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05-25-2023 Questions and Answers

05-25-2023 Questions and Answers

05-25-2023 Questions and Answers 1200 628 Jill Pioter

Q: A police officer with young children died from an illness and his funeral was held at our parish. His obituary read Due to the family’s unexpected loss, the family requests assistance in covering funeral costs and the education and future for their children. Donations may be made directly to the family,” at a website provided. Can our Conference provide the assistance requested in the obituary?

A: A Conference is not permitted to simply respond to an advertised request for help. If the family comes to the Conference requesting help, we can respond.

Q:  Is it permissible for a Vincentian and a non-Vincentian volunteer (spouse, friend, etc.) to conduct a Home Visit, or do both visitors need to be Vincentians?

A: If a volunteer accompanies an active member on a Home Visit, they are considered to be an associate member and therefore allowed to go on a Home Visit. It is not an issue with liability insurance because they are acting on behalf of the Society as an associate member. This is also one way we get new members into the Society — by inviting others to come along and help out. This is an opportunity to show ‘charity at work.’ The Vincentian inviting the volunteer must be comfortable with the individual and that they will act appropriately.

Spanish Translation

P: Un oficial de policía con niños pequeños murió de una enfermedad y su funeral se llevó a cabo en nuestra parroquia.  Su obituario decía: “Debido a la pérdida inesperada de la familia, la familia solicita asistencia para cubrir los costos del funeral y la educación y el futuro de sus hijos. Las donaciones pueden hacerse directamente a la familia”, en un sitio web proporcionado.  ¿Puede nuestra Conferencia proporcionar la asistencia solicitada en el obituario?

R: No se permite que una Conferencia responda simplemente a una solicitud de ayuda anunciada.  Si la familia viene a la Conferencia solicitando ayuda, podemos responder.

P: ¿Es permisible que un voluntario Vicentino y un voluntario no Vicentino (cónyuge, amigo, etc.) realicen una Visita Domiciliaria, o ambos visitantes deben ser Vicentinos?

R: Si un voluntario acompaña a un miembro activo en una Visita Domiciliaria, se le considera un miembro asociado y, por lo tanto, se le permite realizar una Visita Domiciliaria. No es un problema con el seguro de responsabilidad civil porque están actuando en nombre de la Sociedad como miembro asociado. Esta es también una forma en que conseguimos nuevos miembros a la Sociedad: invitando a otros a venir y servir. Esta es una oportunidad para mostrar “caridad en el trabajo.”  El Vicentino que invita al voluntario debe sentirse cómodo y actuará adecuadamente con la persona.

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