Helping, Not Hurting
James White, the president of the West Michigan chapter of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, explains how we can help the poor without inadvertently hurting them and ourselves.
- Implementing wholesome and practical engagement with hurting people following Catholic Social teaching
- How to help struggling people in real life settings: neighbors, kids, the homeless, etc.
- How to avoid exacerbating problems
Ideas for getting involved in the community
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The West Michigan chapter of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul runs thrift stores that generate revenue to fund the organization's referral program year-round. It is through this program that the society provides low-cost goods directly to those in need. St. Vincent de Paul delivers furniture, clothing, and other household goods directly to people who have experienced a terrible loss such as a natural disaster, eviction, foreclosure, domestic violence, or homelessness.