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Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Inspired by gospel values, the society of st. Vincent de paul (the "society"), a catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, blessed frdric ozanam, and patron, st. Vincent de paul. As a reflection of the whole family of god, members, who are known as vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic rule. Organized locally, vincentians witness gods love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, vincentians see the face of chris

Programs: Emergency assistance - the society of st. Vincent de paul's neighborhood-based, volunteer-run chapters, provide financial assistance to people facing eviction, hunger, threat of disconnection of utilities and other emergency needs. Through the work of over 4,296 volunteer members, 143 st. Vincent de paul chapters provided over $9,200,000 in assistance to over 240,000 people in 2014. In addition to the assistance provided by the local chapters, the st. Louis council's professional staff provides services that are beyond the scope and capacity of the chapters. These services include a car donation program that provides people in need with donated vehicles, a utility program that helps people avoid disconnection, a pharmacy program that provides free medication, and a burial program that provides a dignified resting place to those who die without family to bury them. In 2014, the council office's programs provided over $600,000 in assistance to over 15,000 people in need.

thrift stores - the st. Louis council operates five thrift stores throughout the greater st. Louis area. The stores provide funding for the society's mission of helping our neighbors in need by selling new and donated goods to the public including clothing, shoes, furniture, beds, housewares, books and more. These goods are received through donations via home pickups and drop offs at the stores and purchases by the society of st. Vincent de paul. The stores also provide direct assistance through our voucher program that allows customers to purchase needed items free of charge to them with the financial assistance of their local conference. In 2014, the stores provided $480,917 in net profits to fund our mission. They also directly helped 1,767 households with $233,559 worth of goods that were given to those in need via the voucher program.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

James72

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Each Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul helps the needy with food, clothing, utility assistance, rent, prescriptions, advice as to how to get a job, medical needs,shelter, and how to try to escape poverty. No one at the conference level receives any compensation. The Council assists these conferences and needs to raise funds directly from the public.

Review from CharityNavigator

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The St. Louis Council has approximately 140 Conferences.
I am a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Conference at St. Peter Parish in St. Charles, MO.
All Conferences operate independently of each other although if a Conference has a need greater than they can handle they can contact another Conference to "twin with them on handling a case.

Our Conference has an emergency food pantry. We provide assistance to those in need regardless of their religious belief's if any. We provide monetary assistance with rent, utlities, medicine and emergency lodging among other assistance.

All Conferences in St. Charles County, where I reside, operaate within their Parish boundaries thereby covering the entire county. Our Conference is based in St. Peter Parish. We raise probably 95% of our own funds In 2011 we spent approximately $90,000.00 on services to the less fortunate. Our expenses were probably less than $1,000.00.

This is possible because our Parish provides us with an area for a pantry and a meeting room. There are no paid members in our Conference which is typical in all Conferences. Our phone line is provided by the Parish. Many of our members spend their own money on stationay, mailings and food if necessary for a family. Two members make home visits to the person(s) seeking assistance to ascetain the needs of the person or family.

Our Conference also provides home furnishings where possible. We also have members that cook and serve meals at the Salvation Army in St. Charles.

The motto of the St. Vincent dePaul Society is "No charity is foreign to our work"

Review from Guidestar