Watch the new 13 Houses video!

 The “13 Houses” Campaign is changing the lives of homeless people all around the world thanks to the collaboration between Vincentian branches. A few months ago, we brought you Abundio and his family’s story from Hueyapan, Mexico, and the work carried out by all the VF branches on the country...

The UN introduces homelessness on the agenda thanks to Vincentian advocacy

The UN has adopted the first resolution defining homelessness and asking countries to measure it. For the first time in its 75 years, the UN is considering homelessness as a mainstream policy issue. The work of the Vincentians has been crucial in helping to achieve this watershed moment. The...

Vincentians helping to develop Catholic Social Teaching on Homelessness

Members of the Famvin Homeless Alliance and broader Vincentian Family are helping to develop Catholic Social Teaching in the area of homelessness. They feature prominently as authors in Street Homelessness and Catholic Social Ethics, a collection of papers published by Orbis Press. This book,...

The Sisters of Mercy spread the Vincentian spark among young women in Tanzania

In 1960, four Sisters of the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy of St Vincent de Paul in Untermarchtal set out to serve Christ through their neighbours in the southwest of Tanzania, in line with their spiritual calling. The spark of Vincentian spirituality spread to local young women in Tanzania...

From Lebanon to Rwanda – in solidarity with refugees

The chaplaincy of the Mahama Burundian refugee camp received a visit from the Lebanese Missionary group for Charity from the 15th to the 25th of August last year. The visit was part of a collaboration inside the Famvin Homeless Alliance but also among FHA ambassadors for the “13 Houses” Campaign....

On top of the World – Diaries of a Vincentian

And suddenly I felt her little hand in mine. She had stood next to me for a while; staring up at me with her curious eyes; her bright smile framed by dusty, tangled hair. We were in the middle of a small square; surrounded by little houses; a buzzing community on the outskirts of Antananarivo,...

The FHA at the #Famvin2020Roma

The Famvin Homeless Alliance was present at the first meeting of all the Vincentian branches that took place in Rome from the 8th to the 12th of January 2020 under the motto The Vincentian Family Moving Forward. More than 100 branches came together at the Patristic Institute Augustinianum, where...

An open ear at the railway station

At the heart of community life. With an ever present calling. To be close to the people and to be open to the needs of the time is the common thread running through the history of the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy of St Vincent de Paul in Untermarchtal. For almost 170 years the religious...

I Know – Diaries of a Vincentian

It was freezing. I had just stepped out from the warm embrace of my hotel and needed a moment to adjust to the cold now filling my lungs. It was a wonderful day. Blue skies and winter sun. A thin layer of ice paved the road, some spots of frozen old snow here and there. Welcome to Kharkiv in...

14 ambassadors to spread the word about the Alliance

Our 14 volunteer ambassadors are already spreading the word about the Alliance all over the world. Since the launch of the FHA in 2017, it has been clear the team will need all the help possible to achieve its ambitious objectives. As a global initiative, not everything can be carried out by our...
Make us count in 2020!

Make us count in 2020!

2020 will be a crucial year to make homeless people count. In February, for the first time in its entire history, the UN will release a report on homelessness written by the Secretary General. This is an opportunity to begin a global strategy to end homelessness – an...

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12 months of 13 Houses!

12 months of 13 Houses!

The 13 Houses Campaign is one-year-old today! In these 12 months, the Campaign has grown from a single house in Little Rock, Arkansas (USA) to 37 projects in 28 countries. And this is only the beginning! We are expecting 24 new countries to join in the coming months!...

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Sharing the Word and a Meal – Diaries of a Vincentian

Sharing the Word and a Meal – Diaries of a Vincentian

Like almost any other Friday for the last six years, Ramona arrived drunk, hugging and kissing her friends, her breath smelling like cheap rum and drugs. There’s always a volunteer waiting for her at the playground in the St Peter Apostle parish school, to listen...

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A Voice of the Vincentian Laity

A Voice of the Vincentian Laity

Last week, Yasmine Cajuste, the FHA Project Development Manager, gave the lecture “A Voice of the Vincentian Laity: The Haiti Initiative and the FamVin Homeless Alliance” at the Center for World Catholicism & Intercultural Theology (CWCIT) in DePaul University in...

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Back in Untermarchtal

Back in Untermarchtal

It was the middle of September when I, once again, had the privilege of travelling to Untermarchtal, Germany. The Sisters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul had invited me to attend and speak at their annual open day – an event that brings together supporters,...

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A second chance thanks to the “13 Houses”

A second chance thanks to the “13 Houses”

My name is Flore and I am from a humble family from Côte d'Ivoire. When I was 17 years old, my life changed. My mum passed away during the 2002 civil war, and then I started a journey that took me far away from everything and everybody. After her death, life was...

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In plain sight. Yet invisible – Diaries of a Vincentian

In plain sight. Yet invisible – Diaries of a Vincentian

On a Saturday night, London’s streets are transformed into a stage with a spotlight being turned on the everyday actors of little tragedies, big comedies, promising romances. Scenes can be fleeting, almost unnoticeable; or they play out on centre stage – the main act...

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13, a lucky Vincentian number against homelessness

13, a lucky Vincentian number against homelessness

13 seems to be a key number for Vincentians fighting homelessness around the world, despite all the prejudices surrounding it. Almost a year ago, we launched the “13 Houses” Campaign with the aim of changing the lives of 10.000 homeless people in 3 to 5 years. Our...

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