READhow St. Edward parish in Seattle revived its St. Vincent de Paul Conference. These Vincentians now help hundreds of their neighbors.
“Social outreach and life, justice and peace are so central to who we are as Catholics and St. Vincent de Paul does such a good job reaching out to those in need.” – Fr. Scott Connolly, St. Edward Parish
COVID-19 has affected everyone – some more than others. St. Vincent de Paul’s Centro Rendu program has actively worked with families who’ve been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The program provides wrap around social services to families that seek help.
Being stuck in their rooms and abiding to COVID-19 restrictions has not been an easy experience for children. Day of the Child came to light with the hope of bringing a spark of joy to a child’s life.
We began developing this idea and started receiving support and attention by donors and local businesses. We soon realized that this event had a bigger meaning – it acknowledges the many hardships children also face during COVID.
We aimed to give out 1,000 toys to 1,000 children. In order for this large-scale event to become a reality, we needed the full support of the City of Renton – and we received it.
When we pitched the proposal of the event, the Mayor was in full support and after a few more discussions a proclamation was created.
Day of the Child on April 30, 2021, became the largest event ever hosted by Centro Rendu.
“El dia del Niño” or “Day of the Child” originated in Mexico in 1925 and is celebrated each year on April 30th. This holiday is now observed in many Latin American countries and around the world. The city of Renton AmeriCorps VISTA has worked with Centro Rendu of St. Vincent de Paul and several local businesses to recognize this special day.
Last week, our nation felt once again the pain and suffering caused by violence born out of the insidious evil of racism.
A shockwave swept across our communities, hitting home for our many Asian-American sisters and brothers.
There are no words at this time to express our deepest sorrow for the loss of life in Atlanta. There are also no words that fully express the significant loss for the Asian-American community and for all of us as members of our one human family.
How do you create engaging virtual learning spaces? Read how Centro Rendu is leveraging relationships with parents, the community, and the Best Starts for Kids Collaborative in South King County to do just that – with a little help from some special animals, too.
In 2019, Gary Shipe spoke with Executive Director Mirya Muñoz Roach about Centro Rendu. The interview was part of St. Vincent de Paul’s Centennial podcast series. Founded in 2013, Centro Rendu exists to protect, support, and defend Latino immigrant families. We do this through education, social services, legal advocacy, and leadership development. We believe in empowering and strengthening healthier communities for future generations.