About Us

HOW WE HELP

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul renders assistance to those in need in 149 counties, and has more than 900,000 members worldwide! The Diocese of Tucson has 37 Conferences active throughout Southern Arizona, and 867 members.

In 2012 in Southern Arizona, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul contributed $7,333,000 to help those suffering or in need. Our members made 35,228 home visits and assisted 86,732 people. We also operate 8 Thrift Stores in the region. Yet, there are still many who need help and we will continue to reach out throughout the area to provide assistance wherever and whenever possible.

If you know someone who is in need help, or if you could like to contribute, please call our office at 520-628-7837 or call the closest Catholic Church to your home address.

MISSION

As long as you did it to one of these, my least of brethren, you did it to me.

The mission of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is very simple. It is to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person support and service to anyone who is in need. It’s the helping hand that puts a meal on a family’s table and makes sure the lights and heat stay on. It’s the generosity that sees to it that men, women and children are clothed, that they have a bed – or needed furniture – or just a place to sleep. It’s reaching out to those without hope and giving them the gift of a better tomorrow.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic lay organization united in our vision of offering individual help to those in need and in addressing the causes of charity and justice. Our members are nourished by prayer, reflections and supportive gatherings as they walk in the footsteps of the One who comforted the sick, healed the lepers, washed the feet of strangers and helped the Samaritan. We see the face of God in every human — of every condition — who can benefit from our aid.

Serving with no distinction to religious affiliation and offering individual help to every ethnic and cultural group.

HISTORY

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul began with a personal challenge to provide individual help to the needy and it remains true to that mission today. In 1833, Frederic Ozanam, a young law student at Sorbonne in France, was challenged during a debate to demonstrate what he and his fellow Catholic students were personally doing to help the poor in their Parish. Ozanam – only 20 years of age – acted immediately and with six others financed works of charity out of their own pockets. They called their group the Conference of Charity. Ozanam pioneered the lasting process of a home visit to access needs and the follow-through to meet them.

As recommended by his mentor, Monsieur Emmanuel Bailly and Sister Rosalie Rendue, a Daughter of Charity, Ozanam placed the Conference under the patronage of St. Vincent del Paul, who served the poor in 16th Century France. Ozanam’s group of 7 grew to 600 and then 2000 spreading across France. In 1845, it crossed the ocean to St. Louis, Missouri. One hundred years later it came to Phoenix, Arizona and a Conference in Tucson at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Parish soon followed.

Today, St. Vincent de Paul in Tucson continues to provide personal, one-on-one assistance to individuals of all faiths, all colors and all cultures.

ORGANIZATION

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has become an international organization. It renders assistance to those in need in 149 counties and has more than 900,000 members worldwide! More than 4,055 active Conferences—with 62,847 active members — operate in the United States alone. The Diocese of Tucson has 37 Conferences active throughout Southern Arizona and 867 members.

In 2012 in Southern Arizona, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul contributed $7,333,000 to help those suffering or in need. Our members made 35,228 home visits and assisted 86,732 people – traveling over 140,968 miles to give person-to-person assistance. Yet, there are still many who need help and we will continue to reach out throughout the area to provide assistance wherever and whenever possible.

If you know someone who is in need help, or if you could like to contribute, please call our office at 520-628-7837 or call the closest Catholic Church to your home address.