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St Vincent De Paul Society Of Milwaukee

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Family Services, Food, Food Programs, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Thrift Shops

Mission: In 1833, the St. Vincent de Paul Society was founded in Paris. Frederic Ozanam, a 20 year old university student, is considered the principal founder of the Society because of his leadership within a small group of similarly-minded students. Their model of visiting the poor of the Paris slums was adopted widely, reaching Milwaukee in 1849. St. Vincent de Paul "conferences," as the volunteer groupings are called, were established in several Milwaukee Catholic parishes. In 1914, enough conferences existed to form a "council." This allowed for legal incorporation and the ability to take on broader activities. Over the years, activities have taken the form of thrift stores, meal programs, shelters, and helping centers. These programs have been generously supported not only by the Catholic community, but also by other faiths and the broader community. Most programs, although professionally staffed, maintain a largely volunteer component. Professional staff assists volunteers through training and are available for consultation.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I read the prior reviews and was definitely not going to shop there. Then in November 2013 I learned that this store was under new management and thought I'd give it a try as I love thrift shopping.

I was pleasantly surprised. I walked into the store and was greeted and offered a flier for the sales going on that day. The atmosphere was neat, clean and organized.

Prices of clothing were similar to other stores I'd shopped. The furniture was priced low and had a large assortment of different items.

An added benefit is that the organization is a true charity and is doing great things in Milwaukee County.

This is definitely a store I will return to on my thrift shopping days!

Review from Guidestar


Client Served

Rating: 1

the staff is rude, the funishings they provide are too over priced, 1,000 dollars for a dining room table? the place is not very good in general and will forever avoid it

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I resent paying 4.8% of my donation to just give while trying to donate $50 to St. Vincent de Paul. Too late I realized I should have just sent a check.

Review from JustGive