In our parish St. Vincent de Paul members visit neighbors who have real needs. Religion, nationality or church-attendance is not a consideration for receiving assistance. The only conditions are that the person must live within our parish and be in need. We listen to their problems and offer assistance and encouragement. For many lonely people, a friend who listens is as important for them as the financial help they may receive.
Assistance sometimes consists of a food voucher for every adult and an additional allowance for each dependent child. These vouchers are accepted at designated Loblaws, Metro and No Frills stores. This method of assistance ensures that the money is spent on food and allows the person the dignity of deciding on what foods to spend the money. Other forms of assistance are also provided depending on the need.