Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering service to individuals in need. Our members come from all walks of life, but all of us are blessed with an awareness that our blessings (time, talent or treasure) are to be shared with our brothers and sisters in need. Vincentian’s in the United States helps some 12 million persons annually.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers assistance to those in need. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique. This aid may take the form of consultation or through direct dollar or in-kind service. In some cases the client may be referred to an outside Social Service agency. An essential precept of the Society’s work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served. The Society recognizes that it must also assume a role of advocacy for those who are defenseless or voiceless. One of our programs for this purpose is called “Voice of the Poor”.
To provide this personal and neighborly help, Vincentian’s organize themselves into small working groups, known as “Conferences,” which are the first line of action. Each Conference works closely with their local parish to meet the needs of the community.
We are a person-to-person ministry. We make home visits to determine how we are able to help on a client-by-client basis. Our ministry is financed by charitable donations from local parishioners and others who share in our concern for the needs of the poor.