WALL TOWNSHIP — The newly established St. Vincent’s Legacy Furniture Outreach Conference was celebrated Sunday by Bishop David O’Connell of the Catholic Diocese of Trenton and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Joan Olden, president of the St. Vincent de Paul Society in the diocese said the establishment of the conference will facilitate coordinated efforts by multiple charities to provide individuals and families in need with furniture.
“With our Vincentians here, they will help us to go forward and help the poor and collaborate with other organizations and other conferences to expand on that help,” Ms. Olden said.
The commissioning ceremony included the bishop’s blessing of the new St. Vincent’s Legacy Furniture warehouse, located in Camp Evans/Information Age Learning Center off Marconi Road. The 7,000 facility is twice the size of the one it is replacing, which was also located in learning center complex.
The event marked the culmination of a decade worth of volunteer work that began in the garage of founder and president Margaret More, of Monmouth Beach.
“We’ve been giving away quality donated furniture for 10 years to families in need in Monmouth and Ocean County,” Ms. More said, adding she was honored to be recognized by the St. Vincent de Paul Society, an international volunteer and charity organization. The charity has helped more than a thousand families, providing those in need with such items as tables, beds and dressers.
“We don’t put anything in someone else’s house that we don’t put in our own home,” Ms. More said, noting that the organization only accepts “quality donated furniture” which is then cleaned and polished before being delivering to families in need.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society has roughly 50 conferences in the Diocese of Trenton. This is the ninth in the organization’s Jersey Shore district.
“This is actually very exciting,” said Ms. Olden. “Not only is it the lifting of a warehouse, but we are lifting up a new conference and that is always a very special time because it shows us of the expansion of the society.”
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