St Fabian Conference
We meet the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm in the church meeting room. We really need more volunteers to meet the needs of our clients so come join us and see how you can get involved.
Our next meeting is Wednesday, October 5th at 7pm in the Church Meeting Room.
The Society of St Vincent de Paul is a worldwide Christian community founded in Paris in 1833 by a group of lay Catholics under the inspiration and leadership of Blessed Frederic Ozanam. The first Conference in the United States was established in St. Louis, MO in 1845 and in Detroit in 1886. Locally the Society supports a Family Center, Nutrition Center, Legal Aid, Camp Ozanam for children, Food depots, Recycle Ministry, Justice Initiative (prison ministry) and Energy Assistance Program in addition to direct financial aid to individuals and families. The Society also assumes the role of advocacy for those who are defenseless or voiceless.
The volunteer members of the St. Fabian Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals and families in need regardless of ethnicity, race, creed, political persuasion, gender or social background. Our members are from all walks of life, but all are blessed with awareness that our gifts of time, talent or treasure are to be shared with our brothers and sisters. The Society offers tangible assistance to those in need. Anyone interested in becoming a member of the St. Fabian Conference to experience the friendship, service and spiritual growth it offers should contact Sue Crudgington at 248-553-4610 extension 254.
When a neighbor calls for assistance the St. Fabian Council members evaluate each case for merit. A team of two Vincentians make a home visit or, occasionally, visit at church. The extent of assistance is then determined by the Vincentian team consistent with funds available and degree of client need. The need may include help with food, rent, foreclosure, medical, transportation, utilities (shut-off notice), clothing, furniture and household goods, etc. We work closely with other churches, community organizations, and governmental agencies serving Oakland and Wayne counties to maximize our efforts and minimize our financial commitment to accomplish our goals. We guide clients through the THAW (The Heat and Warmth Fund) application to assist with payment of delinquent DTE and Consumers bills. An essential precept of the Society’s work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those served.
Financial support for the activities of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul comes from the generosity of the people of the faith community of St. Fabian, and we sincerely thank them for their support. Every month church envelopes, dedicated specifically to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, are collected at all weekend Masses. You should know that 100% of all donations are used to assist our neighbors in need. A portion of this amount is paid out thorough a program call “twinning” whereby our Conference assists other Conferences (and in turn also receives assistance) when resources are lacking to provide needed help.
Individuals or families experiencing serious needs preventing them from providing the basic necessities should call the church office at 248-553-4610 extension 240. They will be connected to the St. Vincent de Paul client intake voice message system. The message they leave should include their name, address, phone number and a brief summary of the nature of their situation. A Vincentian will contact them to set up a time and date for a home visit.
Because of the ongoing generosity of the St. Fabian community, we have two St. Vincent de Paul collection bins for clothing, shoes and small household items in the rear corner of our parking lot. If something is too big, please don’t drop it off next to the bin. You can schedule a St. Vincent de Paul truck to pick up furniture, clothing and/or large household items by calling 877-788-4623.
Job Leads Sought for St. Vincent de Paul Clients
Our parish’s St. Vincent de Paul organization becomes aware that, from time to time, some of our St. Vincent de Paul clients are looking for work. If you know of a job opening, I’d be happy to provide your contact information to a St. Vincent de Paul client in need of work. The parish cannot vet or endorse any specific client, but I will provide your contact information to a client looking for work. If you have openings and would possibly consider hiring one of our clients, please contact Sue Crudgington at 248-553-4610 extension 254 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are indeed thankful that the community of St. Fabian is so generous with its time, talent and treasures.
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion,
for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)