What We Do
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international non-profit organization dedicated to serving the poor and providing others with the opportunity to serve.
The Chicago Council has been assisting Cook County and Lake County families since 1857.
SVdP provides a number of greatly needed services to needy families and individuals in our community, including the very basics for human dignity such as food, shelter and clothing. Additional help with utility bills, rent, transportation, medical expenses and even emotional and spiritual support transforms the lives of many. In 2013, we assisted more than 782,000 community residents in Cook and Lake counties; people who wouldn't have had anywhere else to turn to for help without the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Programs include three thrift stores, 43 food pantries, dining rooms, and general assistance for individuals in need. Volunteer opportunities for those who would like to help the less fortunate in their community are available at our conferences (volunteer sites), thrift stores, events and main office at 651 W. Lake St., Chicago.
Mission of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 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 Frédéric 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 God's 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 Christ.