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11/26/2013 10:54:00 AM
Community members form society to assist needy and poor
St. Joseph’s Church. Photo/WGCN
St. Joseph’s Church. Photo/WGCN
Williams-Grand Canyon News

Community members formed a local chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul society earlier this month to serve Williams, Ash Fork and Seligman.

"We serve the needy and the poor regardless of their faith," said the local St. Joseph's conference president Patrick Lucas. "There's a real need in the community and that's why the society's been formed."

St. Vincent de Paul provides food boxes, medical and dental care, clothing and showers, hot meals, shelter and job referrals throughout northern Arizona.

Within the first few weeks of its formation, the St. Joseph's chapter had already helped families in all three communities with finding temporary housing and obtaining food, water and propane.

Volunteers run the St. Joseph's chapter, and membership is open to people of any faith. The chapter is still developing operating guidelines, discussing fundraising ideas and training members for home visits.

Founding members of St. Joseph's chapter represent all three communities. Regular chapter meetings, which are open to the public, will take place at parishes in each community.

The St. Vincent de Paul society started about 180 years ago, and now has more than 51,000 conferences in 143 countries. Operations in Northern Arizona started in 1946.

People can make a year-end donation to St. Vincent de Paul and receive a dollar for dollar charitable state tax credit. The tax credit applies to donations of as much as $200 per person or $400 for a couple filing jointly.

"People can write us a check in December and they get a tax credit in January dollar for dollar, so it's a great deal," Lucas said.

The St. Joseph's chapter raised $5,000 in a two-week period earlier this month.

Those interested in joining the local chapter or making a donation can email Lucas at or call St. Joseph's Church at (928) 635-2430.

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