St. Mel Catholic Church | Fair Oaks, California

A Parish of the Diocese of Sacramento

St. Vincent de Paul Society

           St. Vincent de Paul at St. Mel

For the past 4 years Craig Shaw has been the President of St. Vincent de Paul for St. Mel Parish.  He has been married for 45 years, has 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

In 2006 he retired from Sara Lee Food Co where he was the sales manager and over saw the total operations for the coffee division working with the Hospitality Industry for branches in Northern Ca., Oregon and Washington.

Prior to his career with Sara Lee Food Co., he served our country in the United States Marine Corp.  During his career with Sara Lee Food Co., he was asked to be on the advisory board at UC Davis for Delta Chi Fraternity. He remained on that board for 5 years. 

Craig feels very fortunate to be a cradle Catholic practicing the Corporal Works of Mercy each and every day in a concrete and substantial way.

The Mission of St. Vincent de Paul:

In the spirit of love and justice, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides person to person services of time, talent and resources to help our neighbor in need.

There are families and individuals who are in crisis and in desperate need of our love and support.  They may lack in education, they may struggle with literacy.  They may have physical and mental disabilities, they may have prison records.  They may be someone just like you and me.  The common thread is they are all human beings.  Their stories could be anyone's stories and The Society of St Vincent de Paul is here to listen and respond to their needs.

 

How We Help Those in Need

The Society provides assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis by visiting them in their homes.  This personal contact with the poor, suffering, lonely and neglected in their homes is the distinctive character of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  Our home visits promote friendship with those we serve and enable our Vincentians to more fully understand the suffering of those we visit and to best assess their needs.  The aid we provide most often includes direct financial assistance for rent, utilities, transportation, clothing, food and furniture, as well as consultation, referral and intervention services.  The Society conducts its work while maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those served.  Approximately 20 million people are helped annually throughout the United States by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  We help anyone in need.

 

We Need Volunteers

SVdP could not deliver the level of service it provides without hundreds of volunteers.  We welcome volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to join us in our efforts to help improve the lives of those in need in our community.  If you are interested in being a part of our work, please contact:

Craig Shaw, (916) 966-6164

or come to one of our weekly meetings,

Tuesday's immediately following the 8:30am Mass

in the Parish Center Conference Room

 

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