St. Vincent de Paul
Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, an international Catholic lay organization, for women and men. Members join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are in need or suffering, in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederick Ozanam, and patron of St. Vincent de Paul.
Members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Based in Catholic parishes, Vincentians gather together in groups called Conferences which focus on spirituality, fellowship, and works of charity.
No work of charity is foreign to the Society. The Society operates thrift stores that receive and distribute millions of pounds of food, pieces of furniture and tons of household goods and clothing. Other works, not all provided by one conference, include housing and homeless services, twinning, prison ministry, voice of the poor, and disaster relief.
St Vincent de Paul, St. Ann Conference in Haines City
In existence for over seventeen years, the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry has given food, financial assistance and clothing to the poor. The Conference serves the poor not only in the Haines City area, but in surrounding communities such as Davenport, Dundee, Lake Hamilton, Loughman, Lake Alfred, Lake Wales, and Poinciana.
The poor come from every ethnic, cultural, and economic background as well as every age group. Many families have incomes of less than $1200/month and approximately 90% of the people we help are not Catholic.
We are a volunteer organization of approximately 35 people and are open 7 1/2 hours a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from noon until 2:30pm). People are seen on a walk-in basis the days we are open and we are funded primarily by the parish of St. Ann, its ministries, and our annual Walk for the Poor.
We have helped over 75,000 men, women, and children since 2102 with food, financial assistance for utility bills or emergencies, GED classes, and temporary housing. In addition to helping people meet their daily needs, we offer “English as a Second Language” classes and are responsible for the Angel Tree Program that provides Christmas gifts and books for children.
In 2017, we provided food for over 4,884 households and 12,312 people. Thus far this 2018 fiscal year in the first 7 months, Vincentians in our food pantries (weekly and through our new monthly mobile food pantries) have given food to 5394 families and 9119 individuals. Our numbers keep growing each year and the need for assistance with living costs is increasing dramatically.
Questions about our services can be answered by calling 863-419-4819 during the hours we are open. If you would like to volunteer or donate money or food to our ministry, please visit us at 1001 S. Robinson Street (behind St. Ann Catholic Church).