The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Founded in 1833, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a worldwide organization dedicated to serving neighbors in need.
The National Council of the United States, Society of St. Vincent de Paul was established to organize and represent local St. Vincent de Paul Conferences and Councils among the global Society’s membership. Today, with nearly 100,000 members, the National Council provides resources, training, and spiritual development for Vincentians throughout 4,428 local Conferences and 500 Councils.
Our founding activity, still practiced today, is the face-to-face Home Visit. Here, Vincentian volunteers visit the homes of local neighbors in need, to identify both immediate and longer-term needs, including emergency assistance with utilities, rent, food, and clothing.
Vincentians respond to their community’s needs, offering programs such as disaster relief services, job training and placement, thrift stores, food pantries, housing programs, prison reentry, medical services, and many others, as well as longer-term systemic solutions that help individuals journey out of poverty and lead healthier, more productive lives.