Doris Snyder, an active member of St. Vincent de Paul’s (SVdP), Conference at St. John Vianney Church in Walnut Creek had amazing role models growing up in Colombia.

I had two aunts who were Vincentian nuns, and I had so much respect and admiration for their work on behalf of the poor.  When I found myself with the time to give back, (after a successful career in computer programming for Kaiser Permanente), I knew I wanted to get involved with St. Vincent de Paul and help families in need.”

Doris has been visiting neighbors in need as a Vincentian volunteer for over 16 years, and still finds the work fulfilling.  “My most rewarding moments are when we can help a family with young children.  Many families are struggling to make ends meet, and if St. Vincent de Paul can help a family stay in their home, or provide needed clothing or furniture, the family is so appreciative!”  “Doris is always the first to volunteer to visit our needy neighbors and her compassion is always exemplified during these visits,” states fellow Vincentian Bill Clarke.  Additionally, SVdP Executive Director, Claudia Ramirez, who is also a Vincentian at St. John Vianney, notes, “Doris models the Vincentian teaching of the importance of the home visit and taking the time to get to know the needs of those coming to us for assistance so we can help them in the best way possible.  Since Doris is fluent in Spanish, many of our neighbors in need can communicate openly and comfortably in their native language, building a relationship of trust.

Doris was invited to get involved with St. Vincent de Paul by a neighbor who invited her to a meeting.  After learning about how St. Vincent de Paul conducts home visits to learn about an individual’s or family’s full scope of needs, she signed up to join.  “The work that St. Vincent de Paul does is wonderful!”  Doris has also organized the St. Vincent de Paul Christmas gift and food program over the last several years.  Her volunteerism is not limited to St. Vincent de Paul as she volunteers at the Monument Crisis Center in Concord.