voice of the poor

voice of the poor PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 228 Views
  • Updated On :
  • Presentation posted in: General

Advocacy Arm. Advocacy Arm of SVdPWhat do we do?Why is VOP part of SVdP?How does VOP help the poor?. Pope John Paul II.

Download Presentation

voice of the poor

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Presentation Transcript


1. VOICE OF THE POOR Voice of the Poor wants to thank you for inviting us to your meeting and giving us the opportunity to talk to you about Voice of the Poor.Voice of the Poor wants to thank you for inviting us to your meeting and giving us the opportunity to talk to you about Voice of the Poor.

2. Advocacy Arm Advocacy Arm of SVdP What do we do? Why is VOP part of SVdP? How does VOP help the poor? The questions we are most often asked by groups such as yours include: What is Voice of the Poor? Why is VOP part of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul? How does Voice of the Poor actually help the poor? We’re here to answer those questions, to explain why Voice of the Poor was created, define its mission, and discuss how we can work together with you to improve the lives of those we serve: the poor, the marginalized, and the disenfranchised. In short, VOP is the advocacy arm of SVdP.The questions we are most often asked by groups such as yours include: What is Voice of the Poor? Why is VOP part of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul? How does Voice of the Poor actually help the poor? We’re here to answer those questions, to explain why Voice of the Poor was created, define its mission, and discuss how we can work together with you to improve the lives of those we serve: the poor, the marginalized, and the disenfranchised. In short, VOP is the advocacy arm of SVdP.

3. Pope John Paul II “It is time for a ‘fresh approach to charity,’ which promotes not only the efficacy of assistance given, but the ability to be close to, and in solidarity with, those who suffer.” Pope John Paul II told us, “It is time for a ‘fresh approach to charity,’ which promotes not only the efficacy of assistance given, but the ability to be close to, and in solidarity with, those who suffer.” In the vital work of your Conference, you are fulfilling the all-important mission of providing the day-to-day needs of the poor. The mission of Voice of the Poor is to care for the poor on a longer-term basis, by being advocates for change in public policies that are detrimental to the poor. We do this by working to identify the underlying issues that perpetuate the cycles of poverty and calling upon government officials and the greater society to address these issues.Pope John Paul II told us, “It is time for a ‘fresh approach to charity,’ which promotes not only the efficacy of assistance given, but the ability to be close to, and in solidarity with, those who suffer.” In the vital work of your Conference, you are fulfilling the all-important mission of providing the day-to-day needs of the poor. The mission of Voice of the Poor is to care for the poor on a longer-term basis, by being advocates for change in public policies that are detrimental to the poor. We do this by working to identify the underlying issues that perpetuate the cycles of poverty and calling upon government officials and the greater society to address these issues.

4. Answering the Call 2000 National Council called for advocacy committees. This led to the creation of the National Voice of the Poor Committee. There are now 67 Voice of the Poor Committees in the United States. The National Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul heard the call and began the process of answering it. In the year 2000, the National Council called for the formation of committees to advocate for the poor at the national, regional, and local levels. This led to the creation of the National Voice of the Poor Committee. There are now 67 Voice of the Poor Committees in dioceses across the United States.The National Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul heard the call and began the process of answering it. In the year 2000, the National Council called for the formation of committees to advocate for the poor at the national, regional, and local levels. This led to the creation of the National Voice of the Poor Committee. There are now 67 Voice of the Poor Committees in dioceses across the United States.

5. Rule 7 International Rule includes Rule 7. Rule 7 articulates the relationship with civil society. Rule 7 directs us to work for social justice by seeking midterm and long-term solutions. The importance that the Society of St. Vincent de Paul places on advocacy as part of its mission of caring for the poor is emphasized by the inclusion of Rule 7 in the International Rule. Rule 7 articulates the relationship with civil society, directing us not only to continue providing immediate assistance to the poor, but also to work for social justice by seeking midterm and longterm solutions. Rule 7 reflects Catholic social and justice teaching. A copy of the text is included in your handout package. The importance that the Society of St. Vincent de Paul places on advocacy as part of its mission of caring for the poor is emphasized by the inclusion of Rule 7 in the International Rule. Rule 7 articulates the relationship with civil society, directing us not only to continue providing immediate assistance to the poor, but also to work for social justice by seeking midterm and longterm solutions. Rule 7 reflects Catholic social and justice teaching. A copy of the text is included in your handout package.

6. Module 4 Serving in Hope Module IV addresses the role of Vincentians in bringing charity and justice to those we serve. Serving in Hope Module IV from the National Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul also addresses the role of Vincentians in bringing charity and justice to those we serve. Blessed Frédéric Ozanam’s insistence that charity and justice must go together is considered a precursor of Catholic social teaching.Serving in Hope Module IV from the National Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul also addresses the role of Vincentians in bringing charity and justice to those we serve. Blessed Frédéric Ozanam’s insistence that charity and justice must go together is considered a precursor of Catholic social teaching.

