Can you imagine what a homeless child would dream about if they had to sleep in a car tonight? Would they dream of a cozy place with soft beds and fluffy blankets, where there are three good meals a day and no one goes hungry? Or would they dream of scary things that lurk in the dark just outside the windows? We know what homeless parents dream about: a better future, a safe place to stay until they can find a job, save money, and start over.
We lost a beloved member of our St. Vincent de Paul family recently, a man who was very dear to everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. Since the publication of our last Vincentian Charities newsletter, Donald J. Broussard went to his rest in heaven. Those of us who knew Don personally were fortunate indeed, but the cost of that friendship is the grief we feel at his passing. There is no way to measure the depth of our loss or the impact of his absence. (Click here to continue reading)
As I began writing this article, the official announcement had just been made regarding the appointment of Bishop Michael Duca as the sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. We welcome our new Bishop and are excited about working with him in the future. He will be following in the footsteps of some of the most dedicated and devout men I have ever known. In my time at St. Vincent de Paul, our Bishops have been Bishop Stanley J. Ott, followed by Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes, and then Bishop Robert W. Muench. What a blessing it’s been to have known these men personally. (Click here to continue reading)
There is one major contributor that has been a part of the WAFBChannel 9 and St. Vincent de Paul Uniforms for Kids effort since its inception 21 years ago: the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair Foundation. Because of the leadership of J. H. Martin, Chairman; Doug Gonzales, Secretary; Warren Wilson; Greg Edwards; Stan Prutz; and Cliff Barton, Baton Rouge State Fair Chairman, our uniform effort benefits from the support of the Foundation every year. (Click here to continue reading)
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Greater Baton Rouge received the 2018 Capital Area United Way's Community Impact Award! We would like to thank United Way for everything that they do for our community. United Way means the world to those we are so fortunate to serve. Together our work means the world to those we are so fortunate to serve.
Once again, our local Sunrise Rotary Club continued their tradition of excellence in support of our Uniforms for Kids effort. This year’s barbecue took place on June 7th, as leaders from this special Rotary Club gathered to put on another fantastic event.
As always, their recipe for success contains a lot of critical ingredients. One of those ingredients is financial support, and we thank Jay Jolly and Republic Finance for their continued generosity. (Click here to continue reading)
Our vision of additional space for families at our Bishop Ott Sweet Dreams Shelter has finally become a reality. Our newly expanded shelter opened this spring and is making a difference by providing shelter to homeless families who have nowhere else to turn. We are now able to help more mothers and children and have also been able to help single-parent fathers with children. This expanded facility and more comprehensive services were made possible by the generosity of so many in our community. (Click here to continue reading)
So many school children need your help! For low-income families, the top priorities are food and housing, and too often, there's nothing left to spend on school uniforms. Education is the key that can open the door to a new way of life, and the two uniforms we give to each needy cost only $24.00 - a small price to pay for a child's self-esteem. With your support they can go to school properly dressed, without fear of ridicule or embarrassment. (Click here to continue reading)
The Sunrise Rotary Club of Baton Rouge held its annual fundraiser Beer, Bands & BBQ on June 7 at the LSU Rural Life Museum. This is the Rotary’s fundraiser, which raises thousands of dollars each year for the purchase of new school uniforms for children in East Baton Rouge Parish through the Uniforms for Kids program sponsored by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. A silent auction was also held, with items provided by Sunrise Rotarians.
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In case you missed this great story, St. Vincent de Paul will expand once again. We received a $1 million CDBG grant through the City of Baton Rouge. Keep this project and all our work in your prayers! Thank you for all your support!
The great crew from Catholic Life TV has put together a terrific new season of Beacons of Light! This season will highlight the great work of our volunteers, and Father Michael Alello will inspire us with a special spiritual message that captures our Vincentian Charism.
Beacons of Light is a television series produced by Catholic Life Television... (Click here to continue reading)
At St. Vincent de Paul, we count our blessings for you and your support! Whether through prayer, volunteerism, or financial contributions, your support means so much to us and the people we serve. Your support makes the daily miracle of food, clothing, shelter, and medicine a reality for those in need! (Click here to watch the video)
During Holy Week, as we commemorate His last days on earth, people throughout the world are searching for Christ. At St. Vincent de Paul, we see His face every day in those we are blessed to serve.
Two thousand years ago, He told us to love and care for one another, and that’s more important today than ever before. Jesus was speaking across the ages to you and me when He said, “I assure you, as often as you did it for one of my least brothers, you did it for me.” (Click here to continue reading)
The Baton Rouge Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be featured on “Our Faith in Action: Today’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul” Sunday, April 15 at 5:30 a.m. CDT and Saturday, April 21 at 5:00 p.m. CDT on EWTN. The show follows SVdP members on their spiritual growth journey through service to people and... (Click here to continue reading)
Help support the Fill a Prescription For the Needy drive by stopping by the Baton Rouge Clinic on Monday, March 5th and March 19th, to purchase a jambalaya lunch for only $8.00!
Meals include jambalaya, salad, bread, and dessert! Call us at (225) 383-7837 to pre-order. (Click here to continue reading)
It was a special blessing for St. Vincent de Paul to be there for so many needy people this past Christmas. We saw a large number of requests for the services we provide, and it was such a privilege to be able to provide the simple gifts of food, clothing, shelter and medicine. We all think of giving at Christmas, but the season of Lent is a time for more than inward reflection and soul-searching. It’s also a good time to look outside ourselves for ways to help others. (Click here to continue reading)
Our St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy provides a solution for low-income individuals who cannot keep pace with the rising cost of prescription medicine. We are seeing more people who are breaking tablets in half and skipping doses of life-sustaining medicines in a desperate attempt to make ends meet. (Click here to continue reading)
Beginning of your Lenten Journey
There is no better time than the Lenten Season to think about the direction of our lives, our relationship with God, and our interaction with those around us. During this time of reflection and sacrifice, we strive to put aside materialism and envy, counting our blessings for... (Click here to continue reading)
We invite you and your loved ones to the 23rd Annual Count Your Blessings Supper at Our Lady of Mercy’s Activity Center on Friday, March 2nd, at 7:00 p.m. This Lenten tradition is a wonderful opportunity for us to get together and count our blessings.
Chef John Folse and Bishop Robert Muench will be there to serve you and your family a delicious soup – and in the Lenten tradition – (Click here to continue reading)
On January 29th, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced that $1 million in disaster recovery funds will be dedicated to a new Day and Disaster/Emergency Shelter facility. The new 3,500 square foot building will be constructed on the St. Vincent de Paul Campus. It will be utilized as a day and disaster/emergency shelter and will increase the number of individuals and families served by providing 36 additional bed accommodations. (Click here to continue)