As a Vincentian we offer gifts of charity to those in need. We do this on a person to person basis in their homes. Each person is treated with dignity as a unique individual. The greatest gift we offer them is the gift of companionship. The gift of our time, listening to their story and bringing them the compassion of Jesus. We need prayer and support for these visits. We never judge and are patient with their weaknesses and failure. We help them make better choices in a non threatening way, as one would for a friend. For, in Jesus’ name, we are a friend of the poor. Never forget Jesus’ role as servant at the last supper. We are the servant, they are the master. We must be prepared to symbolically (if not physically) wash the feet of each person as servant.