7. Mission Statement VOP provides education regarding issues affecting the poor. VOP advocates for the poor at all levels of government, working with elected officials and other policy makers. The mission of VOP involves both education and advocacy. VOP provides education regarding issues affecting the poor, both to local SVdP Conferences and to the larger community. And we seek to learn from Conference members about issues and trends you observe. VOP also advocates for the poor at all levels of government, working with elected officials and other policy makers.The mission of VOP involves both education and advocacy. VOP provides education regarding issues affecting the poor, both to local SVdP Conferences and to the larger community. And we seek to learn from Conference members about issues and trends you observe. VOP also advocates for the poor at all levels of government, working with elected officials and other policy makers.

8. Source of Position Papers Written by the National Committee Approved by the Council Members Published on the National Website Formal Voice of the Poor Position Statements are written by the National Committee, approved by the Council Members, and published on the national website.Formal Voice of the Poor Position Statements are written by the National Committee, approved by the Council Members, and published on the national website.

9. Current Position Statements Just Wages for SVdP Employees Affordable Housing for the Poor Health Care for the Poor Immigration Fair Wages for All One of the issues identified by VOP as being a root cause of the cycle of poverty is a lack of just wages. VOP decided to set an example by implementing a just-wage policy for all employees of the Society. Other issues affecting those we serve include the lack of affordable housing and health care, immigration, and fair wages for all. These issues are the subject of current formal Position Statements. We urge you to take the time to read and discuss these Position Statements and pray about them.One of the issues identified by VOP as being a root cause of the cycle of poverty is a lack of just wages. VOP decided to set an example by implementing a just-wage policy for all employees of the Society. Other issues affecting those we serve include the lack of affordable housing and health care, immigration, and fair wages for all. These issues are the subject of current formal Position Statements. We urge you to take the time to read and discuss these Position Statements and pray about them.

10. National Web-Based Resources National Voice of the Poor Committee website, www.voiceofthepoor.org Poverty news Links to related sites Contact information for other VOP committees Access to VOP resources Regional and legislative updates Forum for posting articles and communicating with other members As part of the Voice of the Poor mission to educate Conference members as well as the general public, the National Voice of the Poor Committee developed and maintains a website (voiceofthepoor.org) that is a rich source of news and information. In addition to poverty news, this site provides contact information for other Voice of the Poor committees, links to related sites, access to Voice of the Poor resources, regional and legislative updates, and a forum for posting articles and communicating electronically with other members.As part of the Voice of the Poor mission to educate Conference members as well as the general public, the National Voice of the Poor Committee developed and maintains a website (voiceofthepoor.org) that is a rich source of news and information. In addition to poverty news, this site provides contact information for other Voice of the Poor committees, links to related sites, access to Voice of the Poor resources, regional and legislative updates, and a forum for posting articles and communicating electronically with other members.

11. Upcoming Issues Federal & State Budget Issues Affecting the Poor Food Stamps Medicaid/AHCCCS Affordable Housing Homeless Issues Immigration Issues High-Interest Payday Loans More info at www.usccb.org Voice of the Poor anticipates that familiar issues will continue to be a source of concern and a cause for advocacy. Federal and state budget issues, which usually involve cuts in programs benefitting the poor – such as food stamps, Medicaid/AHCCCS, and affordable housing – always call upon us to be advocates for those we serve. The problem of the homeless remains on the agenda. Immigration is a subject of much interest and discussion on both the state and federal level. Detailed information on the Catholic position on this and other social justice issues can be found on the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (usccb.org). The impact of high-interest payday loans is rapidly becoming a serious issue for our clients and must be addressed.Voice of the Poor anticipates that familiar issues will continue to be a source of concern and a cause for advocacy. Federal and state budget issues, which usually involve cuts in programs benefitting the poor – such as food stamps, Medicaid/AHCCCS, and affordable housing – always call upon us to be advocates for those we serve. The problem of the homeless remains on the agenda. Immigration is a subject of much interest and discussion on both the state and federal level. Detailed information on the Catholic position on this and other social justice issues can be found on the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (usccb.org). The impact of high-interest payday loans is rapidly becoming a serious issue for our clients and must be addressed.

12. Unity Achieved through Education and Collaboration Networking with other VOP chapters Networking with other organizations dedicated to eradicating poverty To be effective, we must be united in mind and spirit. We must educate ourselves by networking with other VOP chapters, as well as other organizations dedicated to eradicating poverty.To be effective, we must be united in mind and spirit. We must educate ourselves by networking with other VOP chapters, as well as other organizations dedicated to eradicating poverty.

