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February 2017

Can you imagine living in a house on the largest hill overlooking Laguna Beach, California and waking up to the sounds of the ocean? How about loving your fast-paced job and enjoying the perks of your hard work over the years, while helping others? Scott Strack did just that until he ended up in the middle of a five-car pileup on the freeway.  He walked away from the wreck but, when he woke up two months later, he was paralyzed from the waist down.

That was 10 years ago. He has since sold everything he owns in California, undergone...

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January 2017 

Dale never asked for anything, including help after a series of car accidents. But she mentioned her pain after Mass one day and a parishioner directed her to the pharmacy program at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Because of your generosity, that debilitating pain she feels from cervical injuries she’s received from two car accidents is now manageable, both physically and financially. “On a level from 1-10, my pain is a constant 4 or 5 with my fingers. They never stop hurting. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have medication...

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December 2016

Recently, we received this thank you note from an older woman who was helped by Vincentian volunteers at St. Richard in Creve Coeur.

Her car failed state inspections preventing her from renewing her license plates. Without a car, she was dependent on others for transportation. Vincentian volunteers helped her with the cost of the car repairs she needed to pass inspection and enabled her to drive her car again. 

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December 2016

Charlotte and her husband, Ed, had lost hope.They are both amputees from separate accidents earlier in their lives, and they both had worked hard to earn enough money to buy a home and they were proud that they had never asked for help.

But this past June, after a huge rainfall caused some unexpected house repairs, Charlotte felt like their family was heading down a financial spiral and had nowhere to turn for help. They fell behind in their mortgage payments and were on the verge of foreclosure. Ed wrote an emotional three-page letter,...

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November 2016

When Virginia reached out to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the electricity had been turned off in her home. She was starting a new job the next week and the young mother said she needed a little help to get over the hump.

But when our Vincentian visited Virginia, the volunteer noticed Virginia had no furniture in her home, even though she’d lived there for three months. The children were sleeping on pallets and their clothes were in garbage bags.

Because of your commitment to help our neighbors in need, you provided Virginia the...

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October 2016 

Natalie is a hardworking mother who is dedicated to helping her children succeed. After experiencing tough times in her life, she earned her GED and found a job as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Striving to provide more for her children, Natalie decided to pursue certification to be an EKG Technician and Phlebotomist. She was proud of the life she was able to provide for her children.

However, when Natalie found out she needed to have a surgery to remove a growth on her cervix and would have to miss two months of work she was unsure if...

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September 2016 

We received a handwritten note this month from a neighbor who had worked for the post office for 20 years. She left to start her own business and put her heart, soul and retirement money into making it work. Her business failed and now, as one who had never asked for help, Rhonda needed your help. Below is a note from her to you:

In the past, you have helped me with an electric bill. I just wanted to thank you for your help. It was greatly appreciated. Nancy and Carol (Vincentians) came by and visited with me and were so kind,...

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August 2016

Back in 1937, Nancy was just a year old. She was the fifth of sixth children. Her father worked for the railroad and her mother raised their children. That year, her father died of cancer at age 42. There was no social security or railroad pension then, and Nancy’s mother had to find help quickly to keep food on the table. She reached out to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul at St. Luke’s parish in Richmond Heights. Nancy says they never went hungry and always had clothes to wear, and she is sure it’s because of the help from the Society of St. Vincent...

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July 2016

Chelsea is a single mother who works as a restaurant in rural St. Genevieve County. She and her seven-year-old daughter live six miles down a gravel road from the main road. When Chelsea’s car broke down, she couldn’t take her daughter to school, go to the grocery store or get to work without asking family and friends for a ride. She also couldn’t take on extra shifts at the restaurant, so her employer stopped offering them to her and eventually cut her hours.

Local Vincentians helped Chelsea apply for the Society’s Transportation Assistance...

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June 2016

Martin ran a successful window washing business until he fell ill. He had to put work on hold as medical bills piled up. Without income from his business, he could barely afford to stay in his home and put food on the table, let alone pay for the doctor visits. Thinking he would never work again, Martin sold his truck to make ends meet.

After a few months, Martin began to recover. He soon felt well enough to start working again, but faced major challenges because he had no transportation. Without a truck, he had to borrow his daughter’s small...

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At the Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Archdiocesan Council of St. Louis, we believe that Helping neighbors starts at home. When people need help, we’ll be there. We serve everyone in need. Period.

The Society’s unique model of person-to-person service offers a dual benefit: the poor and suffering feel the love and compassion of humanity along with the assistance they receive. And the volunteer, witnessing the challenges of the less fortunate and their strength to persevere, is inspired to greater involvement and spiritual growth.