St. Vincent de Paul

Vision

Like its founder, Frederic Ozanam, the vision of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is to "embrace the world in a network of charity".

Core Values

  • The dignity of the human person
  • Identification of Jesus with the poor
  • The preferential option of the poor
  • Jesus is the Evangelizer and Servant of the poor
  • Growth in intimacy with Jesus is a life-long process
  • Poverty of spirit is the primary beatitude
  • The Society is concerned with charity and justice
  • Prayer is essential: personal and communal
  • The virtue of humility: personal and corporate
  • The virtue of charity within and outside of the Society
  • Divine Providence
  • Friendship
  • Solidarity
  • Community
  • Simplicity

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. 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 assume, also, a role of advocacy for those who are defenseless or voiceless. Some 12 million persons are helped annually by Vincentians in the United States.

The list of services of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the United States is endless. No work of charity is foreign to the Society. To quote its patron, St. Vincent de Paul: "Charity is the inventive to infinity". These are some of the services Vincentians provide for those who are poor and in need:

  • Food Programs
  • Emergency financial assistance
  • Rent/mortgage assistance
  • Low cost housing 
  • Thrift Stores
  • Employment services
  • Job training
  • Counseling
  • Burial of the indigent
  • Camp programs
  • Prison ministry
  • Shelters for abused woman and children
  • Social justice programs
  • Advocacy
  • Twinning: foreign and domestic
  • Youth programs
  • Shelters for the homeless: men, women and families
  • Half-way houses for ex-offenders
  • Information and referral services
  • Free pharmacies
  • Education programs - G.E.D.
  • Homemaker services
  • Budget counseling
  • Emergency transportation
  • Nutritional education
  • Programs for victims of crime
  • Embracing the lonely, forgotten and alienated
  • Services to those in any way challenged
  • Disaster relief and services to victims
  • Assistance for victims of AIDS, substance abuse and alcoholism

How Do I Join?

Attend one of our monthly meetings; they are held on the second Monday of every month at 7:00PM in the Adult Education Center. If you're interested in this ministry, you’re a member! 

Who Should You Contact for More Information?

Barbara Stone (770) 979-2500 x25, president of the St. Oliver's conference of St. Vincent de Paul.


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