A bowl of food makes all the difference to someone who hasn't eaten in days. Together with the kindness with which it's given, it can turn despair into hope.
What will you do to celebrate Easter this year?
The Holy Father has repeatedly spoken of the need for evangelisation – calling on Catholics across the globe to play their part in helping others find their way to God. And there couldn’t be a better time than Easter, when we celebrate our rebirth and the promise of salvation through our Lord’s sacrifice.
But as Vincentians, we believe that actions speak lounder than words. Our society was formed when young Frederic Ozanam’s religious beliefs were challenged by his peers at university. “Show us your good works,” they said, “and then we might believe.”
Ozanam decided, “We must do what Jesus did. Let us go to the poor and help them.” Since then, Vincentians have ‘lived’ their Christianity by striving to alleviate human suffering and despair.
And now, as Easter approaches, we’re challenging you to do the same.
Reach out to someone less fortunate. Give them some food and clothing … pay a poor child’s school fees … help someone find a job or a place to stay … drop a few coins into a beggars hand.
And if you can’t find someone to help, please make a donation to SSVP online now – and we’ll make sure it is wisely used to bring relief to someone in true and desperate need.
Thank you – and may you have a blessed Easter.
Our core work involves alleviating the worst human suffering in areas of abject poverty – where families live in homes made of cardboard or thin plastic … where unemployment and malnutrition is rife … and where parents are dying and leaving children to care for one another.
We help the hungry, the homeless, the sick, vulnerable children and destitute aged.
And because most of the work is done by volunteers, almost every cent you donate goes directly to helping those in need.
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YEARS OF HISTORY
Why we do this work
I have always felt that I was not doing enough to show God how thankful I am for all that He has done and keeps on doing for me. Joining SSVP enabled me to practice the same love that Jesus’ life on earth radiated, an unconditional love that is given freely without expecting any rewards.
I grew up with SSVP in my home – my parents have been members for more than 20 years. After losing a loved one, I joined SSVP to recover from my loss by helping others who have experienced the same. My heart holds a special place for children in need.
I didn’t choose to join SSVP – the holy spirit led me to it. The work of the society echoes my favourite quote of St Vincent’s: “Let us love God, but let it be with the strength of our arms and the sweat of our brow.”
Poverty provides a deeper motivation for understanding your neighbours, welcoming others and attending to those who are suffering. I would say go so far as to say that poverty helps you understand what happiness is, what serenity is in life.” Frédéric Ozanam