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opinion Fargo, 58102
Fargo ND 101 5th Street North 58102

‘The poor will always be with us.” “Why don’t they just get a job?” “They choose to live that way.” These are comments we hear quite often in discussions concerning those in need seeking financial assistance, food and shelter. Those who criticize them have no idea of the stories they share with us.

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The Legislative Commission to End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020 held its first hearing on Aug. 2, 2007. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a worldwide organization in 149 countries, has developed a Strategic Plan to end poverty by 2020.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has a diverse, well-trained membership of men and women who act to alleviate the immediate needs of those we serve and work to encourage their independence. Although we are a Catholic lay organization, the society welcomes people of all faith traditions to collaborate and participate in the work we do. We are known as a trusted partner by agencies that we work together with by providing resources effectively and compassionately to meet their needs.

We serve all who request our assistance by visiting them in their home rather than an office. We go two by two, just as Jesus sent his disciples. We strive to grow spiritually by our service to others, for they are our masters and we are their servants. We work with clergy and the Vincentian family to seek out and serve on a person-to-person basis those who are forgotten, needy or suffering without regard to race, religion or ethnic background. No act of charity is foreign to the society. As members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul we see the face of Christ in those we serve.

We thank those in our community for their generosity and especially our local parishioners for their financial support. To continue our mission to serve those in need, we are holding our Annual Huge Sale at St. Joseph’s School Gym in Moorhead on Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone wishing to donate small home furnishings, household items, toys, books, jewelry, sporting goods, children’s clothing, etc. can bring the items to the school gym at 1005 2nd Ave. S., Moorhead, on Wednesday between 4 and 8 p.m.

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