St. Vincent De Paul Society helping families facing emergencies

The St. Vincent DePaul Society is looking to raise some big funds at the annual Walk for the Poor

At science class at the adult GED program run by the St. Vincent De Paul Society, there is the recipe for career success.

"I want to one day open my own restaurant, and be a big time chef," said student Kenneth Williams, who said he is getting all the help he needs from the program. "As long as I'm dedicated to coming every day, they're dedicated to helping me every day."

The St. Vincent De Paul Society operates in 27 area Catholic churches, offering emergency help, like filling prescriptions.

"We are very, very, very busy serving the indigent, elderly, low income, no income," said Executive Director, Deacon Rudy Rayfield. "We serve close to maybe 230-250 people a week."

But the St. Vincent De Paul Society urgently needs donations.

"We run short of funds quickly, because there are so many people that are in need to pay their bills," Rayfield said.

"They may call for an Entergy bill to be paid, but that's not what they need," said incoming Society President Alan Demma. "There's other things, they may not have food in the house.

This weekend, the society is staging a fundraising one-mile walk.

 "We have face painters, we have a disc jockey, we have plenty of food," said Society President Conner Ellis.

There are t-shirts, and everything is free, but they surely hope you'll make donations.

"The money stays local," Demma said. "It goes out to those who, we go out in teams and meet with the people in thier homes, to assess the needs that they really have. For information about the race, or for those facing emergencies, call 940-5031, Extension 10, or visit the race website at


(© 2016 WWL)


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