Thank you Taqueria Mexico for hosting the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Taco Tuesday Mixer. Although temperatures were a little low, the energy was high among our attendees.
Pura Santangelo, Director of Vincentian Services, expressed her excitement to finally be able to see a growing interest in a Society chapter for young adults.
“We have been trying for years to get the young adults involved so this is definitely an exciting night,” she said.
The first to arrive to our Taco Tuesday Mixer was Rosanna Galvan, a parishioner and Vincentian volunteer at St. Francis de Sales. Rosanna got involved through an invitation by Michaela Lydon.
“At first, I thought it would be a lot of commitment, but it's not." - Rosanna
Michaela is a Vincentian at the Society Conference in St. Francis de Sales. She joined the Society fresh out of high school. She was not only attracted to the mission, but to the history of the Society’s founding.
“Many people ignore the fact that the Society was founded by people like us, around this table. People, who at the time, were in their 20s and 30s." - Michaela
Michaela has been doing Home Visits for the last year and a half. She shared her struggles as well as the spirit of gratitude she feels knowing she has helped others.
“I serve the Southwest area and that area is diverse in all aspects. Sometimes we use google translate. Other times, we partner with someone who is bilingual." - Michaela
Orlando Herrera drove from the Clearlake area to sit with current members of the Society. He is a parishioner at St. Bernadette Catholic Church and member of the Bay Area Young Adult Ministry (BAYAM).
“BAYAM is a merging of several young adult groups in the Bay Area. I’m here because I want to be move involved in my faith." - Orlando
Isel Gomez says she heard about the event on Facebook.
“I’m a student at HCC, just down the street from here. I saw the Facebook event and I said to myself ‘why not? I’m bilingual, I know this area, and maybe it’s time for me to do more’." - Isel
Joe Higgs was invited to the event by his dad who was also in attendance.
“For the last few years, I’ve been teaching English in Spain. I’m now back home and I thought this group would be a great way to use my bilingual skills to serve the community." - Joe
This unique combination of young adults from diverse backgrounds gave us the feedback and suggestions we have been seeking. Several tacos later and after touching various subjects, it was time to go home. We handed our guests a small gift as a symbol of gratitude for sharing their time with us – until next time.
Next Event/Proximo Evento:
If you're between 18-35 and would like join our Vincentian family, please RSVP to this special event! We will first serve the community and follow it with a potluck.
About the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Young Adult Initiative:
The young adult group (18-35) will serve the surrounding areas of the Vincentian Service Center (VSC) located in zip code 77087. This area has about 27.8 percent of residents living below poverty levels. We currently don't have an active Conference that can visit our friends and provide assistance. Our friends in need are predominantly Spanish-speakers, but we are also seeing a growing Vietnamese community. Bilingual skills are a plus, but not required. For more information on this group, click here: