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Vincentians witness God's love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.
About the St. Rose of Lima Conference
The St. Rose of Lima conference was founded in 2002 with the intent of supplying financial and practical help to those in need within our community, as well as supporting their spiritual needs during their time of trouble. We are part of the Altoona District Council, part of the St. Vincent de Paul Eastern Region, United States.
Our service area is basically Altoona, Duncansville, Hollidaysburg and Tyrone areas.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Diocesan Council of Altoona–Johnstown is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible.
Some of Our Current Conference Activities:
Homeless Support Program – annual collections of clothing and personal needs items
Home-bound Parishioners – monthly “Thinking of You” cards, birthday cards and phone calls
Conference Food Pantry – on-going collection of food for those in need. The homeless shelter, Evergreen manor and families in need benefit from our pantry.
Volunteering at the SVDP Thrift Store – members give hours to the store to help them raise money for the needed.
Care Packages – promoting a care package program that focuses on single moms, expectant moms, homebound/elderly, and the homeless.
Prison Ministry – Family Support - offered assistance to the families of the incarcerated in finding help that they may need
Assisting the Needs Office – helping the SVDP Altoona Basic Human Needs office handle the requests from the needy for assistance
First Meeting – November 20, 2002
First President – Joe Eberhardt First Treasurer – Don Servella Opened checking account with $500 from donations. First Spiritual Adviser – Larry Harker
Sent cards to shut-ins of the Parish Planned annual retreats Began home visits Began hospital visits Began prison ministry visits Developed a phone chain of members Supplying transportation to those in need First fundraiser – ham sandwich sale
A few years later:
Spaghetti dinners became our main fundraiser
Larry Harker was elected President of the Conference and held that role until 2017
Dan Weaver was elected President and Larry Harker, Vice President
June 21, 2018:
The Aggregation of the St. Rose of Lima Conference by the International Council took place