In the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac, the Vincentian Assistance Fund (VAF) was established by the Congregation of the Mission (the Vincentian Priests and Brothers) to provide short-term, emergency financial support to members of the DePaul community, including faculty and staff. This expression of Vincentian personalism honors the dignity of our DePaul community members who find themselves in times of crisis, and we hope it reminds them that they have a whole DePaul community around them that they can look to for support. Recipients of the VAF are not required to pay back what they receive, but they are asked to find a small way in which to “pay it forward” by doing something kind or charitable for others.
We would be grateful for your help in addressing the needs of those experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19. While there is no way yet to calculate the full impact of COVID-19 on the DePaul community, it has already disrupted life on campus significantly—sowing uncertainty in people's lives by creating unexpected housing and food expenses; restricting travel and potentially stranding them away from home; limiting their income; and creating other unforeseen challenges.
Since 1986, the VAF has provided more than $550,000 in emergency assistance to over 800 members of the DePaul community.
Please visit go.depaul.edu/vaf for information on how to seek assistance. Take care of yourselves, and each other.