Annual St. Vincent de Paul Friends of the Poor Walk

The Arthur Teague Parkway in Bossier City served as one of the locations of the 6th annual Friends of the Poor® Walk/Run on September 28. The Walk, conducted by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP), is a nationwide event intended to raise awareness of the challenges faced by the nation’s poor and to raise funds for use in direct service to the poor. Approximately 100 people joined in the Walk in Bossier City representing nine different SVdP Conferences from churches across Shreveport, Bossier City and Monroe. Just over $7,000 was raised, reflecting an increase of over 35% from last year’s total, providing much needed funds for each conference. All funds raised locally will be used locally within each St. Vincent de Paul conference.

One of the oldest and most successful charitable organizations in the world, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul  is a Catholic lay organization of more than 700,000 men and women throughout the world who voluntarily join together to grow spiritually and offer person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in 149 countries on six continents. With the U.S. headquarters in St. Louis, MO, membership in the United States totals more than 146,000 in 4,600 communities.

by Brian Burgess

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