The Phoenix VOP committee is working with our main SVdP office to develop a “Navigator Program” for the Diocesan Council. This program would help conferences locate resources to help the families they serve. It would also help Vincentians go the extra mile for families that need deeper options and assistance. Much of the thought process in this program is utilizing the ideas and theory of systemic change. Many times Vincentians could help a family or individual so much more...but just do not know of excellent programs and resources easily available to those we serve. We are in hopes of creating a team of Vincentians who are experts in seeking out the wide depth of available resources who then will work with conferences in need of direction and ideas to help families move forward and out of poverty. We also are working on a prisoner reentry program that is being developed by St. Vincent De Paul and an update of a Foster Care program for persons who are aging-out of the program.
Contributed by Julie Douglas