The Home Visit is the Core Ministry of the Society
In observing both the Rule and the Spirit of the Society, the home visit is the closest thing the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has to a fundamental activity, practiced universally. The spirituality of Society begins and lives in the home visit. Vincent realized that people experiencing poverty “touched his heart” in a profound way. Vincent constantly found God’s presence in events and in the people involved in them, he came to know that indeed “God is here.”
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Including the Home Visit portion of the Ozanam Orientation, Beyond the Home Visit, and more!
Session 6.4 of Module VI of the Serving in Hope Formation Program offers a two part, in-depth look at the Home Visit. This Session will help Vincentians to appreciate how the Home Visit is rooted in our heritage, to recognize the attitudes of a Vincentian heart, and to understand the importance of Home Visit Teams. Use this 30-minutes session at a Conference meeting as renewal for current members, or to introduce new members to the Home Visit.
Materials from the Seattle/King County Council
This presentation is a modified version of the one used in our Rendu Orientation: The Spirituality of the Home Visit, we hope you find it helpful!
Last September, Vincentian leaders from across the county joined together to reflect on virtual visits during COVID-19 and how we can bring our spirituality to this deeply challenging time. The central focus was on ways to transform the “phone visit” into an action that more closely resembles the classic home visit.
Ground Rules For Visitation by Michael S. Syslo
The home visit and spirituality are at the core of the St. Vincent de Paul mission. These are excerpts from an interview with Father Kevin Moran, ADC Spiritual Advisor.
Scripture and its application to our work are very important parts of our preparation and delivery to help neighbors who need assistance. We have chatted with Vincentians and Father Kevin to probe some of the insights from scripture which can be applied to our work in home visits.
In many cases, the Home Visit will lead to the Conference responding directly to the neighbor’s needs by assisting with food, rent, utilities, etc. In the event that the Conference’s help is not sufficient, there are several options to support the neighbor, including referral to other agencies that might be able to assist or to SVdP Community Connectors. In certain cases, a neighbor’s story may reveal that they are a good fit for a referral to SVdP Case Management.