D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Volunteers are excited to stock the shelves and soon re-open the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Sacred Heart office. The group provides food and utility or rental assistance to D'Iberville residents in need.
"We see a lot of people that are down on their luck due to medical or loss of jobs," St. Vincent de Paul Society of Sacred Heart President Sandra Babuchna said."If we can provide a family with a basket of food, then we are doing what the Lord asked us to do."
Between October of 2012 and September of 2013, the non-profit provided groceries for 2,471 people and monetary assistance to 566. The year before that, the parish helped even more needy families.
"There is a tremendous amount of people that need help," Treasurer of St. Vincent de Paul Society Kathryn Lutz said. "We have people that sleep under the bridge. We have people that sleep in tents and that are homeless, and then we have people that have children that can't seem to pay their rent. We have a lot of people that need help, and so that's our purpose to help them."
These dedicated volunteers refused to let Hurricane Katrina put a stop to their mission, despite having to work in what they say were deplorable conditions with a leaky roof, no air conditioning and no running water.
"We survived," Babuchna said. "We knew this was coming, and we are just so grateful to the dear Lord that it's coming to fruition."
Since May, the group has been without a building to operate out of, but sometime in August, the volunteers will be moved into their permanent place.
"We feel as though we have died and gone to heaven," Babuchna said, laughing.
St. Vincent de Paul is always in need of donations and volunteers. If you would like to help, you can call 228-392-6008.