Poverello has taken form over the past twenty years under the guidance of Jan Vermeire. He passed on the motivation and the inspiration that had driven him to the approx. fourhundred helpers, who now wish to continue his work. His message, found in the gospel, that we are all brothers and sisters, permeated him and took shape in the Poverello Family. Despite the responsibility he carried, he didn’t see himself as being more than the others, but as a ‘poverello’, a little poor one. Realizing and passing on this message of love in a society where ever more emphasis is being put on individualism, is the aspiration of all the helpers.