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Marge Klinger, Moorhead, Published August 31 2013

Letter: Take active role in ending poverty

Are you a grandmother caring for several grandchildren and unable to pay the power bill? Are you an elderly man who sleeps on the floor because he has no bed? Are you homeless and have nowhere to go because the shelters are full?

Most of will us never have to be faced with any of these scenarios. However, there are people facing those situations right here in the Fargo-Moorhead area every day. Many have addiction and mental disorders, but most are simply poor and unable to make ends meet due to extenuating circumstances.

Minnesota has a plan to end poverty by 2020. It can be done – one person at a time, one city at a time, one state at a time – agencies working together to find training for those who need and want training, so they can find jobs that pay a livable wage and education on how they can live a healthy, vibrant lifestyle.

One of the oldest and most successful charitable organizations in the world is the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization of approximately 800,000 men and women throughout the world who volunteer to seek out and provide person-to-person aid to the poor and needy in 149 countries on five continents and here in Fargo-Moorhead.

Organized in Paris, France, in 1833, the society has been helping the poor in the United States since 1845. It is because of the generosity of the people in our country, our state and our city that we continue in this mission to help those most in need. It is by the grace of God that the volunteers, known as Vincentians, give thousands of hours of their time each year to serve the poor.

Yes, I say “serve” the poor for we are their servants and they are our masters, for in them, we see the face of Christ. On Sept. 21, the community will have an opportunity to participate in ending poverty in our area by joining the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the Friends of the Poor® Walk/Run at Davy Memorial Park in Moorhead.

You may call (701) 212-0392 or email svdpfargo@msn.com to request a walk brochure.