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Johnson County and Franklin Indiana Saint Vincent de Paul assistance programs.

The poor and lower income in Johnson County Indiana can call St. Vincent de Paul Society for assistance. The main mission of the charity organization and their churches is to help the poor, seniors, and less fortunate in the community.

The Johnson County Indiana Society of St. Vincent de Paul will do what they can for the poor who reside within the parish boundaries. The organization can provide and coordinate immediate help and care to families and the lower income, and really help individuals and families meet their basic needs. This can include limited financial support for bills and rent, or providing food and self-sufficiency type resources.

While any type of financial assistance will be very limited, and is constrained by funding, sometimes even a few dollars can help someone make that last rent or heating bill payment. The agency is also effective at referring the needy to other assistance programs and agencies.

Financial support is always in high demand, and this can include free food, clothing, and assistance with paying for bills and expenses such as rent, utilities, medications and of course they always offer spiritual support. Members of St. Vincent de Paul and many volunteers work in the food pantry, organize and distribute winter coats and clothing, and work in the distribution center. Much of the aid flows to people who are most at risk without help, in particular children. Dozens of people are focused on helping the needy.

Another key service is self-sufficiency. So the organization will offer some form of immediate help, while they advocate and work to fight the underlying causes of poverty. So this means people will be able to hopefully work their way out of their crisis.

The Society always believes that caring people can make a difference in the lives of others who are less fortunate, and that both spiritual and personal  growth occurs when people become directly involved in helping others in the community, including older adults and children.




St. Vincent de Paul will hold weekly meetings to assess the needs of Johnson County Indiana individuals and those people who are calling for help. Volunteers are always needed. Any member of the church or local parish is invited to join St. Vincent de Paul Ministry, and you to will be able to assist the less fortunate among us. The only skills and ability needed by a volunteer is to have a generous heart as well as a love of the Lord.

If you need help or would like to volunteer, please call St. Vincent for meeting times and locations, as well as information on the assistance programs that are offered. If you wish to call to speak to any representative from a local Johnson County St. Vincent de Paul's ministry, if you would like to volunteer, have questions, then you can and should initiate contact. The main center is in Greenwood Indiana, however resources are available across the county, including in Franklin. Dial (317) 888-2861 during regular business hours. From time to time someone may return your call if you can’t reach a live representative. Another option is to call the chairperson whose phone number and name is listed in your Parish Resource Book.

The main society of St. Vincent de Paul location is at Greenwood, IN 46143. Phone number is (317) 881-1300.





By Jon McNamara

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