This past year St. Elizabeth Seton opened its doors to the St. Vincent de Paul Society and was at once embraced by a number of parishioners who volunteered to be trained on proper interviews and visitations for those who sought help with financial needs. The success of the program has been overwhelming. We applaud the team for providing compassionate support during difficult times.
As such, St. Elizabeth Seton’s Lenten Giving project will benefit St. Vincent de Paul’s local, national and international projects. In weeks to come we will be enumerating on these projects. Your generosity will go a long way.
Our custom in the past was to present you with a visual reminder of our Lenten Giving Project. We are again distributing a paper bag with the Giving Project logo as well as including additional information in it regarding the work of the St. Vincent DePaul Society. Below is a response given to our St. Vincent DePaul Team from one of their clients.
“With this letter I would like to express my highest gratitude and thank you to Society of St. Vincent de Paul at St. Elizabeth Seton.
I can’t thank you enough for what you have done for me and my family. I am starting new chapter in my life as a single parent and was in need of furniture. I found out about Society of St. Vincent de Paul through Naperville Cares nonprofit organization, they gave me your phone number and said that I can call and that I might get help from you. I was truly surprised how fast you contacted me and pulled out all the resources to help us out, all the phone calls that you made and all the information that you gathered and all the time that was spent.
I don’t want to sound like one of those polished thank you statements from different websites. I hope you can really feel my heart reading it.
I felt very shy and embarrassed to ask for help, I felt it would be admitting that I am weak and I am failing somewhere somehow in my life, also letting others know that I need help was very hard for me too. I just want to say that you made me feel like the part of the family, thank you for understanding and giving the warmth and comfort not judging me and doing everything you can to help us out. Thank you for your kindness, time, support, great hearts, you are the nicest people I have met. You made a difference in this hard time that I am going through and for that I will be always grateful.”