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Society of St. Vincent De Paul

Who We Are

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Galveston-Houston is a grassroots, volunteer-based, direct-aid organization that helps people in need get back on their feet. We provide short-term financial, material, and emotional support and work person-to-person through advocacy, education and referral efforts to break cycles of poverty, empower people and promote self-sufficiency. We Empower People and strive to promote self-sufficient, dignified living for all. Many times this means providing immediate assistance with financial needs, basic necessities, and emotional support. However, our main goal is to provide tools that help educate and often empower people to advocate for themselves and their families. These tools help promote a more self-sufficient lifestyle. The Society believes in helping all people regardless of race, religion or citizenship status. We do not discriminate. We offer confidential support services in a dignified way, because we believe these are things that all people deserve. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul addresses the immediate needs of the poor by offering assistance with food, clothing, furniture and other necessary items.

What We Do

The first presence of the Society in the Archdiocese of Galveston- Houston began in 1871. There are 60 Conferences (Parish based offices) in the 10 county area where we serve, involving more than 1,800 members in spiritual growth, friendship and service to the poor. In 2012, over 437,000 services totaling $5.7 million were provided to our friends in need. We distributed $2.4 million worth of food; provided $2.4 million in rent and utility assistance; offered over $498,000 worth of clothing; furniture and appliances.

Mission

Inspired by Gospel values, we grow spiritually through person to person service to all in need in our community.  Our actions promote the dignity of the person, alleviate suffering and distress, while addressing the conditions that cause them through systemic change.