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Voice of the Poor

Voice of the Poor

Voice of the Poor Committee

Mission Statement

The mission of the Voice of the Poor Committee of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) Attleboro (Massachusetts) District Council is threefold:

  1. To be the “voice of the poor” for the disenfranchised in the Attleboro District in particular and for the needy and vulnerable in general, all in furtherance of the vision and call to advocacy of SVDP Founder Brother Frederic Ozanam;
  2. To foster awareness of the social justice message of the Gospels; and
  3. To promote the Christian goal of a society where all human beings have equal opportunity to reach their full potential.

In the spirit of the Catholic tradition, the Committee seeks to promote the dignity of the human person, the common good, community, economic justice, and the stewardship of God’s creation. And in the spirit of the Society of SVDP, the Committee seeks to be the “Voice of the Poor” to give voice to the voiceless.

Belief Statement

The Voice of the Poor Committee for Social Justice of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Attleboro District Council believes that Social Justice is the work of every person; moreover, the Committee believes that persons baptized in the Christian tradition have a special obligation to foster Social Justice. By Social Justice we mean changing policies, structures, and institutions so they work on behalf of the common good.

Operating Principles

The Voice of the Poor Committee for Social Justice of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Attleboro District Council:

  • Will operate as a committee of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Attleboro District Council.
  • Will base our activities on the biblical and theological foundations of Catholic social teaching.
  • Will emphasize the needs of the suffering by pursuing systemic change which addresses the dignity and rights of people who are disadvantaged.
  • Will maximize opportunities to assist and work with organizations, coalitions and neighborhood groups to promote common interests.
  • Will give priority to strategies which enable people to realize and act on their own power.
  • Will operate from and promote social action that includes both private, personal commitments to justice and also public, communal and institutional commitments to social justice.

Contact the Attleboro District Voice of the Poor Committee

You are invited to email the Committee regarding your Social Justice concerns, and let us know if you'd like to be included on our informational email distribution list. Write us at the Social Justice Committee email address: VOP@SVdPAttleboro.org