The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul was founded in 1833 by a French College student, Frederic Ozanam. Frederic was challenged by his fellow college students, "Sure, you may have faith, but where are your works?". It was this challenge that led 20 year old Frederic and six of his peers to visit the poor in their homes, providing them with the essentials of life. They enlisted the help of Sister Rosalie Rendu to teach them how to serve the poor with dignity.
Nearly 184 years later, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul continues young Frederic's mission throughout the world. It's mission is carried out through it parish based "Conferences" and 'special work' programs like the Thrift Store.
The beauty of the thrift store is that parishes and community members can join together to help our friends in need by donating gently used clothing, furnishing, and other household items. These items are sold at prices everyone can afford. Those who cannot afford even our low prices, may be offered vouches through our local parish conferences. Not only do those donations help our friends in need, but they also reduce the landfill accumulation.
While the visible face of the Society is the Thrift Store, there are currently 4 parish conferences in the Fargo Diocese that make personal visits into the homes of our friends in need. Proceeds from our store are distributed to these parish conference and the Council to fund their mission of formation and assistance to those in need.
For more information about the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the Fargo ND diocese, go to www.svdpfargo.org
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