About Us

History

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international service organization founded in 1833 by French
student Frederic Ozanam. Inspired by the work of 17th century priest, St. Vincent de Paul, Ozanam
established the society to bring concrete aid to those in need through friendship, service, and charity.
Today, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a network of charity organizations in 147 countries with over
750,000 members.

St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County was founded in 1964. We provide direct services at our
Family Resource Center in Pittsburg and throughout the county through 27 parish conferences. SVdP
CC strives to provide concrete aid to those in need. Our many programs provide food, clothing, shelter,
rental assistance, medical services, employment, and workforce development to our neighbors in
Contra Costa County. We collaborate with several Bay Area agencies including Loaves & Fishes, Catholic
Charities, RotaCare Bay Area, Winter Nights Shelter, One Warm Coat, and the Food Bank of Contra Costa
and Solano Counties.

Mission and Core Values

Inspired by values of charity, humility, and social justice, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Contra
Costa County provides person-to-person service of time, talent, and resources to help our neighbors in
need regardless of gender, national origin, race, or religion. Our mission is to bring aid and support to
those who are poor and suffering in Contra Costa County.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul holds these core values and is guided by them in all of our programs
and services.

We believe:

  • In the dignity of the human person
  • In the preferential option for the poor
  • In the virtue of humility, personal and corporate
  • In the virtue of simplicity
  • In charity and justice within and outside the Society
  • In personal and communal prayer
  • In friendship
  • In community
  • And in solidarity with each other and with those in need

St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County by the numbers:

  • 141,000 people served in the last fiscal year, in both direct and in kind services
  • Over 54,000 volunteer hours per year
  • Over $1,000,000 in in kind and financial assistance provided
  • 27 conferences throughout the county providing direct, volunteer services to those in need
  • Over 600 individual volunteers
  • Partnerships with over 30 local agencies including other non-profits, churches, and for profit corporations