The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a nonprofit organization that provides direct assistance to a community's most vulnerable residents—those who live in poverty and those who are struggling to make ends meet. Our goal is to help them meet basic needs, build self-sufficiency, and ultimately break the cycle of poverty. Instead of only helping those who come to us, we provide one-on-one service through our home visits, going into people's homes to learn the extent of their needs before determining how to help.
Following the tradition of Frederic Ozanam, founder of the International Society of St. Vincent de Paul, SVdP serves anyone in need, regardless of race, creed or origin.
The aid we provide most often includes:
- direct financial assistance for rent, utilities, transportation
- food and furniture
- consultation, referral and intervention services
In 2009, SVdP served more than 156,000 needy people throughout the Diocese of Sacramento.
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