Dear Compassionate Friends,
With 2015 quickly coming to a close, I look back with gratitude – and ahead with great hope.
The blessings and excitement of Pope Francis’ recent U.S. visit with us and I’m inspired by the Holy Father’s passionate call to reach out with compassion to the poor and vulnerable in our midst. This goes to the very heart of our work here at St. Vincent de Paul.
I’m thankful, too, for friends including YOU who are living the Pope’s inspiring message – not just with words, but with deeds. You’ve recognized Jesus in the poor and you understand as Matthew 25:40 teaches, that in serving our neighbors in need, you serve Him.
Through St. Vincent de Paul , you’re literally changing lives. Among other good works, you’ve fed the hungry, sheltered the homeless, comforted the abandoned, and lifted up many who had lost hope.
But many are still hurting and in need of your kindness…
We need the support of our most loyal and compassionate supporters to serve our community’s most vulnerable. Will you help the children, the families, and all who have no one else to care for them? Please, will you make a year-end gift today?
As you consider a gift to help, I want to remind you that your support makes a lasting difference in real lives. You help ease the worries and lighten the burdens of our most vulnerable neighbors. Consider just a few you’ve comforted through St. Vincent de Paul this year:
YOU helped Julie, mother of nine-year-old Melanie and seven-year-old Bradley.* After twenty years of marriage Julie’s husband abandoned the family. With hardly any savings Julie found herself the sole provider for the family. Then, just weeks later, she lost her job as a nurse… But, with our assistance, we helped save the family’s home and get them through a terrible time.
YOU also helped Mary and Todd* and their two children. With no warning, the school district had eliminated Todd’s longtime job. The family had hardly any savings and quickly fell behind on bills. Raising two children with special needs and Mary disabled and unable to work, the family had already struggled to make ends meet. But through St. Vincent de Paul, you helped the family receive assistance with their overdue utility bill. You also enabled us to provide them with household goods, a gas card, and food to save them from going hungry.
And YOU helped Kelly*… a retired, life-time resident of Detroit struggling to get by on a low-fixed income. Returning home after desperately needed hip replacement surgery, Kelly was distressed to find that all of her utilities had been turned off. (In trying to keep up with medical bills, she had fallen behind on her utilities). But thanks to you, we were there for Kelly in a difficult moment. We quickly helped pay her bills and her service was restored.
Because of “Good Samaritans” like YOU, we were able to say to these good people and many other families in need: “Don’t despair – we can help you.”
I am extremely grateful for all you’re doing to lift up our most vulnerable neighbors. But there is still much to do… many among us are still in dire need.
Please, will you help? A generous year-end gift from you today will be a great blessing. It will allow us to bring Pope Francis’ words of hope to life. your gift will enable us to provide help where it is so urgently needed in the coming weeks.
Your response today will determine how much we can assist our most vulnerable neighbors in 2016!
God bless you for your compassionate heart and your willingness to take action!
All best wishes in 2016
P.S. I encourage you to take advantage of this last change to make a tax-deductible, year-end gift. Your donation will allow St. Vincent de Paul to continue to serve neighbors in need in the year ahead. It will help us to provide food, heat, shelter and other urgently needed assistance. Your gift is an answer to the prayers of a hurting family in dire need.