Our mission has endured for almost 180 years. It is the road map for explaining who we are and what we do.
“Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic volunteer organization, leads individuals to join together to offer person-to-person service to the poor and the suffering. And in doing this work, we all enrich our lives spiritually.”
“When people need help, we’ll be there.” That is our calling. We serve everyone. Period.
Our Heart & Soul: Home Visits
St. Vincent de Paul in Seattle and King County is made up of more than 50 conferences—“all-volunteer neighborhood support groups” who make personal in-home visits and personal contacts to help people with survival and self-sufficiency support. Our neighborhood volunteers are the heart, soul, and face of our organization. We would not exist without them. Their approach to working with people who are suffering and need help is unique. Each conference has a group of members who gather to serve people who need help in their area. These visits help determine the exact nature and detail of the assistance required to help our neighbors.
We annually serve close to 150,000 people in home visits, case management, food bank, and related programs. Every year we know our service plays a major role in helping to prevent evictions, all of which are expensive personal and financial tragedies. Costs getting someone back into a home after an eviction are substantial and can amount to between $13,000 and $40,000 per year according to research done by the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Seattle & King County Conference Services
Our neighborhood-based Conferences deliver services to people who live in King County. We assist in preventing evictions, keeping power and heat turned on, providing food for families, arranging doctor visits, providing assistance with childcare, and more. We’ll be there when people need us. That’s a promise.
St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle|King County Council Services
The Council supports the spiritual and charitable work of the conferences as well as centrally directed charitable activities, manages business functions of the organization, including the thrift stores, case management, Helpline, development, communications and other central service functions that support the conferences.
St. Vincent de Paul Global Work
St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to needy neighbors on a person to person in home basis. This personalized involvement makes our work unique. We have over 51,000 all-volunteer neighborhood conferences with 750,000 members working in over 145 countries delivering services to the poor.
St. Vincent de Paul US Work
In the US we have over 4,600 Conferences and over 146,000 members. They annually give well over 7,600,000 hours of volunteer service, participate in over 650,000 home visits, and manage another 900,000 plus visits to prisons, hospitals, elderly, and to others in need. Our service to the poor amounts to over $330 million, and the in-kind value of food, clothing and furniture totals over $80 million.