The Vincentian Service Corps West, a Catholic volunteer program, welcomes people from other faith traditions.
Volunteers come from all over the United States to begin their year of service and shared faith journey at Orientation. They gather as strangers with similar beliefs and values who seek to make a difference for the most vulnerable in our society.
Throughout the year, they share the joys and sorrows of serving the poor at weekly Community Nights. These evenings are dedicated to sharing a meal, supporting one another and bringing concerns to reflection and prayer.
Volunteers are encouraged to support and nourish their faith by developing personal and community reflection lives. In service they strive to see the face of Christ in those they teach, to recognize Him in the homeless, those coping with substance abuse, youth caught in gang culture, and to serve Him in the sick and elderly.
Reflection/Support Weekends are offered five times during the year. During these enrichment weekends, volunteers reflect on their experiences and celebrate service—its challenges, joys, and opportunities for growth.
The example of St. Vincent de Paul challenges volunteers to integrate spirituality into their lives. They are called to know and reflect on the Gospel message so that it becomes their own conviction. The Gospel is the underlying core that motivates one to serve the poor with gentleness, compassion and respect.
“I feel I’ve matured. I’ve gained patience, tolerance and endurance. I’ve gained an understanding that I need to keep the lines of communication open between God and myself. I have to continue looking for Christ in people and realize that God loves them all.”
—Edgar Figueroa, 2001-2002
“There are constant interactions with those we serve, so even if it just means getting a razor for them, or opening a closet to store their backpack, it can be a chance to live the Gospel.”
—Charles Clinton, 2001-2002