St Vincent de Paul Society
“No work of Charity is foreign to the Society”
When You Help Us ~ We Can Help Others
The Mission of the Christ the King Conference is to help the needy within our parish boundaries regardless of race, creed, political standing or origin. Help may include food, clothing, assistance with rent and mortgages, utilities and other necessities of life. One of the basic tenants of the society is to meet face to face with those in need.
WHO WE ARE
Christ the King Conference of St. Vincent DePaul Society was founded in 1984 almost simultaneously with the CTK Parish. It has grown in size from 12 members to 299 volunteers working in six ministries. The St. Vincent DePaul Society is a lay Catholic organization founded in 1833. Its purpose today, as in 1833, is to help the needy. The Society was founded by Fredric Ozanam, a student at the University of Paris, to help the poor in Paris. It was named after St. Vincent DePaul who was known for helping the poor in the 1600’s.
Our Christ the King Conference is part of the Cape & Islands District, comprised of 17 Catholic Parishes on Cape Cod. Our Conference serves the communities of Mashpee, Cotuit and part of Marstons Mills. We in turn are connected to the State, National and International Vincentian community, again with the sole purpose of following in the footsteps of St. Vincent DePaul and his mission. We are all unpaid volunteers of many faiths and come from surrounding communities.
In the early eighties the society, with 12 members, visited the sick in local hospitals, visited the shut-ins, those in need of a friendly face and met with needy families. In 1987, in conjunction with the NOAH Shelter in Hyannis, a fourth ministry was formed to assemble and cook meals twice a month. That program was expanded to supply clothing and breakfast fixings. That same year we started collecting money for Christmas gifts.
In 1989 our own Food Pantry was established by an expanded membership of 23. By 1991 it grew to 58, today there are 80 Vincentians working at the pantry. As you can see by the picture above the Parish purchased a new (to us) truck that helps tremendously in picking up purchased and donated food .This is a fantastic asset and we thank Deacon Fantasia and these folks that donated to the purchase and setting up the truck.
In 1996 a clothing center was opened on Route 28, again with the mission of helping the needy to a now astounding 145 members. The clothing store has out grown the three buildings providing clothing to the needy and also the astute cape wide shoppers.
As you will read below, the Pantry has seen a growth from 25 families a week to 98 families. We spend $52,0000.00 on food a year. Most of our purchases are through the Greater Boston Food Bank and supplemented with local wholesale suppliers. Roche Bros and Stop & Shop are another source.
We now have 16 Needy Case Workers to assist with financial issues which have only grown worse due to our faltering economy. We spent about $4000.00 a month in housing, fuel and energy assistance.
FUNDRAISING AND SPECIAL EVENTS
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This past Thanksgiving, Christ the King Parishioners participated in the “Fill-a-bag” program where they shopped, assembling and purchased a non-perishable Thanksgiving dinner, with all the fixings, the society then added a family sized turkey and vegetables for over 256 families who use our pantry. It continues to be a colossal success.
The Parish community continued to support the Parish and the Society‘s efforts to bring Christmas to those in need. $15,282.00 was raised to give 83 Christmas dinners, Gift Certificates for 185 children and Food Gift certificates to supplement the Christmas dinner. We had a joyous and tear filled distribution day just before Christmas and we received many “thank you” notes from families and children thanking us for their gifts.
We have expanded our horizons and are actively searching for grants to supplement the generous donations of the Parish and its Parishioners. We are grateful for grants we have received from the following:
The Golf Club of Cape Cod/Cape Cod Foundation
Heroes in Transition
The Stop and Shop Corporation
The Town of Mashpee Human Services Commission
The Housing with Love Walk
Mashpee Women’s Club
New Seabury Women’s Club
Christ the King Charitable Golf Tournament
BJ’s Charitable Foundation
Greater Boston Food Bank
The Town of Mashpee, Human Services Committee, awarded St. Vincent DePaul Society the “2009 and 2016 Humanitarian Award” recognizing the work of our Vincentians which “goes above and beyond to make a positive contribution to the Town”. In these uncertain economic times there is a tremendous call to help those in need here in our parish.
We are pleased and humbled to receive this award and want to thank the 299 Vincentians for their hard work and dedication to the ministry. This award is also earned by all the parishioners of Christ the King Parish who continue to support the works of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Board of Directors
Conference President ~ Kathie Mulherin
Christ the King Parish St. Vincent de Paul Conference works daily to assist our brothers and sisters in need. Food, clothing, financial assistance with rent, mortgages, utilities, cooked meals twice a month sent to St. Joseph’s House, visits to the homebound and parishioners in the hospital are needs being met by our 299 volunteers.
As a conference we are considered the “workers” in the much larger International St. Vincent de Paul. We strive to be a face of hope in the difficult times of those we serve. In 2016 our 299 volunteers in all our ministries helped 2,899 people. Volunteers worked 11,626 hours and drove 17,753 miles
The difficult economic years challenged us, and the needs of our clients increased. Because of the generosity of our parish community and fundraising events we were able to meet those needs.
If you or your business would like to help St. Vincent de Paul as a volunteer or financially together we can break the cycle of poverty. Please contact us through the parish office 508-477-7700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org . Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Food Pantry ~ Dick Reilly
The pantry is open every Wednesday, from 10am until noon and in addition on the last Wednesday of the month from 5pm till 7pm. Our Goal is to supplement the food needs and provide five days of food for families in need. Upwards to 60 families are served each week by our 106 volunteers.
