Report from St. Vincent de Paul Society at Our Lady of the Rosary Church
These past few months have been difficult for many of us at OLR. It has been especially difficult for those we serve in the community surrounding Our Lady of the Rosary Church. At St. Vincent de Paul we have been concerned about safety for ourselves and those for whom we serve, but also have been aware of the needs of our clients during this time.
Our food pantry reopened on June 1, where we serve the needy in Greenville every Saturday from 9:00 – 10:00 AM. We are now serving as many or more than we did before COVID-19.
We are hoping to restart our visits to the home bound and to bring them Holy Communion soon. We must be aware of the safety of our volunteers but also keep in mind the needs of the home bound in the parish. Our volunteers are calling those they usually visit and sending them Spiritual Communion cards.
The financial assistance ministry is reopening on October 1, via phone interviews rather than meeting with clients in person. We usually help them with their utility bills, but now especially since the utilities will soon be turning off power for nonpayment of bills.
Over the past 18 months we have been working with Mother Teresa House to provide dentures for some younger clients that qualify so they can present a better appearance for job interviews. We are able to pay for one set of dentures per month.
We have also contributed a substantial amount to the choral scholarship program at Our Lady of the Rosary School.
As we get other regular requests for assistance, we deal with those on a case by case basis. For example, we have recently purchased an orthopedic bicycle for a young member of our parish and contributed funds towards extensive dental work for a needy young woman in the area.
As we are doing all that we possibly can to support the parishioners at OLR and those in need in the surrounding community, we are always grateful for your support.
In Christ’s Service,
Pauline Bellavance, President SVdP – OLR Conference