The Society of St. Vincent De Paul is charged with the primary responsibility of carrying out THE CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY; Feeding the Hungry, Giving water to the thirst, clothing the naked, visiting (and caring) the sick, visiting the imprisoned, sheltering the homeless, and boring the dead. Though sheltering has become somewhat difficult given cost of accommodation and security issues in the country especially Lagos. Given our responsibilities as “custodians wealth”, we come to you this day, giving amount of our stewardship as all we control has been given to us by you, our benefactors; known and unknown. The following is not designed for us to be wowed but to ensure an all inclusive Society.
In the year 2018, SSVP St. Dominic received a total of ₦4,053,086.01 This income came in through donations, 1st Sunday box collection, Sales relating to the society, SSVP boxes and church donation, out of which ₦3,538,180.00 was spent on the following:
Small Business Start-up/ boosting: we empowered individuals to become financially independent by providing initial capital to such individuals in order to start up or boost an existing business of their choice after proper investigation has been carried out to ascertain the viability of such business. We also pay for vocational training fees and work tools.
Basic Support: We support individuals who wish to relocate due to an economic crisis affecting them or because they are stranded, and need to return to their home towns by paying for their transportation (by road). We also pay for the transportation of all clients attended to on our meeting days.
Education: the Society currently runs a ‘stay-in-school’ project for students in the slum and yaba environs. Uniforms and books are bought for the students to enable them go to school. Last year, we provided for 90 students. SSVP also pays school fees and exam fees for students who need help to complete their education in public primary, secondary and tertiary institutions.
Health: SSVP runs free health check-ups yearly during our Week for the Poor programme. More than 100 beneficiaries enjoy free screening, counselling and medications from this activity. We also attend to the medical needs of clients weekly during the Society’s meeting days and pays for their medical bills when referred to hospitals (surgeries and deliveries inclusive in some cases and based on the history of the case). 20 to 30 individuals benefit monthly.
Community outreach: we visit prisons and various homes to make donations and sponsor the release of as many prison inmates as the Society can afford to. Last year, SSVP sponsored the release of four (4) inmates whose bail fees were
N50,000 each. The society also visits and caters for the elderly in our communities that have little or no care.
These individuals are adopted by the society. We currently have 13 adoptees that are given weekly stipends to carter for their daily feeding expenses. We also donate items to Samaritan home and So Said Home.
Voluntary Service: the society cleans homes as part of our charity drive. Currently 3 homes enjoy these services – Modupe Cole Memorial School Akoka, Red Cross Motherless Baby Home Makoko and Old People’s Home Sabo Yaba. This service is championed by the Youth Wing section of the Society and it is done monthly.
The Society wishes to thank our dear parishioners & our Benefactors for their immense support throughout the year 2018. Through your support to the Society, we have been able to provide educational support for our children, as well as food, clothing and healthcare to our brothers and sisters in need.
We plan to touch more lives this year and with your support we will be able to achieve this for our brothers and sisters in need.
Remember, whatsoever, you do to the least of my brothers, you do to me. So says the Lord. (Mt. 25:40)
Please visit our website: www.ssvpstdominic.com and For More Enquiry call: +2349090005269
Thank you for your generous support and May God continue to bless you. Amen.
St. Vincent de Paul… pray for us!