Inspired by Gospel values and in the tradition of its patron, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul leads people to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are in need.
Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are keenly aware that poverty, suffering, and loneliness are present for many in our community. For that reason, we collaborate with others who seek to relieve need and address its causes.
We offer tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. An essential precept of the work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served. The Society recognizes that it must assume, also, a role of advocacy for those who are defenseless or voiceless. Some 12 million persons are helped annually by Societies of St Vincent de Paul in the United States.
The list of services of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the United States is endless. No work of charity is foreign to the Society. To quote our patron, St. Vincent de Paul: "Charity is infinitely inventive."
Our Local Group
We are one of 4441 conferences in the United States that works to serve the poor. We have over 60 volunteer members and a board of directors who meet monthly offering service, donations, and prayer. We are affiliated with St. Patrick Church of Merna in Bloomington and St. Mary Church in Downs, however church membership is not a requirement. And, it’s important to understand that donations, prayer, and support, also come from our neighboring churches including Historic St. Patrick, St. Mary’s Parish in Bloomington, Epiphany, and Holy Trinity. It takes many caring individuals and groups to achieve our goals. We welcome you to learn more about our service, our interesting history, our leadership, and how you can become involved today.