Service - Helping Neighbors in Need Print

Our members deal directly with individuals in need. Our primary ministry is food assistance.  In emergencies and when funds are available, we also help to prevent neighbors' utility cut-off or eviction.  Monthly, we visit Haven for Hope.  Also, we monitor faculty and student Vincentians from the University of the Incarnate Word.  Active Members serve as a conference advisory board, making decision in light of the Rule and Manual of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  Associative Members help active members staff our ministries.  Contributing Members determine by their contributions the scope of our ministries.

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 Food Ministry:  Our SVDP Food Pantry distributes nourishing bags of food, but more importantly,  volunteers offer a warm and respectful welcoming to those who come to the SVDP Window.  You might like to become one of these volunteers --  listening compassionately and using all the tools on hand for referring our Brothers and Sisters in Christ to additional sources of aid.  Also,  Volunteers order from and report to the San Antonio Food Bank,  oversee delivery and stocking of supplies, pick up food donations from  local vendors, and purchase items locally when the Food Bank supplies are not available.  Additionally, Volunteers direct periodic food drives from St. Peter's School and from the University of the Incarnate Word.  A special Bread Ministry picks up donated breads and desserts from a local HEB store at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday mornings.

Haven for Hope Ministry:  We have two branches to our Haven for Hope Ministry -- parish volunteers and UIW student/staff volunteers

(1) Parishioners leave from the parish parking lot at 4:15 the fourth Friday of each month for Haven for Hope  where we serve dinner to homeless persons at St. Vinny's Bistro.  For more information, please call 829-2494 and leave a message for Kathleen Foreman. 

(2) Students and staff of the University of the Incarnate Word leave the UIW campus at 6 a.m. the second and fourth Fridays of each month  to serve breakfast at Haven for Hope's St. Vinny's Bistro.    For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Mcguire: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

This SVDP endeavor has its roots in food ministries undertaken by St. Peter's SVDP since the 1950's.  Formerly known as the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room,  St. Vinny's is located at Haven for Hope, near the SVDP Council offices that reside at Haven for Hope -- an extensive  campus that also helps able homeless people to transition into trained job-holders.

Emergency Assistance:  In emergencies and when funds are available, we help to prevent neighbors' utility cut-off or eviction.    This ministry needs Active Members to work with our SVDP president on Saturday mornings and  help as needs arise during the week.  We also need Contributing Members who are willing to be called on when these emergencies arise.    If you are interested in helping on Saturdays, or are willing to be called when emergency funds are  needed, please contact SVDP President, Maria Leslie by leaving a message at the SVDP Office: 829-4779.