Providing person-to-person emergency assistance-regardless of race, religion or national origin-to more than 5 million people in need, including poor, homeless, orphaned, and sick.
St. Vincent de Paul Society is a nonprofit Catholic lay organization that coordinates help for the poor through Catholic parishes, though its aid is not limited to Catholics. "We get probably 500 calls a week (for help)”, a local spokesperson for the Society said. "We are helping the homeless, assisting with rent and utilities, and feeding and clothing the poor. I go home at night thinking, how can we do more to meet the increasing needs?”
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has pledged to follow Alicia through a year, as long as she does her part in trying to find work and being sincere about helping her family climb out of poverty. The St. Vincent de Paul Society lined Alicia up with a job interview at a Wal-Mart and a day care where her children could attend at a discounted rate. "I can't stress enough that I am so grateful," she said. “People I don't even know are helping us-I don't even know what to say. Thank you doesn't seem like its enough.”
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