THE SOCIETY TODAY
We are the largest Catholic lay organization serving the poor in the United States. The total national membership remains over 60,000. The scope of the Society’s operation is nationwide and provides direct aid in excess of $110,000,000.
IHM is one of more than 4400 active Conferences in the US. We have a presence in one of every five parishes and are represented in every diocese of the nation. Youth programs are in place and this portion of the membership continues to grow.
Our principal work is a one-on-one effort to deal with problems faced by those in need. It is this personalized involvement that makes our work unique, whether through home visitations or contacts with persons who are institutionalized or incarcerated.
No work of charity is foreign to us. To quote our patron, St. Vincent de Paul: “Charity is inventive to infinity.” These are just some of the services we provide for the poor and needy: Food program, emergency financial assistance, rent/utility assistance, thrift stores, employment services, burial of the indigent, prison ministry, shelters for the homeless, half-way homes, and finally Twin-ning – foreign and domestic.
The Society was founded by Frederic Ozanam in Paris, France in 1833, who chose St. Vincent DePaul as the patron and namesake. SVDP has had a presence in Indianapolis ince the early 1900’s. Our members and volunteers subscribe to the mission and ministry of the Society, answering God’s call to increase our personal spirituality and service to neighbors.
The “Client Choice” Food Programs sponsored by the Indianapolis Council have been in existence since 1999 with the opening of the Spann Avenue facility, serving a limited area of the city. The larger 30th Street Food Pantry opened in January 2007 and serves all of central Indiana.
SVDP IS NOT A MEMBER OF UNITED WAY AND RECEIVES NO GOVERNMENT FUNDING. We rely almost exclusively on individual contributions to purchase food and finance our operations. The Society has also been blessed with foundation and corporate grants in order to purchase and renovate property and acquire equipment..
The Indianapolis SVDP organization is managed and staffed by 100% volunteers.
QUALIFICATIONS: Available one day every two weeks (Monday through Saturday) – Want to help the poor – A great smile – Open minded – Patient
POSITIONS AVAILABLE: Interviewers, sackers, shopping assistants, stockers (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), pick up (trucks provided), delivery, janitorial, hospitality, social services
REWARDS: God’s blessing, a pat on the back and going home knowing you have touched someone.
Seeing the face of Christ in those we serve
CHANGING LIVES FOREVER program:
We are excited to announce that Immaculate Heart of Mary will be offering a new ministry called Changing Lives Forever. Changing Lives Forever is a 16-18 week class to help individuals living in poverty to find resources and develop a plan to improve the quality of their lives. Once participants have a plan, mentors will work with each participant for a year to help them to achieve their goals. In the process participants will also develop a support network with others in their group.
The program is based on the Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World book written by Philip E. DeVol. It has been running successfully at the SVDP food pantry in Indianapolis since 2012. In order to reach more people in need, SVDP asked that the program also be offered throughout Indianapolis. Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish has volunteered to offer a program on the north side of Indianapolis at the Martin Luther King Center on 40th Street. The program begins in September. The program is free and open to all.
Your help is needed in sharing information about the program, providing meals for participants, mentoring individuals in the program and serving on the planning committee. If you can help, please contact Diane Powers at 317-698-5679.
Drop off your bags of donations at IHM’s SVDP collection box located on the parking lot near the Gathering Space
WAREHOUSE DISTRIBUTION CENTER:
1201 E. Maryland Street
WE NEED YOUR USED FURNITURE AND WORKING MAJOR APPLIANCES FOR DISTRIBUTION TO THE NEEDY.
DONATIONS CALL 687-1006
FOR FREE PICK UP (INDIANAPOLIS AREA ONLY)
HELP LINE CALL 687-0169
(CALL ONLY MONDAY THRU FRIDAY 8:30 A.M. TO 4:30 P.M.)
CLIENT CHOICE FOOD PANTRY:
3001 East 30th Street
WE NEED YOUR TIME AND TALENT TO RESPOND TO GOD’S CALL TO FEED THE HUNGRY
OTHER RESOURCES AT Pratt-Quigley Center:
SVDP BUSINESS OFFICE 924-5775
GENNESARET MEDICAL CLINIC 921-1404
OZANAM LEGAL SERVICES 921-1407
We are the St. Vincent de Paul Society, a group of Catholic Christian Volunteers. We are the “middle-people”, receiving gifts from good and generous donors and giving them without cost to those who have need for them.