“To be faithful is to persevere in the service of God, right to the end, for without perseverance, all is lost.” – Saint Vincent de Paul.
Matthew* is a college student who recently contacted the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for rental assistance.
"I was in a car accident last month, which caused me to lose one week of work. One doctor visit led to another and things got worse," Matthew explained.
Due to the physical injuries sustained in the accident, he was unable to perform certain tasks leading him to lose his job in medical research. We scheduled him for a Home Visit to learn more about his unique situation.
"I just need help with my rent this month. That's all I need to get back on my feet," he explained during the Home Visit.
We learned about his journey and the many obstacles he had to overcome on the path to success. He is the oldest of nine siblings who grew up in a poor neighborhood in the Midwest. Statistics indicated that he and his siblings did not have much chance to break the cycle of poverty, but his grandmother and mother believed in him and all of his siblings. Everyday, they challenged and prayed for him and his siblings to overcome life’s obstacles. The prayers and perseverance worked.
Matthew earned a scholarship to play on a Midwest NCAA Division 1 football team. His team was highly ranked and even won a BCS bowl game one year. Several of his teammates now play in the NFL. Matthew is one credit hour away from finishing a degree in communications, while also pursuing a medical degree specializing in radiology.
Matthew moved to Houston earlier in the year to continue his education and begin a career in medicine. He is the first in his family to graduate from college. Matthew's siblings are also following his path and the next three are in college. His ultimate ambition is to attend medical school. He has remained active in his faith and has become involved in a local church.
After hearing his story, we said "yes, we can help."
He still has pain in his wrist and a twisted rib from the car accident, but that has not stopped him from reaching his goals. In December, Matthew will start a new job in diagnostic radiology in a major hospital.
About the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP): The Society is a faith-based nonprofit organization helping economically disadvantaged families in the greater Galveston-Houston area since 1871. We are a network of 58 parish-based chapters with over 1,900 Vincentian volunteers performing Home Visits every day. Stories are submitted monthly by our Vincentians. *Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.