attend.
Our Current Services
- Once a Month Food Distribution
- Once a month Clothing Allocation
- Weekly Bread Distribution – Wednesday (Bi-weekly service)
- Visitations – In home or office visits to listen to our brothers and sisters needs and respond with the resource available
- Honoring Mothers – During May we give a gift to each mother and have a prize drawing at the end of May.
- Thanksgiving Food Basket – Provide turkey and all the trimmings for as many families as possible
- Mini Food Fair – Periodic event distributing 10-13,000 lbs. of food from Food Bank
- Clothing Assistance – Bexar County Transition Center on Military Drive
- Sweets and “Goodies” – Adult Day Care Center on Marbach Road
- Support John Jay JROTC Program – Teach poverty awareness to students and support annual food drive.
- Develop holiness for members and those we serve
- Build a community among members
- Seek justice and charity for those in poverty
“Create Pathways out of Poverty” through Systemic change
WE INVITE ANYONE TO COME A SHARE IN THE CORE VALUES AND VISION! Contact any member if you are interested.
THE PAST YEAR – OCT. 2012-SEPT.2013
- Almost doubled the number of persons served
- Provided visits and services to 23,549 people (One time or multiple times)
- Vincentian members contributed 5,854 hours of service and traveled 17, 357 miles
- Provided 16,168 people with food assistance
- Provided 2,233 people with clothing assistance
- Provide rental, furniture, transportation and utility assistance to 114 people and their families
- Gave out 85 Thanksgiving Food Baskets
- Distributed 130 fans to senior citizens
- Distributed 126 school pack packs with essential school supplies
- Purchased 120,774 pounds of food from SA Food Bank at a cost of $5, 053.We shopped wisely.
- Income was $20,283 plus a starting balance of $1470. $11,942 came from Vincentian members, $2,168 from the parish, and $6,142 from other donors
- Expenses were $20,525. $11,943 for direct services and the balance for operating costs
National Council's Mission Statement
"Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Frederic Ozanam, and patron, Vincent de Paul. As a reflection of the whole family of God, members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule. Organized locally, Vincentians witness God's love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served, because in them Vincentians see the face of Christ."
HOW WE ARE GOVERNED
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international lay Catholic organization located in 147 countries with headquarters in Paris, France. The Society operates under a Rule originally developed by St. Vincent de Paul in the 1500’s and has since been modified to meet current needs. The central elements of the Society are the spiritual development of its members, forming community, and charitable works. Prayer and spiritual exercises in a community setting form the base to motivate members to carryout works of charity and justice.
The Society in the United States is centered in St. Louis where the original Conference was formed. All Society activities are led and governed by a nationally elected President and Board of Directors. The Society is further organized on a Diocese level, some 125 to date. Each diocese carries out the national programs. In all these Dioceses parish based Conferences are formed and clustered together in a District Council for mutual support, prayer, training and sharing.
The Society in the Archdiocese of San Antonio is the third oldest in the U.S., established in 1871. Presently 74 Conferences and 10 District Councils operate in the 16 counties of the Archdiocese.
THANK YOU!-YOUR PRAYERS, FINANCIAL SUPPORT, AND DONATIONS ALLOWS OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS TO RECEIVE MUCH NEEDED HELP.....