The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic lay association of charity present in 132 countries of the world. It is composed of ordinary men and women - 650,000 strong - who do extraordinary things not for themselves but for others.
Frederic Ozanam and six friends from the Sorbonne founded the Society in Paris in 1833. Under his vision, the Society provides person-to-person service to help those who are suffering and to alleviate poverty by addressing its causes. The Society serves persons regardless of race, creed or color. Today, the Society in the United States has 120,000 members throughout 4,700 localities.
Members call themselves "Vincentians" after the recognized patron of charity, St. Vincent de Paul, and membership is open to all Christians wishing to serve the suffering and needy. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul began its service to the poor in the United States on November 20, 1845 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Our Programs at St. Mark
- Food Pantry
- Home and church visits to those requesting help
- Serving Meals at St Vinnies Bistro at the Haven for Hope Prospects Courtyard.
- Emergency rent and utility assistance
- Christmas Giving Tree