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  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul Houston

Welcoming Hope with Open Arms

Updated: Jul 3, 2020

Angela’s family took multiple losses in her family around the same time she lost her home to the historic Hurricane Harvey disaster. She lost her Aunt Martha and sister-in-law and also lost the opportunity to visit her family in Michigan and be part of her brother-in-law’s ceremony to become a deacon.

Losing her home brought her family financial instability and uncertainty resulting in being unable to attend her family’s funerals.

Angela was visited by one of our Vincentians at Epiphany Catholic Church. There, she met Cynthia and described her interaction with her as both amazing and compassionate. After paying a home visit, the Vincentian evaluated the family’s situation and knew immediately they needed assistance with furniture to transform an empty space into a new home.

The living room had no couches and the family had no table to eat dinner together. The bedrooms were empty and the family was sleeping on the floor with a few blankets and pillows.

“The volunteers not only made me feel safe and cared for. They also made me feel like they truly understood my loss. They helped my family feel hope again,” said Angela.

Angela’s family beamed with excitement upon seeing the infamous blue truck pull up at their residence. The men assembled the furniture and positioned them where Angela directed them to. Their empty space was now a real home.

“It’s unbelievable how furniture plays an important role in our lives. Now we can eat together as a family. My daughter now has a soft and warm bed to sleep in. She has a table where she can comfortably do her homework. We truly feel blessed to have found the society.”


Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals

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