Society of
Saint Vincent de Paul
Edmonton Area

Making a Difference !

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 11:34 AM | Mary Dunnigan (Administrator)


Two home visitors for the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SSVP) recently visited an elderly gentleman who was suffering with invasive and painful cancer and had to move to a place with lower rent to accommodate his reduced income with no longer being able to work.

During the home visit, we reviewed with this gentleman what he would need to set up this new space. We set up a plan to help him settle in and worked with his new landlord to help with furniture and basic supplies. As an avid cook and believer in good nutrition as a powerful healer, “James” was given a variety of cooking utensils and dishes, as well as a gift card to help stock his fridge with fresh fruit and nutritious foods.

Three weeks later we revisited “James” to ensure he was still doing okay.  We were surprised and delighted to see a smiling happy man who walked easily without his walker or cane and who felt he had been given a new chance at life. Through a better diet and having a comfortable home to call his own, he was able to better manage his pain and improve his strength.

 Because he worked closely with computers during his career, “James” wanted to get one to help him stay in touch with family in other parts of the world and hopefully regain his skills to perhaps take on some work in this area. Through the generosity of local parishioners we were able to get a used computer and help him arrange for an internet package allowing him to re connect with the outside world.

 Experiences like this remind us all the value of an organization like Saint Vincent de Paul and the impact we can have on the lives of people in need. It also reminds us of the privileged role we can play in improving the lives of God’s most vulnerable. Saint Vincent de Paul does make a difference, and we appreciate your support for this work. 

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