St. Vincent de Paul Society seeing increased demand for help

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a parish-based ministry that uses volunteers to make home visits to those in need, is seeing increasing demand for donated food and other help, said Zip Rzeppa, executive director of the St. Louis council.

Last fall the council received a $10,000 donation to help restock pantries with food. Those funds were distributed to several pantries most in need of help.

The society’s volunteers see the face of Christ in the suffering and needy, Rzeppa said, bringing their spirituality to those they reach. “And we hope the suffering see the face of Christ in the Vincentians who come to visit them and see their faith in their action.”

Theresa Miller of the St. Gerald/Holy Family parish conference in Franklin County, said the volunteers there are assisting some people who have worked 30 years or more for a company and lost their jobs. These people are reluctant to seek help but are out of options, she said.

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