How We Help…
The mission of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is to serve the poor and needy in local communities. The Society was formed in 1833 by a small group of college students at the Sorbonne University in Paris. Today, there are more than 500,000 Vincentians in over 140 countries.
The basic unit of the Society is the Conference, or chapter, which works at the local community levels in serving the marginalized, the homeless and struggling families.
A primary focus of conferences is the stability of the family unit, and in trying to help keep them in place. Frequently the aid is temporary in nature and the intent is to address a sudden circumstance or unexpected expense that has impacted their budget. In special cases, the approach is more long term and conference members will partner with a family for a period of six months or more to help them change their situation and attain a more stable financial position.