13. Stay Informed Read all you can. Visit the National VOP site regularly. Listen to the poor you visit: Do social justice issues contribute to their plight? Designate a VOP liaison from your Conference to keep you updated. You can be an informed friend of VOP and help the cause by reading all you can about the problem of poverty, visiting the national VOP website regularly, and listening to the poor when you visit them and asking yourself, “Are there social justice issues contributing to their plight?” Designate someone in your Conference to be your liaison to VOP. That person will be sent email notices concerning current issues that can be shared with all the members of your Conference. VOP meetings are open to all. You can be an informed friend of VOP and help the cause by reading all you can about the problem of poverty, visiting the national VOP website regularly, and listening to the poor when you visit them and asking yourself, “Are there social justice issues contributing to their plight?” Designate someone in your Conference to be your liaison to VOP. That person will be sent email notices concerning current issues that can be shared with all the members of your Conference. VOP meetings are open to all.

14. Be Active Join VOP. Tell the stories of the poor. Watch for patterns. Voice your concerns. Vote. You can participate actively in the effort of VOP by joining the VOP Committee, telling the stories of the poor you visit, staying alert to patterns in the underlying causes of poverty, notifying VOP when you detect a problem that VOP might be able to address, sharing your concerns with others, and voting.You can participate actively in the effort of VOP by joining the VOP Committee, telling the stories of the poor you visit, staying alert to patterns in the underlying causes of poverty, notifying VOP when you detect a problem that VOP might be able to address, sharing your concerns with others, and voting.

15. ABCs of Effective Advocacy Find out who your local, state, and national representatives are. Follow up on Action Alerts. Identify yourself as a constituent and an SVdP member. Follow up on Action Alerts by calling, emailing, or faxing the office of your personal elected representatives. There may be 4-5 emailed Action Alerts per week when Congress and your state legislature are in session. You don’t have to respond to all of them to be effective. Learn who your legislators are. Remember that a few calls can make a difference in your lawmaker’s decision on a specific issue. Emphasize that you are a constituent and a member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and that you work directly with the needy. You will most likely speak to a secretary or legislative intern, who will note your name, where you live, and your position. Do not be intimidated. Remember, the representatives work for you. A legislative directory is included in your handout package.Follow up on Action Alerts by calling, emailing, or faxing the office of your personal elected representatives. There may be 4-5 emailed Action Alerts per week when Congress and your state legislature are in session. You don’t have to respond to all of them to be effective. Learn who your legislators are. Remember that a few calls can make a difference in your lawmaker’s decision on a specific issue. Emphasize that you are a constituent and a member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and that you work directly with the needy. You will most likely speak to a secretary or legislative intern, who will note your name, where you live, and your position. Do not be intimidated. Remember, the representatives work for you. A legislative directory is included in your handout package.

16. The VOP/SVdP Connection We work for both charity and justice. We are nonpartisan. We speak with one voice: the Voice of the Poor! In addition to being “the voice of the poor,” we are also your voice, the voice of the men and women who serve in the Conferences. We work for both charity and justice. We are nonpartisan. We speak with one voice: the voice of the poor!In addition to being “the voice of the poor,” we are also your voice, the voice of the men and women who serve in the Conferences. We work for both charity and justice. We are nonpartisan. We speak with one voice: the voice of the poor!

17. Stay Focused Does it help the poor and vulnerable? Stay focused on the goal. Define the issues. Before beginning any new project, ask yourself this question: “Does it help the poor and vulnerable?”Stay focused on the goal. Define the issues. Before beginning any new project, ask yourself this question: “Does it help the poor and vulnerable?”

18. “Never give in charity what is owed in justice!” Pope John XXIII What did Pope John XXIII mean by instructing us never to give in charity what is owed in justice? Perhaps to remind us that many of the things that we in the Conferences provide to the poor as acts of charity are actually due to them as a simple matter of justice: basic things like food and shelter.What did Pope John XXIII mean by instructing us never to give in charity what is owed in justice? Perhaps to remind us that many of the things that we in the Conferences provide to the poor as acts of charity are actually due to them as a simple matter of justice: basic things like food and shelter.

19. Blessed Frédéric Ozanam Envisioned the establishment of a network of charity and social justice encircling the globe. We Vincentians serve the poor in various ways, and we do it together, striving for the greater good. Surely our vision can be no less than the vision of our founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam.We Vincentians serve the poor in various ways, and we do it together, striving for the greater good. Surely our vision can be no less than the vision of our founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam.

20. Embrace the World “I would like to embrace the whole world in a network of charity.” Remember Frédéric’s words, take up the challenge, and go forward. Together, we can make a difference! Together, we can work toward Frédéric’s dream of embracing the world in a network of love. Thank you for your time. I hope we have given you lots of food for thought, thought that will lead to action, action that will benefit the poor. May God bless us all!Remember Frédéric’s words, take up the challenge, and go forward. Together, we can make a difference! Together, we can work toward Frédéric’s dream of embracing the world in a network of love. Thank you for your time. I hope we have given you lots of food for thought, thought that will lead to action, action that will benefit the poor. May God bless us all!

  • Login