Friends of the Poor Grant Awardees — April 2023

Friends of the Poor Grant Awardees — April 2023

Friends of the Poor Grant Awardees — April 2023 150 150 SVDP USA

We received 57 grant applications totaling $285,000. Grant awards for this round total $75,000.

Through simple application process, SVdP Conferences and District Councils can apply for up to $5,000 from the National Council’s Friends of the Poor® Fund. The Friends of the Poor® funds available to grant is normally limited to the amount raised and/or approved by the National Council budget process. Individual grant award amounts may vary from the application amount but will not exceed $5,000.

Grants are targeted to specific areas of need, above and beyond available Conference resources: assistance for rent/housing, utilities, food, clothing, medical, transportation, and baby/children needs. No systemic change projects.


  • I hope this message finds you well. My name is Cesar Bojorquez, and I have the honor of leading the Our Lady of Guadalupe Conference, a recently established organization dedicated to serving the Waukesha County community in Wisconsin.

    At the heart of our mission is a commitment to support Hispanic families facing significant challenges. Many of these families, new to our area, struggle with basic necessities. They often lack adequate housing, require assistance with rent, need clothing, and find it difficult to adapt to Wisconsin’s harsh weather conditions. The increasing influx of immigrants into Waukesha underscores the urgency of our mission, as we strive to ensure that no family is without essential support.

    Currently, our team comprises 12 dedicated Vincentian members, all united in our goal to make a meaningful difference in the lives of these families. Every day, we witness the profound impact of our work, and we are deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve our community.

    However, the scope of need is vast, and our resources are limited. We believe that with additional support, we can extend our reach and deepen our impact. To this end, we are seeking a grant of $5,000. This funding would be instrumental in sustaining our efforts for many months, allowing us to provide continued and expanded assistance to families in need.

    Your support would not only be a blessing to us but a lifeline to the families we serve. We are committed to stewarding every contribution with the utmost care and ensuring that it translates into tangible aid for those in dire need.

    Thank you for considering our request. May you be blessed for your generosity and kindness.

    Warm regards,

    Cesar Bojorquez
    President, Our Lady of Guadalupe Conference

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