Last week, 10 St. Ben’s Vincentians visited 9 homes within our parish where 24 people in need reside; turns out that one family wasn’t actually living in St. Ben’s parish, so we declined to help with alms you entrusted to us for our own poor folks. In the end, we distributed over $850 of your alms for delinquent Rent (1), Vectren (2), and Water (2) bills, and we gave vouchers for beds (2) and a kitchen appliance (1) along with a voucher for clothing at the Thrift Store. Among those families we helped were Annie and John, who live just across the highway from the Cathedral, and take care of Annie’s mother. John is confined to a wheel chair and they survive on John’s disability benefits; he’s diabetic, and his left leg was amputated just below the knee. John and Annie asked us for a queen-sized bed. We don’t give vouchers for queen beds, unless the Client agrees to pay the cost difference from a full-sized bed. Under their difficult circumstances, we made an exception for John and Annie. They asked us to say ‘thank you’, and they asked God to bless you.
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