Mary Ann Robbe

St. Vincent de Paul  Mary Ann Robbe

How long have you been a Vincentian?  Approximately eight months


Conference:  Our Lady of Lourdes


Your role in the Society:  Home Visits, recording phone messages, filling in at the food pantry


How did you become a Vincentian?  I called Jim Krueger, who was president of our conference at that time, asking if he would be interested in my donation of about 200 pizzas from LaRosa’s since I had bought ten Buddy cards to help my granddaughter out. Ha ha.  He thought about it and did not see how it would work, but we ended up talking for a long time and he asked if I would like to volunteer.  “Yes!  I would be happy to”, I said.


Most memorable Home Visit:  Woman with three kids, starting a new job in two weeks but was about to get evicted from her apartment in less than five days.  She said that she waited so long to call us because she did not know where to go.  The landlord agreed to work with us.  We paid partial and she paid the rest as soon she got paid from her new job.  Plus we put her on to our food pantry.  And she was thrilled and grateful.


Biggest lesson you’ve learned as a Vincentian?   I was very surprised at the level of poverty just a few miles from my home.  I learned how grateful some people are at the very things that most of us take for granted.  It is a wonderful feeling to actually see the people you are helping, especially the kids.


What has made you stick with the ministry?  I feel like I am blessed to have an opportunity to help those less fortunate than I.  It is a joyous way of performing Christian Acts of Mercy.