The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is concerned not only with alleviating need but also with identifying those structures, societal and legislative, that cause and perpetuate poverty.
The mission of the Gary Council Voice of the Poor Committee is to help break the cycle of poverty through education and advocacy. We will accomplish this mission by inspiring Vincentians to be effective servants of the poor and marginalized and to be voices for just policies and systems.
Serving as advocates for those living in poverty and representing them and their interests to our state and national legislators is a huge task. We spearhead that effort through VoterVoice©, an online system that allows members and supporters of the Society to reach out to lawmakers when there is legislative activity ― or lack of it ― that affects those living in poverty
Sign up to receive action alerts for legislation affecting the poor through the following links:
Saint Vincent de Paul Society: https://votervoice.net/SVDPUSA/home
Indiana Catholic Conference: https://indianacc.org/action-alerts
US Conference of Catholic Bishops: https://www.usccb.org/offices/justice-peace-human-development/catholic-social-teaching
Other Voice of the Poor Resources – available at ssvpusa.org/materials
1. Learn about how Catholic Social Teaching relates to our Vincentian mission:
Serving in Hope, Module IV: Our Vincentian Mission
2. Learn about the SVDP Position Papers and how they relate to our Vincentian call
SVDP Voice of the Poor Booklet
Recommended reading: Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church available online at:
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