Last week, as is our custom, St. Ben’s Vincentians sent financial support for the 2018 Walk for the Poor, the public witness of your concern for the poor that is held every year on the grounds of the Evansville State Hospital at the end of September. At our invitation, a parishioner of St. Ben’s who volunteers to do what we do at St. Ben’s, but for the neighboring Conference at St. Mary and St. John Parish, spoke to us about their separate mission to Evansville downtown people in need; we do this to ensure that we both provide seamless service to God’s favorites. Every year, the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store (managed by another St. Ben’s parishioner) reaches out to its residential neighbors in the near downtown with a Block Party; food, fun and good will with the Thrift Store neighbors. We provide funds for the purchase of children’s bicycles to surprise neighborhood children holding winning tickets who attend the Thrift Store Block Party. Closer to home, 10 St. Ben’s Vincentians made 11 home visits to help our neighbors in need pay their Vectren, Water and Rent bills. Altogether, it was a good day for God’s poor. Thank you. God bless you.
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