About Us

Desperate times call for…us.

As the local organization that maintains the frontline of emergency aid for neighbors in need, our ability to impact Cincinnati neighborhoods is unparalleled. We accomplish this by consistently drawing inspiration from our history, values, beliefs and founding principles.

Although part of an international organization, St. Vincent de Paul of Cincinnati is very much a grassroots charity: we create programs and fund a network that targets and directly administers to the specific needs of local residents; simultaneously, we draw on the experiences and occasional help of of Councils throughout the country.

A brief history of St. Vincent de Paul

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic organization of laypersons founded in 1833 by Frederic Ozanam and colleagues. Placed under the patronage of St. Vincent de Paul, the Society continues to derive inspiration from his thinking and work.

The Society originated in Paris where Frederic and five other university students were spurred by the challenges of their own classmates. They walked the streets of Paris, engaging in person-to-person ministry to the poor, confident that Christ would be revealed through their loving acts.

The tiny group eventually grew into today’s international organization with members in 150 countries, all helping others through neighborhood ministry.

Guiding principles

  1. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul seeks, in a spirit of justice and charity of its members, to help those who are suffering.
  2. Faithful to the spirit of its founders, the Society constantly strives to renew and adapt itself to the changing conditions of the world.
  3. Catholic in character, the Society is open to all who wish to live their faith by loving and serving their neighbor.
  4. No work of charity is foreign to the Society. Vincentian helping can include any person-to-person assistance that promotes human dignity and integrity. The Society is concerned not only with relieving need but also with redressing the situations that cause it.
  5. Members of the Society are united in the same spirit of poverty and sharing. There is no distinction regarding wealth, position, social status, or ethnic origin in the Society. Members form throughout the world with those they help, as one and the same family.

Mission

Answering Christ’s call, we foster hope by providing spiritual, emotional and material assistance on a person-to-person basis to the poor, lonely and forgotten in our community.

Vision

To bring faith alive through service to others, one neighbor at a time.

Core Values

  • Holiness of life
  • Service of the poor
  • Humility
  • Simplicity
  • Community of Faith
  • Charity

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