VIDES USA

VIDES in Me Amor Dei? Do you see in me God's love?

aka VIDES Volunteers International for Development Education & Solidarity   |   San Antonio, TX   |  www.vides.us

Mission

VIDES+USA is a Catholic volunteer missioner organization dedicated to education and development especially for youth and women in situations of poverty and marginalization both in the United States and worldwide.
VIDES+USA accompanies those they serve to create for themselves a better quality of life and to break the vicious cycle of poverty, which surrounds them, as they grow in faith.
VIDES+USA provides service opportunities that build leadership skills, emphasize the value of respect of the human person, strive for social justice, and incorporate Christian spirituality into everyday living.
VIDES+USA strives to build sustainable communities and form a union based on mutual respect knowing that God created each one of us with a gratuitous and overflowing love.

Ruling year info

1946

Principal Officer

S MaryGloria Mar FMA

Main address

6019 Buena Vista Street

San Antonio, TX 78237 USA

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Formerly known as

VIDES West USA

VIDES USA - Volunteers International for Development Education and Service

VIDES USA YW - Volunteers International for Development Education and Service-Youth & Women

VIDES+USA Volunteers International for Development Education & Solidarity

EIN

74-2891744

NTEE code info

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Roman Catholic (X22)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

VIDES seeks to alleviate poverty, marginalization, and the migration crisis on multiple fronts starting at the roots in Latin America and other disaster-stricken countries. We reach out to accompany especially vulnerable minors and families to help themselves to break the cycle of poverty in which they find themselves.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

VIDES Education and Development

VIDES-International has 14 offices in Europe, 7 in Asia, 13 in North and South America, 2 in Africa and helps with education and development interventions in the USA and world-wide. VIDES USA has the following projects: NATIONALLY: school, after-school and summer-programs for over 3,000 students, many on scholarships, children of poor or unemployed parents in CA, FL, LA, NJ, NY, and TX; Formation/Service Camps to prepare Volunteer Missioners for national and international service and Re-Entry Experience for returning missioners in NJ and TX INTERNATIONALLY: -AFRICA: feeding, teaching, vocational training, recreation, construction, faith-based education, health services for over 5,000 who attend our missions in Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, and Zambia -AMERICA: education, development, evangelization, student sponsorships, especially for disadvantaged and street children, youth and women in Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Venezuela -ASIA: East Timor, India, Japan, Philippines, Thailand -EUROPE: human rights, teach English and other, serving orphans, youth and adults, retreat ministry in England, Italy, Spain, Switzerland -AUSTRALIA

Population(s) Served

The Undocumented Minors Immigration Prevention Program seeks to alleviate the migration crisis on multiple fronts starting at the roots in Latin America

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

VIDES aim is to uplift youth and women, especially the marginalized and under-served through development, education, and solidarity. We work to equip them to rise above their impoverishment to help themselves and others to break their cycle of poverty, all the while accompanying them along their journey of personal growth and holiness. Preparing volunteer missioners is a vital aspect of our ministry of bringing hope and producing positive contributors to society. Our volunteer missioners serve alongside the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) in our domestic and international missions.

VIDES approach with and through the mission sites of FMAs and young adult volunteer missioners, is one of prevention and education. Beyond providing food, shelter, and basic needs, projects keep the vulnerable from falling prey to the gangs or following the trend of leaving their country in search for a place to make a living, through teaching them life skills that promote honest and responsible citizens. Considerations in the preparation of young adult missioners include the suitability of the potential volunteers for VIDES and their intent as to where they will serve in mission and in what capacity, the needs of the mission site and ministries already in place there. The application process and formation period achieve a double aim: to prepare the volunteer for mission and the experience initiates/continues a life of service beyond their time in mission.

The Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMAs), the largest order of women in the Catholic Church, serve in 94 countries internationally. Therefore, a volunteer missioner has many choices when determining a location for service. Ministries center mainly on the promotion of women and the education of youth. This assumes different forms from country to country including, but not limited to schools, youth centers, orphanages, clinics.
Whatever educational preparation and talents, potential volunteers have, can be put to good use. Regarding the mission site, works may vary according to its current reality such as natural disasters and the political climate.

Hundreds of youth have received services in more than 1300 mission sites run by the FMA in schools and youth centers around the globe. Youth in more than 94 countries are decreasing their risks, breaking the cycle of poverty, and becoming contributing members of local communities.
Since establishing relationships is a major component of the VIDES approach to ministry, the good accomplished by the FMAs and volunteer missioners is also gauged by the response of the recipients especially when the time comes for the volunteers to depart the mission site. They acknowledge the tremendous good achieved.
Poverty, disease, natural disasters, limited access to education and development affecting poor youth and their families remain a priority and while the FMA together with VIDES volunteer missioners have made significant accomplishments, the need persists. We will continue to provide customized service to meet the needs of the youth and communities we serve.

Financials

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VIDES USA

Board of directors
as of 6/18/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Sister Sister Rosann Ruiz, FMA

Daughters of Mary Help of Christians

Term: 2017 - 2023


Board co-chair

Sister Joanne Holloman, FMA

Daughters of Mary Help of Christians

Term: 2017 - 2023

Linda Derr

Salesian Cooperator

Mary of Jesus Tamayo, FMA

Daughters of Mary Help of Christians

Mary Anne Oehler

The Benedictine Sisters of Boerne

MaryGloria Mar, FMA

VIDES+USA

Judge Maria Teresa (Tessa) Herr

Retired 186th District Court Judge, Bexar County

Kara Cisneros-Flores

St. John Bosco

Theresa Jones, FMA

Daughters of Mary Help of Christians

Frank So

US AID [VIDES in Rwanda, Sudan, Geneva]

Vuong Do

Daughters of Mary Help of Christians

Most Rev John McCarthy

Bishop Emeritus of Austin

Most Rev John Yanta

Bishop Emeritus of Amarillo