EDMONTON – A wonderful symbiotic relationship exists between the Knights of Columbus and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP), all for the ultimate benefit of those in our community who struggle just to meet their basic needs.
The 450 volunteers of SSVP in Edmonton work long but fulfilling hours, meeting one-on-one with our less fortunate neighbours - providing food, utilities and rental assistance to prevent evictions, helpful guidance and moral support in the example of Christ.
More than 1,200 calls are received each month by the society - from neighbours-in-need asking for help or from supporters donating furniture and household goods.
This demanding work is supported generously by the Knights of Columbus councils around Edmonton, and provincially. Each year local Knights councils advance funds to SSVP to provide help to the needy.
In March 2012, the Alberta Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation donated $10,000. These funds will go to the Edmonton Central Council to be used primarily for the purchase of beds and cribs for needy children, including infants, in all Edmonton and area SSVP conferences.
There is a great need for these items and this donation will enable the society to make bulk purchases and thereby help more needy families at less cost.
Other councils regularly advance what they can to SSVP conferences in their parishes, in amounts ranging from $500 to $5,000. Every penny goes to helping the poor out of desperate situations.
In spring 2011, the various K of C councils around Edmonton gathered some $40,000 for the purchase of a second three-tonne truck for the SSVP, to facilitate the pickup and delivery of used furniture and household supplies donated for those in need.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul workers remain continually grateful to the Knights of Columbus, who act as benefactors to the poor through these gifts.