MOUNT VERNON—The Knox County chapter of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul located at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Mount Vernon, Ohio celebrated its one year anniversary at the Church on Sunday January 19, 2014.
The chapter, which has 14 active and 16 associate members, and which is associated with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Columbus, collected over $25,000 during its first year of operation. The money was distributed over the last 12 months to disadvantaged families and individuals in the Knox County area.
The funds are allocated to qualified families and individuals on the basis of need after home visits by chapter members, known officially as Vincentians, and approval by a chapter committee assigned to determine how the funds will be spent.
Generally, the funds are allocated only to pay rent or utility fees, but can sometimes be used for one-time expenditures, such as emergency vehicle or housing repairs. Recipients need not be members of the St. Vincent de Paul Parish.
The mission of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is to bring concrete aid and comfort to the needy and the suffering of the local community. Officers of the local chapter included Tony Speigel, Brian Robinson, and a soon to be appointed secretary.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul chapter in Mount Vernon is part of the Archdiocese of Columbus Council of the Society, which is, in turn, a part of the United States National Council located in St. Louis Missouri. The National Council is affiliated with the International Council in Paris, France.