San Vincent de Paul

The Mission of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.

As a reflection of the whole family of God, members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule.

Organized locally, Vincentians witness God's love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.

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Inspired by values of charity, humility, and social justice, St. Vincent de Paul of Aurora provides person-to-person service of time, talent, and resources to help our neighbors in need regardless of gender, national origin, race, or religion.

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Our History

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, an international organization devoted to serving the poor, was founded in Paris in 1835 by a young French student, Frederick Ozanam.  Founded locally in 1964, SVdP has served the needy in Kane County through its conferences, social services and thrift stores.

The Conferences

Our community-based service locations, called conferences, are located throughout Kane County to provide help and support to the needy and discouraged.

Our Volunteers

Our network of more than 1,000 volunteers, known as Vincentians, are key to the success of SVdP in providing help to people in their local  communities and leadership for our programs. Our volunteers also work at our Family Resource Centers.

Our Thrift Stores

Our thrift stores provide free and low-cost clothing, housewares, and furniture to the poor. Revenues from our stores provide a critical source of revenue administration and services provided by our safety net programs.