We are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need. We are part of an international society of friends united by a spirit of poverty, humility, and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection.
Energized by the awareness that service to our brother or sister in need is in fact an encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ, members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are keenly aware that poverty, suffering and loneliness are present for millions in our communities. For that reason, we collaborate with all who seek to relieve need and address its causes.
Since 1833, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul® has been serving those in need. The Society's 97,000 trained volunteers (members) in the United States provided 17.9 million hours of volunteer service in 2015, helping 23.8 million people through visits to homes, prisons and hospitals.
The National Council provides training, resources, and spiritual direction to local Conferences and Councils, enabling our local Vincentians to provide immediate emergency assistance to those in need, while simultaneously helping people journey out of poverty.
The National Council also leads the charge in training our local Conferences and Councils to go beyond offering basic assistance for emergency situations - Vincentians learn how to join hands with an individual or family so that they can walk out of poverty. We also provide spiritual resources and training as one of our basic functions, allowing our Vincentians to grow in faith and spread the love of Christ to those they serve.
How the Society Helps
We provide more than just a meal. We know that nourishment provides hope.
We help people find dignity and hope, providing clothing and other essential items.
In addition to rental assistance, donated furniture and other household items go directly to families in need.
Our clinics are open all year, providing healing and hope to families and children.
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Where We Serve
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is present in 4,400 communities across the U.S.Find a Chapter Near You
Vincentians meet face to face with the poor to assess their needs. You can get involved and help too.
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