The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic lay organization open to all people for membership.  Members seek to address needs and alleviate causes of poverty. 

For over 125 years, St. Vincent de Paul has been providing the Greater Detroit Area and Southeastern Michigan with goods and services at little or no cost. How do we do it? With your help!

Through your donations, grants, volunteering and contributions, Vincentians help people in need. It doesn’t matter what race, religion, or ethnic origin, if someone needs help, we are there to assist. St. Vincent is not just about serving; we strive to preserve the dignity of all individuals and their families. This tenet of maintaining unity is a defining characteristic of the Society and our work.

Annually, the Society serves over 90,000 people and has an administrative cost of just 8%. This means that 92 cents of every dollar that we take in goes to help thousands of people in need.

A Brief History of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Detroit
(The first 100 years: 1884 – 1985)

THE PHILOSOPHY: In the words of the Society’s Mission Statement, the Society “leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.” Vincentians strive to be open and flexible to the needs they encounter: “No work of charity is foreign to the Society.” From its earliest days the Society has made no distinctions between those served:  “need, not creed” determines who is helped.


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