Catholic Charities Honors Noted Galveston Philanthropist Vivian Pinard


Vivian Pinard honored by Catholic Charities

(from left) Vivian Pinard; Bishop George Sheltz, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston; and Catholic Charities Southern Region Director Elizabeth Kinard.

GALVESTON – Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston honored Vivian Pinard with its 2018 Beacon of Hope Award, presented each year for outstanding service that personifies the mission and vision of Catholic Charities. Former executive director of Moody Memorial United Methodist Church Permanent Endowment Fund, Vivian is known for her mission work both at home and around the world.

“Vivian has been a guiding light in serving the vulnerable families in Galveston, and across the world,” said Catholic Charities Southern Region Director Elizabeth Kinard. “Her work has inspired generations of philanthropists and changed thousands of lives. Vivian is the kindest and most dedicated person I know, and a true beacon of hope.”

The award was presented at Catholic Charities’ annual Beacon of Hope appreciation reception for donors, volunteers and partners who support the nonprofit’s efforts. The organization’s services are aimed at helping people in need achieve self-sufficiency and life with dignity.

For example, Catholic Charities operates the only city-wide food pantry in Galveston, thanks to a partnership with the Moody Methodist Permanent Endowment Fund and the Galveston County Food Bank.

Catholic Charities established services through its Beacon of Hope Center in Galveston in 1982. Through their office in the Island Community Center at 4700 Broadway, they provide food and emergency financial assistance to 4,800 households annually, in addition to case management, employment assistance, counseling and services for women veterans. Services are also provided to Galveston County residents through locations in Texas City and the Bay Area.

Catholic Charities hosted the appreciation reception with support from Moody National Bank, Spec’s and The Dr. Leon Bromberg Charitable Trust.