St. Vincent DePaul Society (Helping the Poor in our Community)
Offers the hospitality of Jesus by caring for the homeless and the hungry. September through June, members meet monthly at 10:30am on the first Monday of the month (excluding holidays).
Outreach efforts include emergency financial assistance with housing, fuel, medication and food. We also participate in Carroll County Food Sunday and the Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen. All services are funded almost entirely through Parish Poor Box donations. Volunteers meet person-to-person with the needy, five days a week, at their Office in the St. John Parish Center. St. Vincent de Paul Office hours are: Monday 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. & Tuesday-Friday 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Adopt-a-Family Christmas Outreach – The St. Vincent de Paul Office coordinates the Adopt-a-Family Program, through partnership with The Salvation Army, to provide Christmas gifts for individuals and families in the community who would otherwise not have a “Christmas experience.” For three weeks, beginning in mid-September, the Salvation Army takes applications from families in the community who are in need of help at Christmas. They provide a list of applicants to various churches and organizations in our community to buy gifts, etc. At St. John, our Parishioners may “adopt a family” or take a tag from the Giving Tree, which is located in the Narthex of the Church, beginning the second weekend in November and running through the weekend after Thanksgiving. Tags have the client’s name and requests for food, clothing or toys. The gifts are returned to the Church during Masses on the first weekend in December. SVdP volunteers distribute the gifts to the families at The Portico during the first week of December. For more information, please call the SVdP office.
Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen – An ecumenical endeavor to feed the hungry. St. John Parish is responsible for food, its preparation and service every Wednesday. The kitchen is open Wednesdays from 12:00 – 12:45 p.m. at the Ascension Episcopal Church on Court Street in Westminster. Volunteers are needed 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Contact: Myrna Stuart