Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are dedicated to helping the poor and disadvantaged in our area. Members visit Neighbours-in-Need in their homes and help with food and clothing vouchers. We also request beds and furniture from our warehouse which are delivered free of charge. From time to time, we are able to assist people to pay ultility bills. Most imporantly we listen to people when we visit.
We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm in the Decker room (or the parish hall if it is free). Members go out on visits in pairs Monday to Friday.
In order to volunteer, there is an application process to become a member, which includes an application form asking for the name and address of three references. In addition, there is a criminal record check which the conference pays for. Lastly, there is an interview and a covenant form. All paperwork is then sent to the Central office and then the member is invited to an Orientation session, after which he/she gets a pin and a certificate.
Gordon Barthos is the contact person and may be reached through the Parish Office by email or 416-926-7110. St. Vincent de Paul also has a direct line at (416) 926-2292.
The following are composites of some of the life experiences of our Neighbours-in-Need (NIN). We have obscured their identities to protect their dignity and to observe strict confidentiality. They are offered as insights in to the people that we serve and support through your generosity.
Last year, because of your generosity, the St. Basil’s Conference of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society made 1301 individual visits to NIN homes, distributing $ 69,292 in food, beds, furniture and clothing aid, and extraordinary help such as emergency dental work and prescription drug support. Conversations are free, engaging and often provide real reciprocal value. Within our parish boundaries, in a parish as wealthy as ours, the need is all around us. We have nearly no administrative costs, except postage to pay our suppliers and to issue tax receipts. 99.5% of every dollar donated is distributed. We are all volunteers and we can’t thank you enough for your support.