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Seeing Christ in the face of the poor

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    Some 120 people from various branches of the Vincentian Family gathered in Nairobi, Kenya for an intense three-day workshop focused on wise asset management, strategic planning and grant writing.

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    How does the Society of St. Vincent de Paul achieve Systemic Change?

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    Could you explain Systemic Change in 10 steps?

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    Breaking out of poverty with the Vincent de Paul Society

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    If you are looking for a role model for the Vincentian Family thrust for systemic change the St. John’s University chapter of the Ladies of Charity USA honored one at their Evening of Hope

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    FaViLa Day 3 – Systemic change and Mayan ball game

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    Available in seven different languages, the Systemic Change Commission has recently updated their resources for systemic change. The Commission was founded to promote the framework for a new approach for doing the Vincentian work of charity. You can view and download the kits here.

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    Brief Note: Don’t forget: if you are beginning a Systemic Change project, there is much information available in the systemic change toolkits. Click this link to view the toolkits in many languages. And pass on the quick link to everyone: http://famvin.org/toolkits .

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    True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.”

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    Systemic change in the life of Vincent

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    Know your audience. Know your goal. Know your biases. Know your resources… These and other tips for systemic change training can be found at VinFormation!

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    (The development professional were certain that indoor water faucets would aid development but )….had development professionals not instantly assumed that walking to a well was a burden, they might have realized that the water faucets installed inside houses in a remote African village were cutting into women’s sacred time. Women in that particular area considered […]

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    Typhoon Falcon cannot stop the meeting for the Vincentian Family Philippines Collaborative Project on Systemic Change – Tanauan (Adamson University, July 9, 2015) Pam Mantuhac added 4 new photos to her Facebook page.  Attendees: Ana Maria P. Escano – CoM VMY, SC Tanauan Project Coordinator Sr. Malou Baaco, DC – Daughters of Charity Fr. Dario Pacheco, […]

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    The Brookings Institution’s latest report ought to be of great interest to the Vincentian Family. Our mission, our strategies and our experience can be brought to bear for the analysis of this landmark document, and serve as a partial basis for future collaborative planning. Laurence Chandy, Hiroshi Kato, and Homi Kharas have edited a fine […]

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    Systemic change has many names. This article “The Rise of Antipoverty Relational Work” uses terminology, “relational work”, not familiar to most in the Vincentian Family, to describe nonprofits revolutionary change in approach to solutions to poverty. Whatever the name, the emphasis is on going from a “transactional” to a “transformational” mode that is oriented to […]

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    Under the title “What Do the Poor Need? Try Asking Them” David L. Kirp writes in the Sunday Review of a principle that is bedrock for the Vincentian Family approach to systemic change. Invite everyone to the table, especially those most affected! He writes, FOR decades, policy makers have treated poverty as a sign of […]

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    The St. Louis Review describes the reaction of the young adults who attended “The Vincentian Family Responds to Ferguson,” a gathering of members of the associations or congregations whose apostolates in St. Louis are inspired by the Vincentian charism of service to people living in poverty. The stated goals of the event: To develop a […]

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    The latest edition of the Ladies of Charity USA Servicette is attached. It features a wonderful article on Vincentian collaboration. LCUSA President Mary Ann Dantuono reflects on how Collaboration and systemic change are important. She writes… The elements of collaboration are key to understanding what is being asked of us in this special year. First, in […]

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  • 10/31/15--07:27: Asking important questions
  • In his weekly column to the members of the Vincent de Paul Society, CEO Dave Barringer has a habit of asking important questions. This week is no exception. The question he asks is something that all branches on the Vincentian Family can ask. Do we sometimes not see unintended consequences of our efforts to serve those in need. […]

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    West Virginia Conference allows people in need to Grow your own The saying goes, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” The St. Louise de Marillac Conference, also known as the Conference of Southern West Virginia, has taken […]

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