Episode 149

Find Jesus Among the Marginalized: A Conversation with Jill Lynch

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Why do you help the poor? In a culture where lending a hand to those in need is often seen as a noble thing to do, it's crucial for us as Christians to understand the deeper motivation behind our actions. As believers, we serve the poor out of love—a love that sees Jesus in the faces of those in need.

To delve into this profound aspect of service, I invite you to listen to my recent conversation with Jill Lynch, Executive Director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Omaha. In this enlightening discussion, Jill shares her insights on recognizing the humanity and inherent worth of homeless individuals, challenging stereotypes and emphasizing the importance of empathy and dignity. Jill sheds light on the obstacles faced by the homeless, from securing identification to accessing transportation, and discusses proactive measures to prevent homelessness among the working poor. Through personal anecdotes, she illustrates the holistic approach of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, offering targeted assistance to those on the brink of homelessness. Above all, Jill emphasizes the profound truth that serving the poor is not just an act of charity, but a way to encounter Christ Himself. By treating each individual with respect and compassion, we fulfill the mission of seeing the face of Jesus in the marginalized.

In this episode:

[10:43] The Mission and Impact of Holy Family Community Center
[13:20] Understanding Homelessness and Addiction
[18:47] Personal Stories of Transformation and Hope
[29:37] Understanding the Economic Divide and Its Impact
[32:03] Building Relationships: Neighbors, Not Clients
[36:06] Volunteerism and the Power of Personal Engagement
[37:19] Addressing Homelessness: Beyond Immediate Needs
[49:22] Faith in Action: Seeing Jesus in Every Face

Find out more about Jill's work at SSVPOmaha.org and HolyFamilyOmaha.org.

For more practical advice and experiences from real people sharing their mission with the world, go to https://equip.archomaha.org/podcast/.

A Production of the Archdiocese of Omaha
Editor: Taylor Schroll (ForteCatholic.com)