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  • Debbie Garcia Helps To Open Our Thrift Store

    Debbie, her husband Rich, along with dozens of other faithful Christians devote their time to preparing our new SVdP Thrift Store.

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  •                  OUR GULF COAST

       Along our Coastal shores we shop, dine and conduct business in our communities. Our families worship and thrive.

    • Population about 400,000.
    • Six counties (Harrison, Hancock, Jackson, George, Stone, and Pearl River) and five entitlement cities: Biloxi, Gulfport, Pascagoula, Ocean Springs, and Moss Point.
    • With about 400 homeless on the streets males over the age of 55 are the largest homeless group.
    • Women and women with children are a significant second, and increasing.
    • Women who have not experienced domestic violence and families have few places to turn too for help.
    • The most vulnerable individuals for sex trafficking are runaways and LGBTQIA+ youth.
    • There are 4.95 people trafficked per 100K in Mississippi each and every year.
    • Economically, Mississippi is one of the poorest states in the country.
    • High rates of poverty and unemployment.
    • Since 2012 the Chronicle of Philanthropy's rated Mississippi’s the second most charitable state per capita. 

       The current disbursed temporary shelters along our Gulf Coast are primarily overnight shelters for cold nights or Family Shelters specifically for abused women. Space is limited. No facility offers a broad breadth of social services as most are Day Shelters.

    • Temporary respite or extended sheltering of women, children, men, or families is limited.
    • Services are scarce and those available are broadly distributed serving small areas.
    • Many experience homelessness.

    One of the goals of our St Maximilian Kolbe Conference is to help SVdP Conferences to help to develop Community-based Care Centers that would lead to the development of a centrally located Family Homeless Shelter that will:
    • Ensure those left out in the cold have access to safe respite and sheltering.
    • Provide those experiencing addictions, abuse, trafficking, in-need of medical/mental care access counselors and programs.
    • Provide individuals with job skills training, help with education and language skills, and a resource for job assistence.
    • develop a program in the form of Rapid Re-Housing to move people into long-term, permanent, affordable, housing.
    • Provide sufficient programs offering needed support.
    • Offer physical and spiritual healing


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       "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. Then the richeous will answer him saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, and thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you in prison and visit you?'....

    Matthew 25:35-40

       St. Vincent de Paul’s (SVdP) St. Maximilian Kolbe Conference is geographically located in the most Southern Counties of Mississippi.

    • We collaborate and support the SVdP Conferences that aid the poor, the disenfranchised, the marginalized, and those of low incomes.
    • Without regard to race, gender, nationality, income, sexual preference, or religious affiliation, our Conference members come from, and actively participate with multiple churches, other religious and non-religious communities, organizations, and community governments to provide needed services throughout Southern Mississippi.
    • We're a stand-alone Conference and a separate legal entity, not being directly linked to any single church, parish, or organization.

        The St. Maximilian Kolbe Conference has a long-term goal of developing the needed resources and facilities to assist those in-need and to reduce the homeless population along the Gulf Coast. Through your generous donations, we will develop a stable revenue stream that will help to create an efficient community Help Center in our communities helping the poor, those in-need, and working families in-need. Because of community policies, a community-based Help Center cannot be  housed within our thrift stores, but we will help these to be created where communities will allow.
       A community-based Help Center would have the ability to provide a food pantry, meal preparation with a kitchen, laundry facilities, hygiene, restrooms and showers, counseling, continuing education, and other community-based services. 

    After our third year, profitable revenues from thrift stores will begin to provide sufficient funds to initiate the planning and development of an independent, self-sustaining, centralized SVDP Family Homeless Shelter. In collaboration with other organizations, a separate nonprofit corporation will be established to support this project. Our thrift stores and other existing community-based social services would help to stabilize the on-going operations of a SVDP Family Homeless Shelter. This has been accomplished in Many other communities served by SVDP, with over 450 SVDP Thrift Stores, benefiting communities.

    Our hope is that your deep faith and compassion for others will motivate you to help us accomplish what other SVDP entities have already done.



    OUR MISSION - To alleviate pain and suffering, in a spirit of charity, justice, and mercy through person to person involvement providing assistance to fill the needs of the homeless.
    -Our vision is rooted in the belief, in the dignity of all people. We strive to harness the power of the human spirit to end homelessness, alleviate poverty, and improve the quality of life in our communities.

    Your gracious support is needed and greatly appreciated.
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