"Love one another as I have loved you."
John 15:12

"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."
Matthew 25:40


"Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words."
St. Francis of Assisi


"Extend mercy toward others, so that there can be no one in need whom you meet without helping.
For what hope is there for us if GOD should withdraw His mercy from us?"
St. Vincent de Paul


"[The goal of the Society] was not to help the poor. This was only a means. Our object was by the practice of Charity to strengthen ourselves in the Faith, and to win others for it...Personal perfection and not the eradication of poverty per se is the primary goal of the society."

Blessed Antoine-Frederic Ozanam


FOOD PROGRAM

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul was founded by Blessed Frederick Ozanam in France in the 1800's, and is based on the charitable principles of St. Vincent de Paul and the Holy Gospel.  
Those principles are service and charity to the poor.

As was the case in the 1800's, the primary program administered by the Society at Our Lady of Hope Conference deals with food for those in need. Every month, Society members:

1.  Provide emergency response to immediate requests through the use of
      supermarket food vouchers.

2.  Provide holiday meals at Thanksgiving and Christmas to 30+ families.
3.  Collect bread donated by Shaws Supermarkets for distribution to:
     -  Client families
     -  The Ipswich Dinner Bell
     -  Our Neighbor's Table Food Pantry (Amesbury)
     -  The Ipswich Food Pantry
     -  The Pettengill House (Salisbury)
     -  Emmaus Food Pantry (Haverhill)
     -  Accord Food Pantry (Hamilton)
     -  Open Door Food Pantry (Gloucester)

SVDP has provided monthly food baskets to approximately 30 families for the past 10 years.  Effective October 1, 2016, that program has been terminated.

In August 2016, the Open Door Food Pantry opened at the Ipswich Housing Authority site on County Road.  This pantry, which is a satellite facility of the Open Door Food Pantry in Gloucester, is open two days every week.  Clients have the opportunity to obtain meat and fresh produce as well as staples.


As this facility provides a greater availability to clients for their food needs, SVDP has made the decision to discontinue the monthly food baskets as an unnecessary duplication of service.  With the extremely small budget of SVDP, we could not possibly be able to provide the service that Open Door does.  Financial resources that were committed to the food service will now be able to be used for other charitable support.  We will continue to monitor this need and will provide emergency food as needed.

In addition, provide the following non-food support as the resources allow:

1.  Financial assistance with housing (rent, utilities, heat) in crisis situations.
2.  Minor medical expenses.
3.  Referral to long-term social services for those issues that cannot be immediately addressed.

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