St. Vincent de Paul is a social service agency for adults and families in the Miami Valley who are "on the brink of becoming homeless or who are already homeless." Every year they serve more than 100,000 people, operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Each year, through their Mission Gala, the organization raises the lion-share of funding they need to operate annually. This year's event "Unmasking Poverty" will reveal preconceived notions of poverty - the faces of the families in need in our community.
This year's event takes place Saturday Oct. 7, 2017.
In this interview with WYSO's Jerry Kenney, Adam Wik, marketing and communications manager at St. Vincent, says the organization's focus is to help clients own their challenges, take control of their lives and be self-sufficient. Wik also describes how the agency is structured and what funding challenges they face.