The Our Lady of Grace conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has received a grant of $2,500 from the National Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The grant will go toward funding education and training for family breadwinners among the chapter’s clients. This financial help includes support for recertification and licensing.
The Our Lady of Grace conference, on Malabar Road, Palm Bay, serves more than 6,000 Palm Bay households and homeless individuals, which includes more than 22,000 people. The conference provides emergency food and household utility bill support. The organization also hosts the annual Friends of the Poor walk/run and delivers Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets to the neediest families.
“We are here for emergency food help, but also to give people a hand-up,” said Conference President Phil Rucki. “More and more, we are working with our clients to affect systemic change and to put people in touch with the local resources that will help them to become self-supporting once again.”
St. Vincent de Paul ministered to the poor in Paris in the 17th century. One of the largest charitable organizations in the world, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international, non-profit, catholic lay organization of more than 800,000 people who voluntarily join to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in 150 countries. Headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., SVdP has a United States membership of more than 150,000 in 4,400 communities.