The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a nonprofit organization that helps those living in poverty, will sponsor its fourth annual Church Street Challenge at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, starting and ending in the St. Christopher's Church parking lot in Nisswa.
The Church Street Challenge is a 1.5-mile walk to benefit those in need in local communities. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m.
All proceeds and donations from the event will directly benefit the people in the local communities SVdP serves, and there are no administrative fees associated with the event. Participants may register and make a donation the day of the walk; 100% of funds raised go directly to those in need.
The event is held near Sept. 27, the feast day of the society’s patron, St. Vincent de Paul, who ministered to the poor in Paris in the 17th century. The walk in each community is designed and run by the St. Vincent de Paul Conference in that area.
The Church Street Challenge is sponsored by St. Anthony’s Living Water Conference of Our Lady of the Lakes Parish in Pequot Lakes, Nisswa and Pine River.
Services SVdP provides include helping people in crisis situations with spiritual support, emergency financial assistance, and referral and counseling information. One of the largest charitable organizations in the world, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international, nonprofit, Catholic lay organization of more than 800,000 men and women who voluntarily join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in 155 countries on five continents. With the U.S. headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, membership in the United States totals more than 100,000 in 4,400 communities.
SVdP offers a variety of programs and services worldwide, including home visits, housing assistance, disaster relief, education and mentoring, food pantries, dining halls, clothing and assistance with transportation, prescription medicine and utility costs. The society works to provide care for the sick, the incarcerated and the elderly.
Over the past year, SVdP provided more than $3.4 billion in tangible and in-kind services to those in need, made more than 2.1 million personal visits (homes, hospitals, prisons and eldercare facilities), and helped approximately 5.4 million people regardless of race, religion or national origin.