Our Mission

Our Mission and Values:

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.

Our Member-volunteers, known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united to help neighbors in need.

St. Vincent de Paul makes no distinction in those who are served through our anti-poverty programs.

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

Our 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 800,000 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. SVdPCC 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.

St. Vincent de Paul Non-Discrimination Policy:
St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County does not discriminate based on race, color, creed, sex, marital status, age, national origin, physical handicap, disability, medical condition or ancestry, or any other consideration. We welcome clients regardless of distinction and look to provide caring, compassionate assistance to those in need.