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NATIONAL COUNCIL OF THE UNITED STATES SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DEPAU
December 23, 2009

I have known the people at St. Vincent de Paul in Billings for seven years now. I have always known them to be caring and welcoming to all who come to them in need. They provide many types of assistance including food, rent and utility assistance, and representative payee services. They work with all kinds of people, from families and individuals who lose jobs and need to reach out for assistance, to men and women who are chronically homeless due to mental illness. They folks at SVDP have extraordinary patience and compassion and are known in Billings as the place to go when no one else, even other community service agencies, can help. St. Vincent de Paul also does a tremendous amount of work with very limited resources. I once asked an accountant I know who specializes in auditing nonprofits to look over SVDP's public financial statements, and he said that he has only seen a few organizations that produce as much "bang for the buck" as SVDP does. They operate a thrift store which covers all overhead for the charity office which means that 100% of all donations are distributed directly to those in need. I have given much time and money to St. Vincent de Paul over the years, always with complete confidence that it is being put to good use.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Helping people carry on despite extraordinary hardship.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Committed, patient and gentle people.

Ways to make it better...

I didn't have to leave.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Former volunteer & I helped recipients of disabilit y income to manage their money and pay their bills, and continue to support St. Vincent de Paul as a donor and friend.