Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Diocese of San Bernardino, CA
Council Help Line

    The Vincentian Home Visit    

"From the beginning of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the cental and most basic activity of Conferences has been the visitation of the needy in the home.  This action is the clearest symbol of the Vincentian charism which dictates the highest respect for the dignity of the poor: the visitor becomes the guest and the person being helped is the master.  It symbolizes the fact that Vincentians are to reach out to the needy, rather than requiring them to report to an outside service site.  It is in the home environment that needy persons feel most free to entrust their stories of struggle to the helper.  It is there, in the family setting, that Vincentians are asked to listen, offer humble advice and render assistance." 

- U.S. Manual of SVdP

            Vincentians witness to God's love            
    by embracing all works of charity and justice  

The primary role is not to pay bills, furnish groceries or clothe someone.  The role of the Vincentian is to provide loving and compassionate interest in individuals.  If that interest calls for food, clothing, or other assistance so be it.  However, it is in loving where the contact with Christ emerges.  That contact with Christ is what seperates the Society of St. Vincent de Paul from just another social agency.