True to its origins, the St Vincent de Paul Society continues to respond with hope and love to those living in poverty, working for a society in which everyone is valued.

(To download The Annual Overview 2015, click on the PDF link at the bottom of the page)

 

4 National President’s Report                            
True to its origins, the St Vincent
de Paul Society continues to
respond with hope and love to
those living in poverty, working
for a society in which everyone
is valued.


5 Our vision and purpose
6 Chief Executive Officer’s Report
‘Poverty is not a personal
choice’
The shameful treatment of
asylum seekers, cuts to social
expenditure, and failure to
adequately address the causes
of unemployment diminish our
society as a whole. Our mission
is to strive for a society that is
structured so everyone has a
share in its wealth.


7 National Council Members
Members of the National Council
include the National President,
the Presidents of State Councils,
the Youth and Young Adults
Representatives and office
bearers.


8 National Statistics
An overview of the St Vincent de
Paul Society in Australia.


9-13 Advocacy and Research
The St Vincent de Paul Society
engages with government and
key organisations to focus
attention on the structural
causes of unemployment and
poverty and to advocate for
economic and social policy that
addresses these causes.

14 Practical and persistent
The realities of poverty mean
that the St Vincent de Paul
Society must often begin with the
basics—food, clothing, housing—
and then help to upskill those
in need to achieve long-term
change.


15 Repayment in kind
Rob has finally found a place
to call home through the
intervention of the Society’s
financial counselling offices and
the kindness of a woman who
had herself been helped in the
past by the St Vincent de Paul
Society.


16-17 Transformation through
education
With the help of the Nagle
Centre in NSW and the Clemente
program, Nathan has moved
forward from childhood tragedy
and found purpose through
education.


18-19 Coming home
St Vincent de Paul Society in
Victoria has been privileged to be
a part of alleviating some of the
effects of systemic disadvantage
for one mother and her son and
making their dream of home a
reality.


19 “Sick with worry…”
Executive Summary from the
recently published report “Sick
with worry…” Stories from the
front-line of inequality, 2015


20-21 Kindness of strangers
Cel shares her story of the time
she and her infant daughter
experienced homelessness, and
how the drop-in centre and meals
from Fred’s Van were muchneeded
highlights of her day.


22 Raising awareness
For the people we work with,
hunger, cold, danger and sacrifice
can be everyday experiences. The
immediate assistance we offer
helps to alleviate suffering while
we continue to lobby for a more
just society.


23 Compassion in action
When Kevin decided he was ready
to rebuild his life, St Vincent de
Paul Society Queensland was
there to provide him with the
support he needed.


24-25 Overseas Development
The St Vincent de Paul Society’s
Overseas Development Program
not only helps communities get
back on their feet after a disaster,
it funds initiatives aimed at
breaking the cycle of poverty and
promoting independence through
education, employment and
development.


26 Pop-up op shops
Volunteers from St Vincent de
Paul Society Northern Territory
work with members of Indigenous
communities to bring Vinnies
shops to them.


27 What we do
The St Vincent de Paul Society’s
services.