The program employs a simple, standardized application process and ensures accountability from start to finish.
St. Louis, Mo. (PRWEB) October 18, 2010
The National Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) today awarded $20,000 in grants to aid the needy in nine communities. Ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, the monies are part of the Society’s annual Friends of the Poor® Grant Program and will provide several forms of assistance, such as food, utility bills, housing and rent assistance, and medicine.
SVdP locations receiving the grants are in: Martindale, Texas; Elgin, Texas; Kyle, Texas; Manor, Texas; Austin, Texas; El Campo, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Montgomery City, Mo.; and St. Louis, Mo. The current funding cycle reviewed applications from the SVdP’s Midwest and South Central Regions ― hence, the large number of Texas locations because of the latter region. A total of 20 SVdP locations from these regions applied.
This disbursement is part of $164,000 in Friends of the Poor® grants that the Society has made this past year throughout the United States. Grant applications are reviewed and awarded annually on a regional basis. Funding comes from the general public and the Society’s members.
“The program employs a simple, standardized application process and ensures accountability from start to finish,” said Joe Flannigan, national president of the Society. “Grants are targeted to the specific needs of the poor that are above and beyond those available to our Councils and Conferences.”
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic lay organization of more than 690,000 men and women throughout the world who voluntarily join together to grow spiritually and offer person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in 142 countries on six continents. Programs include home visits, housing assistance, disaster relief, job training and placement, food pantries, clothing, transportation and utility costs, care for the elderly and medicine. With the U.S. headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., membership in the United States totals more than 146,000 in 4,600 communities.
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