The Mission of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

"A network of friends, inspired by Gospel values, growing in holiness and building a more just world through personal relationships with and service to people in need." (1)

"The mission of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is like the mission of Jesus (Lk 4): to bring the good news to the Poor and to nurture life and hope where there is not much life and little hope. In the Vincentian spirit it is not enough to bring the Poor something to eat, but also to bring God’s love. Our founders understood that Jesus calls us to love those who are Poor, hungry, thirsty, naked, strangers, imprisoned and sick. They understood that Jesus identifies Himself with such as these. (Mt 25: 35-40).

The founder of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is Frederick Ozanam. Born in France in 1813 he was studying at the Sorbonne when a fellow member of a kind of debating club (the Conference of History, formed to discuss historical and literary topics) challenged Frederick and other Catholics to ‘Show us your works.’” (2) Thus was born the Conference of Charity or as we know it today, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The Society is named for the 17th century saint by the same name who, like Mother Teresa in the 20th century, knew no limits to the gift of self in behalf of the poorest and most wretched among us.

(1) National Council of the United State, Society of St. Vincent de Paul
(2) Quoted from Vincentian Leadership Part 1 a publication of the National Council of the United States, Society of SVDP

          
Food Pantry


Hours
Sunday     Closed
Monday     Closed
Tuesday     Closed
Wednesday     Closed
Thursday     8:30am - 12:30pm
Friday     8:30am - 11:00am
Saturday     8:00am - 12:00pm


The food pantry at St. Anne resumed scheduled operations effective July 1, 2020. We will be open Thursday (8:30am – 12:30pm), Friday (8:30am – 11:00am) and Saturday (8:00am – 12:00pm).

For the foreseeable future we will continue to operate as we have during the pandemic. That is we will interact with you in your car. No one will be permitted to come into the pantry building. Please plan to wear a face mask (until advised otherwise by civil authorities) and remain in your car. Our volunteers will put groceries in the trunk or in the rear of an SUV. If you want your groceries placed in the passenger compartment, we will step back and allow you to do so yourself.

Grocery shopping will be by appointment only, click the "Schedule an appointment to shop" button below to schedule your appointment. You'll need information from your Food Pantry card to schedule your appointment. If you are a new customer, that is you do not have a food card, please complete the online application by clicking the “Request Food Pantry assistance - application” button below. You will be contacted by phone or email within a week of submitting your application. If your Food Card is lost or damaged, it will be necessary to obtain a replacement by coming to the pantry any Monday morning 8:30am - 10:30am to obtain a replacement. We will not be able to issue replacements on days that we are serving (Thursday, Friday and Saturday).

After scheduling your appointment, you will fill out an online shopping list identifying the food items that you want. Please check all the food items that you are willing to accept. We will strive to have your order ready when you arrive for your appointment. Note that, since there is no way to know whether individual items will be available on any given day or time, the shopping list is only a guide for our shoppers. We will shop for you, based on your preferences, the size of your family and the food items that are on hand.

Given the limitations imposed by the virus, we have to limit shopping to every two weeks.

You can schedule your appointment any Thursday, Friday or Saturday in the next two weeks but you cannot schedule an appointment any later than two days before an appointment or any sooner than 14 days since your last appointment.

Notice: Effective August 12 the students returned to St. Anne School. After a brief experiment we have been asked to relocate grocery pickup to the spaces to the left of those that we were using on the fence. When you arrive to pick up your groceries at the appointed time, call or text the posted telephone number to let us know where you are parked.

                 
Financial Aid

St. Anne SVdP Financial Assistance office will open on Tuesdays from 9:00-12:00. Our volunteers will answer calls only during this time (Tuesday mornings). If you call at any other time during the week your call will be returned the following Tuesday.

At this time, we will only be able to offer assistance remotely, by telephone. We ask that you follow the following procedure:
Call for brief screening before coming to church. Our phone number is 281-255-2894. If we determine that we can help you, come to pantry office and call us. Please remain in your car, have a mask on, and bring your own pen. We will need the following things from you:

  • A copy of your personal ID (something with your name and current address)
  • Two copies of your lease (1st page only) or the bill you need help with, with the total amount of assistance you are requesting. We are not able at this time to make copies.
  • The completed Financial Assistance form, click the button below to print the form.

If you are a Spanish speaker, please bring an English speaker with you to assist with the interview.

Checks will be mailed to the apartment complex office or utility, they will not given to you personally.

We know that these new procedures will be sometimes difficult for you and that you can expect a longer wait for assistance, but we will do all we can to provide the assistance you need. And we would ask for your prayers that we will be back to in-person visits as soon as we can, while keeping you and our volunteers safe.