Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (or Vincentians) are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique. Vincentians visit those in need in their homes to assess how best to help. It could be financial aid, tangible aid, such as furniture, food, or diapers, or spiritual help. The Society also has an advocacy role for those who are defenseless or voiceless. In 2009, more than 156,000 people were aided in Sacramento Council area by Vincentians.