Mission and History

Founded in 1833, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a non-profit organization, serves local individuals in need on a person-to-person level.

“A network of friends inspired by gospel values, growing in holiness and building a more just world through personal relationships with and service to people in need.”

Founded in 1833 by Frederic Ozanam, a French college student, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul serves local individuals in need on a person-to-person level. The Society was formed in Pittsburgh in 1852. Today there are more than 100 Conferences within the Diocese of Pittsburgh with more than 1,300 members.

Every year, the Society serves more than 100,000 local Pittsburghers through a variety of direct services including clothing, furniture, utility and rental assistance, indigent burial, food assistance, and Michael’s Place -- our Home of Hope & Recovery for men transitioning from prison or jail to independent living. Additionally, the Society operates six thrift stores, the revenue from which provides sustainable funding for our many vital programs.