From the Society’s beginning, the central and most basic activity of Conferences has been visitation of the needy in their homes. Home visits symbolize our commitment to reach out to those in need, rather than require them to report to an outside service site. In the home, people feel most free to confide their stories of struggle. Vincentians are asked to listen, offer humble advice, and render assistance.
Vincentian visitation to the needy has always been done in pairs for the safety of the person and the members. This precedent was set by Christ himself, when he sent out the Apostles two by two (MK 6:7.) Today, the Society wisely continues this tradition in the interest of safety, liability and priority.
Through person-to-person service, Vincentians provide hope, help, encouragement, and spiritual assistance.
If material needs are identified, the society provides financial or other support and/or referral services as appropriate.