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ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY

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OUR SVdP-OLG "Vincentian" *****CORE MISSION STATEMENT***** "Help Us Help Others," which is part of Our Mission Statement, the Society is largely a volunteer-driven organization; most of our volunteers are known as "Vincentians." We are part of a worldwide organization of lay Catholic men and women, who are committed to live and grow in their Christian faith through prayer and personal involvement in charitable works. The Society’s mission is accomplished through parish and community-based groups called "Conferences" (made up of volunteers) and programs called “Special Works.”The Society, and each one of the Conferences (the basic unity of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul) provides programs and services for children, the homeless and the poor, free of charge, and does not make any discrimination or distinction, regardless of religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, handicap, income, occupation, social status, ethnic or national origin within the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara. Members of the Society seek, in a spirit of justice and charity, to promote the dignity of the person, alleviate suffering and distress, while working to correct the conditions that cause them. They are actively involved in providing person-to-person assistance to those in need, guided by the credo of our Charity Organization's Group Motto: “No Act of Charity is Foreign to the Society.” The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Oxnard, CA. is a Charitable, Non-Profit Organization whose Charity's Theme is "Help Us Help Others," which is part of Our Mission Statement, the Society is largely a volunteer-driven organization; most of our volunteers are known as "Vincentians." We are part of a worldwide organization of lay Catholic men and women, who are committed to live and grow in their Christian faith through prayer and personal involvement in charitable works. The Society’s mission is accomplished through parish and community-based groups called "Conferences" (made up of volunteers) and programs called “Special Works.”The Society, and each one of the Conferences (the basic unity of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul) provides programs and services for children, the homeless and the poor, free of charge, and does not make any discrimination or distinction, regardless of religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, handicap, income, occupation, social status, ethnic or national origin within the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara. Members of the Society seek, in a spirit of justice and charity, to promote the dignity of the person, alleviate suffering and distress, while working to correct the conditions that cause them. They are actively involved in providing person-to-person assistance to those in need, guided by the credo of our Charity Organization's Group Motto: “No Act of Charity is Foreign to the Society." For More Information Please Visit Our Website at: http://svdpla.org/ & http://guadalupeparishoxnard.com/ To help raise money for The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Our Lady of Guadalupe Oxnard, CA. please donate or join our team on Crowdrise at: "ABOUT US.... WHO WE ARE" The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Oxnard, CA. is a 501 © 3 Status Non-Profit Charity Organization whose Members ("Vincentians") are composed primarily of a Catholic-Christian lay organization that leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its Founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and Patron, St. Vincent de Paul. We are blessed with an awareness that our blessings (time, talent or treasure) are to be shared with our brothers and sisters in need. As a reflection of the whole family of God, Members are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. We know that we are not alone. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule. Energized by the awareness that service to our brother or sister in need, members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are keenly aware that poverty, suffering and loneliness are present for millions in our communities. For that reason, We collaborate with All who seek to relieve need and address its causes. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. An essential precept of the Society's work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served. The Society recognizes that it must assume, also, a role of advocacy for those who are defenseless or voiceless. Some 12 million persons are helped annually by Vincentians in the United States. The list of services of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the United States is endless. "No Work of Charity is Foreign to the Society." And To Quote Our Patron, St. Vincent de Paul: "Charity is Infinitely Inventive." Like that of its founder, Frédéric Ozanam, the vision of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul "Is to Embrace the World in a Network of Charity." Organized locally, Vincentians witness God's love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ. As Part of Our Core Values, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul adheres to a group of core values; these are principles central to our creed and ministry. We Believe that Our Primary Concern is: "Charity and Justice" "Essentially, Our SVdP-OLG Charity Organization differs from Other Charitable Organizations in that Our Mission Statement of the Society answers the question specifically. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is composed of women and men who seek their personal holiness through works of charity. In this essential way, the Society differs from charitable associations or agencies whose principal objective is not the spiritual advancement of their members but the doing of good for someone else." "It is laid down in our Rule, and it has been always understood among us, that in uniting to serve our masters the poor, as St. Vincent de Paul expresses it, our object is not only to relieve material misery, a very laudable purpose in itself, but to aspire, especially, through the practice of that most sublime of virtues "charity" to render ourselves better and more fervent Christians, and to make our poor enter on the same path, if we have the happiness of succeeding." "The Society has two aims: to do a great deal of spiritual good to its members through the Exercise of Charity, and to do Spiritual and Temporal Good for Poor Families. Therefore, The Mission Statement is clear: "Vincentian" ministry is a means for acquiring spirituality. The ministry of a Vincentian to those and with those who stand in need is the powerful means that affects the spiritualness of life for the individual Vincentian. This applies to the Vicentian also, because, in attending to the needy and suffering, a Vincentian is ministering to Christ Himself.