VDP Records Rise in Young Families in Need


The St Vincent de Paul has seen an increase in calls from young families in need during the recession


A spokesman for the SVP told The Irish Catholic that “calls for help are up 100 per cent since 2009 and there has been a noticeable increase in calls from young families with children”.

“Most of these families’ financial difficulties have been contributed to by mortgage arrears,” the spokesman said.

“However, the society is not in a position to help people pay their mortgages but can refer them onto people who can help in some way.”

“The Saint Vincent de Paul generally helps out with some of the basics – food, energy and education.

“The society can also offer somebody to talk to, be that by visiting or simply listening to them,” he said.

While donations remain steady despite austere times, the SVP have said the increasing number of young families seeking their help has meant resources have become stretched.

“Donations are holding up,” their spokesman said. “Although with the demand on services continuing to rise, resources are being stretched.

“We rely on public donations to continue our work and are very grateful to the public for their continued support. Butlers Chocolates have also been very generous with their donation,” he said.

Butlers Chocolates held their charity initiative ‘Butlers Cup for SVP’ on Tuesday.  The initiative saw all Butlers donate all the sales from their hot drinks sold in any of its cafés nationwide to the SVP.