Established in 1904, the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph County, Inc. is a non-profit organization that engages people to join together to provide for the emergency needs of those experiencing poverty and to empower those we serve to attain self-sufficiency.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph County is a Catholic lay organization with a long history of service to neighbors in need. We offer real support such as food, clothing and household necessities as well as emotional and spiritual support through one-on-one interactions with those who are suffering.
We do this by making home visits. During these visits the members provide people with emergency food, clothing and financial assistance. More importantly, they bring friendship and compassion. Vincentians serve families throughout St. Joseph County.
We collaborate with area service organizations in relieving need and addressing its causes, serving neighbors of every race and creed.
We are here because St. Vincent de Paul heard Christ's call to help the poor and was so moved that he devoted the rest of his life to restoring hope to the "least of these." St Vincent died in 1622, in Paris, after having founded several congregations to carry on his work.
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We are here because Blessed Frederic Ozanam, a student in Paris, founded the St. Vincent de Paul Society in 1833. He was only twenty years old, but the society he started spread around the world in only a few years. Today it is the largest volunteer organization in the world and is active in 132 countries.
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We are here because thirty members of St. Patrick's Parish founded South Bend's first St. Vincent de Paul Conference in October 1904.