The main source of our food comes from the Greater Boston Food Bank, without it we would not be able to furnish the quality and variety of foods. We provide eggs, cheese, canned vegetables and a variety of meats and fish. We also receive free food from the Federal Government’s USDA and the State MEFAP programs. Both of these programs supply food at no charge to us! We also purchase additional food from food wholesalers and local supermarkets.
Daily, Roche Brothers and Stop & Shop donate breads and baked goods near expiration. This adds a wonderful variety to the menu. Parishioners donate food on a regular basis in answer to appeals in the bulletin. We are also a satellite for A Baby Center.
Major donations come from the U.S. Postal Service yearly food drive, the Mashpee Police Department, Mashpee Fire Department, Town of Mashpee, Human Service, our parish community, local schools, Boy and Girl Scouts and others.
Over the past years our cost has increased to $52,0000.00 per year. This growth is sustained by the generosity of Christ The King Parish, our Parishioners, charitable Donations and actively searching for grant programs.
The Thanksgiving “Fill a Bag” program, where parishioners provide a complete traditional Thanksgiving meal to over 225 families. At Christmas we provide a ham or turkey dinner for families. For the past three years, we collected enough bags to provide an Easter ham dinner for 150 families.
The pantry manager is an active member in the Cape Hunger Network where resources, bundled purchasing agreements, information and new ideas, are shared at quarterly meetings.
St Vincent De Paul, through its Needy Case Ministry, provides emergency assistance to those, who because of sickness, injury, job loss, or other situations, require help in meeting their bills. Emergency assistance may include helping to pay a utility bill, rent/mortgage, or for another of life’s necessities. A visit with a St Vincent de Paul advocate is required to assess the needs and means of the client and work out a help plan – this is done on a confidential basis and sensitive to the dignity of the client. In addition to financial assistance the plan will include educating the client to break the cycle of poverty. At this time we determine the food and clothing needs of the client.
Our guideline is to give a client financial help once in eighteen months. By networking
with other help agencies on the Cape we’re able to provide financial packages. The economic downturn over the last several years has caused a surge in those needing assistance, many for the first time. Even with a gradual improvement, because of the continuing shortage of jobs the demand persists. Fortunately, because of the generosity within our parish, the community, and government programs we are responding to the needy.
Our Needy Case Ministry covers parish boundaries in the communities of Mashpee, Cotuit and Marstons Mills (West of Route 149).
Need help? You may reach us by calling the Christ the King Parish Office at 508- 477-7700 and follow the prompts to SVDP Help Line where you can leave a message.
St. Joseph’s Home~ Gail Reilly and Lorraine Ghibaudi
The St. Joseph’s Home Ministry consists of four cooking teams that provide complete meals twice monthly for approximately 60-75 residents at the shelter. Meals are prepared by the cooking team headed by a captain who plans the menu and is responsible for meal delivery to the shelter. Each team consists of twelve to fourteen members who are assigned specific meal requirements by the team captain. St. Joseph’s Home
The pantry purchases and delivers breakfast fixings twice a month which is cooked and served by the St. Joseph’s Home staff in Hyannis.
Several members of our Society have been volunteering to clothe the homeless. We sort and organize the clothing donations. Our SVDP Thrift Shop donates much of the needed clothing. Our SVDP also provides a generous quarterly allowance to purchase items that are much needed at the shelter but not usually included in donations of clothing. This winter this allowance has enabled the purchase of underwear, socks, thermal underwear, sweat pants, warm caps, and gloves. (We were working with the former Noah Shelter and are now waiting to hear how St. Joseph’s Home will utilize our clothing.)
Friendly Visitors ~ Frances Parsons
Our “Friendly Visitors” ministry provides a link between the parish and parishioners who are homebound, lonely, hospitalized, or in nursing homes. This ministry keeps folks connected, providing a friendly phone call, a bulletin, or a short visit; we strive to nurture an ongoing relationship between the parish and parishioner.
Friendly Visitors who pay a call to the hospital participate in a special day-long orientation under the guidance of our chaplain, Deacon Greg Beckel; they are identified by a photo ID badge. If during a visit, Eucharist or a priest is requested, this information is relayed to the Parish Office.
For those who might enjoy a visit, simply submit a name to the Parish Office (508)477-7700. Submissions also come from fellow parishioners, family members or neighbors.
Our volunteers are all carefully screened. Presently we have twelve volunteers.
The Friendly Visitors ministry provides a fulfilling, rewarding experience for participants and visitors alike; both are rewarded by the lasting friendships that result.
Treasurer ~ Steve Morrison
As a member of the Board of Directors, the treasurer manages the finances of the Conference. Financial policies and procedures are developed and prepared for Board review.
A monthly financial report is prepared for Board meetings. Annual reports are generated for submittable to the SVDP Cape Cod and Islands District Council.
All donations, grants and contributed money is recorded, required reports are prepared for grant administrators. Assists with preparing data for grant applications and reports.
Financial counsel is provided to the conference President and the Pastor.
Secretary ~ Madeline Ambrose
The Secretary is responsible for keeping the records of the Conference. The minutes of the monthly Board of Directors are recorded and distributed for approval. All donations are acknowledged in writing with our heartfelt thanks. The Secretary also acts as the conference historian.
Membership ~ Dotty Hiltz
Membership Ministry-compiles names for all ministry (Board, Friendly Visitors, Needy Cases, Noah Shelter, Pantry and Thrift Shop) lists and keeps lists current for accurate master list. this information is necessary for the Annual Report.