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.

“Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person to person service to those who are needy and suffering. Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice; and collaborate with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes making no distinction in those served.”

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 150,000 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 seven thrift stores, the revenue from which provides sustainable funding for our many vital programs.