SVdP has touched so many lives over the years and continues to make a difference in the Woburn community. We would love to hear how SVdP has affected your life. Please click on the button and you will be directed to a form that allows you to send us your story. Your privacy is important to us, so we will not publish your name without your permission.

The parish Center is of great importance to the Brazilian community. In the building we have religious and social educational activities. Some examples of these activities that occur in the building are CCD in Portuguese, where we work on the faith of the children in our community. We also have another project, the CRESCER school, that has been going on for 10 years. The school teaches kids in our community Portuguese with the intent on strengthening family ties. The Parish Center is where we keep our community alive with out various projects and other weekly meetings and activities that occur there. The well-being of the Paricsh Center will ensure that we can continue to help people in our community.
God Bless,

~Moyara Pessoti, CCD in Portuguese Coordinator

Hello – hope you had a wonderful long weekend. I just wanted to reach out and thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping my daughters and I out with our firsts months rent. I am beyond blessed for you and everything that I have in my life.
Thank you again!


24 years ago, I was going thru a very difficult time in my life. I was in need of all kind of help. During that time, everybody declined to help me, including my family. I was feeling lost during that time. I needed food, clothe for my kids. It was September, 24 years ago, the cold weather was approaching. Someone, I don’t remember who it was at this moment, advised me to visit St. Vincent de Paul during this great need of warm coats for my kids and some food. I went to visit the St. Vincent de Paul location and they embraced me with love, respect and they helped me so my kids will have coats for the winter. they also helped me with food. Today, I am overly grateful for the great help I received from St. Vincent de Paul. Thank you St. Vincent for your love and dedication towards those in great need. May God continue blessing you for the great work you do.


I volunteer with SVdP because, to me, it is important to help others and make a difference in my community to help it grow stronger. Volunteering is a personal way to give back. Helping those in need during a vulnerable time makes them stronger and give them a sense of hope.

~Olga Sacasa

I personally have worked the pantry for over 20 years and currently work with Mr Phil D’Alleva. Phil and I have been working together now for the last several years and work well as a team.

Since we started, our pantry has relocated to a much larger space in the Parish Center. Thanks to Bob Jamieson we have shelving, two freezers and a full sized refrigerator. Our pantry is thankfully well stocked due to the generosity of all 3 St C communities and the school. Phil and I take pride in our mission to serve and are so happy to be able to provide healthy food items including fresh vegetables, cheese, eggs, meat , fish and chicken as well as items that the Spanish & Brazilian communities often request.

Other items such as toiletries, cleaning products and laundry detergent are also part of our inventory. Phil makes a weekly visit to the Food Bank as well as endless visits to local supermarkets picking up perishable items that we may need. He’s an excellent shopper and always finds the “bargains”.

We are truly blessed to be able to offer so much to so many in need. I feel fortunate to be a part of this mission.

I truly enjoy my work at the food pantry with SVDP and enjoy “shopping” for those that may need a little help. It’s very rewarding and gives me an opportunity to give back to our community and to work with such a wonderful group of volunteers.

~Sharon Black

I volunteer at SVdP because I believe that “Every believer has received grace gifts, so use them to serve one another as faithful stewards of the many-colored tapestry of God’s grace.” 1 Peter 4:10 Not only does my service help those needing assistance, it fills my heart too!

~Niki Jamieson