of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (or "Vincentians" ) are men
and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service
to individuals in need. We are young and old. Our members come in every
shade of skin color. Some of us are wealthy, some are financially poor, but
all of us are blessed with awareness that our blessings (time, talent or
treasure) are to be shared with our brothers and sisters in need.
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.
St Vincent of Paul was founded in Good Shepherd
in the year 1990, this organization is helped mainly by funds that our
parish priest, Father Jesus Arias, gives us monthly. At the moment, we have
14 active members and several benefactors. Our current president, Hibeth
Escudero has been with St Vincent since 1992, as well as other members Kathy
Sheppard, Eddie Tracy, Norma Borgono, Yolanda Puig, Miriam Estrada, Gloria
de Badel, Vincent & Josefina Bonet, and Maria Teresa Carpenter.We help our Good Shepherd community with
food, the majority donated by our parish brothers; however we still receive
help in this matter from other groups of the church, including the
Without this aid our needy brothers would not
have food like rice, beans, juice, canned vegetables, cakes, and cereal on
their table. Also supermarkets donate bread to distribute on this day as
well as other holidays (Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas).In addition we
normally prepare special baskets, which are for more or less 45 families x
average of 5 or 6 members per family which would be a total of 270 people
every 2 weeks.
We also help with other necessities like bills
of FPL, water, rent, and some exceptions in phone, and medicine. We try to
cover those who are in the area of our parish, including people of other
religions; the Lord does not make any distinction, when our brothers are
separated of the catholic religion and are also in need, our motto is:
LORD’S FACE IS IN THE FACE OF A BROTHER LESS FORTUNATE.
If you have any questions, please don't
hesitate to contact Hibeth Escudero at (786)897-6037 for more information.