Windsor Essex Central Council follows the Rule of the international Society. It is involved in Special Works apart from feeding the hungry and clothing the needy.
This special project began just over one year ago. A fully mobile team started by feeding an average of 40 people per month. In June 2022 we became a SSVP sponsored program. We receive generous funding from not only the SSVP Windsor Essex Central Council and several member conferences, but also from private citizens such as yourself and from family foundation grants that have allowed up to expand and grow our mission mandate.
In 2022 we provided more than 2400+ meals along with 500+ winter coats, 300+ emergency (mylar) sleeping bags, 800+ sleeping bags / blankets along with other assorted items.
Our group is non-denominational, and we will continue forward to welcome anyone that wishes to join our group (must be able to secure the vulnerable sector police clearance V3 (part of our insurance policy to protect both our volunteers and the community we are servicing).
Our objective is to find those lost to the system and bring them in for the required services and support however and whatever that may mean to that individual. We are not interested in challenging how the individual got to be on the streets or their religious beliefs, but rather how we can be a helping hand up (not a hand out) and to feed them, as this is usually one of the most urgent issues we encounter.
Act with dignity, compassion, and humility to provide to the homeless, with their consultation, security of self, security of property, securing of physical and mental well-being and the dignity of private living-space.
Encounter with dignity and respect, those homeless individuals in need and provide to them those resources which we have on hand and available at that moment and in that moment.
We have many positions available should you wish to join our team. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
The cost of a stay is paid for children and young people who otherwise would not have such an opportunity. At the camp these children and youth develop an affinity and spiritual connection with nature and become aware of environmental issues. Last year alone we sent 30 children / youth to camp that would otherwise have been unable to go.
The "Jail Committee" is made up of men and women Vincentians committed to serving the incarcerated and their families.
Regular friendly visits to our local jail are intended to bring hope and guidance to prisoners. Special occasions are celebrated with a "Jug Up", pizza, pop, candy, friendship.
Families, especially children, are often the silent sufferers when a loved one is in jail. It is the mission of SSVP to try to bring hope to these young ones. Clothing, food, smiles and understanding are provided by this ministry.
Twinning is a special work of the Society. It is a fraternal sharing of the Society’s Prayers, relations and resources with less fortunate conferences and councils abroad.
No act of charity is foreign to Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. Special projects and programs are part of what Vincentians are called to do.