Vincentians never forget the many blessings they receive from those they visit. They recognize that the fruit of their labor springs, not from themselves alone, but from God and from the poor whom they serve.
When someone is in need and they call the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for help, the first step is to schedule a home visit in which two trained Vincentian volunteers meet with the family and explore their needs.
The Home Visit
You never know what problems exist behind closed doors.
The “home visit” is a foundational service that enables families to receive assistance in privacy of their own home. This practice is the defining symbol of Vincentian commitment and demonstrates the utmost respect for those we serve.
SVDPLI reaches beyond the limited scope of traditional social services and into the hearts of those seeking aid by allowing people to confide their stories of struggle in the comfort of their own homes. We meet people where they are. We’ve found that embracing the humanity of both Vincentian and recipient provides the best platform for assistance and betterment.
Often times, a home visit will reveal a families true needs, which are usually much greater than their initial request. Vincentians have visited homes in which the mother or father may ask for help with utilities to keep the power on; however, during their evaluation, they might discover that the family also needs food, winter clothes for their children and a dinner table. It is out of interactions such as these that the Sweet Dreams Bed Program was formed.
The home visit enables Vincentians to further understand the circumstances surrounding a request, but also allows them to develop a relationship with the family.
“When you visit a family in their home, you find that the person you have known in a public setting may not be the same person in a private setting.” ~ Joan Delaney, VincentianNeed Assistance? Contact Us Today!