After Floodwaters Recede, Vincentians Stay
January 20, 2016
Last month, hundreds of St. Louisans in Valley Park, Fenton, Eureka, Arnold, St. Charles, and Jefferson and Franklin counties were suddenly forced from their homes by floods, returning to find everything—their homes, their possessions, their memories—washed away.
Thankfully, Vincentian volunteers are there—and will continue to be there—to help them rebuild.
As second responders after disasters such as floods, Vincentians help victims build new lives after the first responders’ rescue efforts. But perhaps more importantly, Vincentians offer fellowship, reassurance and the hope of Christ after the trauma of a disaster.
Most often, Vincentians provide vouchers to the Society’s thrift stores, where people in need can purchase the beds, furniture, clothing and other household goods to replace what was lost in the disaster. Shopping with dignity for the things they need is the first step as flood victims rebuild their lives.
The Society partners with a variety of community partners such as the American Red Cross of Eastern Missouri to help victims access the resources they need.
“St. Vincent de Paul is a critical partner in bringing help and hope to disaster victims,” said Cindy Erickson, CEO of the American Red Cross of Eastern Missouri. “Whether a home fire or a flood, St. Vincent de Paul helps them find a path to recovery.”
In addition, Chicago Mattress Company, which supplies mattresses to the Society’s thrift stores, made a very generous monetary gift and donated half a truckload of mattresses, which will be high in demand among those who lost their beds in the foods.
How can you help?
- Financial contributions. Your support will help neighbors impacted by the floods rebuild their lives.
- Helping your local conference. Contact your local parish's SVDP conference to ask if they are in need of volunteers or donated items.
- Prayers. More than anything, flood victims need our prayers.