From the Society’s beginning, the central activity of the Society has been the visitation of the needy in their homes. This is the clearest symbol of our Vincentian charism, which dictates the highest respect for the dignity of the poor. It symbolizes our Vincentian commitment to reach out.
Vincentians have always visited in pairs. The relationship which develops between the Vincentian and the one he helps can be termed a helping relationship and can be defined as "the relationship that exists as a result of doing something for someone that he is unable to do for himself or helping him do it himself."
The validity of the Vincentian tradition, from the time of our founder, Frederic Ozanam, has always been the personal involvement of our members with the person in need. The friendship and support of the Vincentian, more than any other material gift, has been the means of reconciling people and society with one another and has attacked the roots of the most real of all poverties.
Through our Home Visits we work toward the prevention of homelessness by providing direct assistance. This assistance can be used to help with utility bills and rent when eviction is imminent. This direct approach to assistance gives the Home Visitor a unique perspective. This perspective allows us to offer additional assistance that may be needed, such as, food, clothing and furniture.
The Vincentians share, with those in need, the simple fellowship of a listening ear and a caring heart. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul helps all in need. If you find yourself in need of assistance, please call our Help Line at 208-331-2208.
"Be kind and love, for love is your first gift to the poor. They will appreciate
your kindness and your love more then all else you can bring them. If you wish to be loved, you
must love, and if you have nothing to give, give yourself."