As our government struggles to resolve our country’s financial crisis and looming debt, let us not lose sight of the very personal impact our economy has had on individual families and children living within our own community. You may not see those that are suffering the most. They may not be your next-door neighbors, because they can no longer afford a home for themselves or their children. They may be sleeping in the family car at night, instead of in the security of a home. Even those who have managed on limited income may need temporary help when thrown into financial crisis by an unexpected emergency. For these and many others, St. Vincent de Paul Society offers help and hope.
Payson’s St. Vincent de Paul Society offers person-to-person support and provides food through the local food banks, financial assistance for medical, dental, rent, utilities, emergency shelter, and transportation costs. In 2010, the society provided 7,423 food boxes to families, feeding over 23,000 people in our community. They helped an additional 4,388 people with rent, utilities, medical and dental care and transportation aid.
Payson’s St. Vincent de Paul Society receives no federal support, has no paid staff, and depends solely on its volunteers and on donations from individuals like you to provide these services. The most important aspect of these services is the hope they offer to the despairing and disenfranchised members of our community who are struggling to survive.
On Saturday, Sept. 24, the 4th Annual “Friends of the Poor” Walk will be held in Payson and throughout the United States. Participants will walk in solidarity throughout the country to increase awareness and to raise money to assist those in need in their local communities. Sponsored by the National Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, this event is a major fund-raiser to help the poor in our Payson community. All money raised by this event will be used directly to help those in need in Payson and the surrounding area.
Those of us who enjoy calling Payson our home and are able to provide for our family’s basic needs are truly blessed, especially in these times. More than ever, we need to be aware of those less fortunate among us whose very survival may depend on our compassion and generosity.
If you would like to register to walk, sponsor a walker, make a donation or get more information on the “Friends of the Poor” Walk, please call: Lynn at (928) 474-1347 or Ed at (928) 468-8595.
Friend of St. Philip the Apostle Conference, St. Vincent de Paul Society