St. Vincent de Paul Society Conference - Holy Spirit Catholic Church
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) is ‘A network of friends, inspired by Gospel values, growing in holiness and building a more just world through personal relationships with and service to people in need.’
Please call 331-213-1402 to learn more or to request assistance.
Services provided include:
- Home, hospital and prison visits
- Housing assistance including rent subsidy
- Disaster relief and long-term recovery
- Education and mentoring
- Payment of rent and utilities
- Help with transportation
- Help with prescription medications expenses
- Food pantries
Why We Do What We Do
Holy Spirit Catholic Church Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society formed in 2012. The numbers through September 2019 tell the story of its impact:
- Served over 159 clients.
- Provided $54,700 in aid for rent, mortgage and utilities assistance.
- Distributed $10,600 in gift cards to buy groceries, clothing, transportation, etc.
- Sponsored two clothing drives annually for Saint Vincent de Paul thrift stores in Joliet Diocese.
- Joliet Store, 307 North Chicago Street, Joliet, IL
- Joliet West Store, 1820 W Jefferson Street, Joliet, IL
- Conference volunteers provide hot meals two times a year to:
- The Family Shelter Center at HESED HOUSE, Aurora, IL.
- The Moving UP Program of Loaves and Fishes Cares, Naperville, IL.
- Our Conference collaborates and supports five other Naperville SVdP Conferences when client needs exceed what one conference can do alone.
The Society's nearly 100,000 trained volunteers in the United States provide 12.5 million hours of volunteer service, helping more than 5.4 million people through visits to homes, prisons and hospitals at a value of more than $1.1 billion dollars.
- The Society serves people in need regardless of creed, ethnic or social background, health, gender or political opinions.
- The National Council coordinates programs that directly benefit local SVdP Conferences/Councils such as: domestic disaster relief efforts, the Friends of the Poor® Walk/Run and the Friends of the Poor® Grant Program. Other support includes: fundraising and communications resources, the Servant Leadership Program, Vincentian training material and the Serving in Hope Training Program. Financial support is provided to international relief efforts as requested by the SVdP International office in Paris.
- The Society was founded in 1833 in Paris by Frédéric Ozanam. As a college student, Ozanam and his companions were moved by the plight of the poor and challenged to put their Catholic faith into action. They adopted St. Vincent de Paul as the Society’s patron because he cared for the poor, forgotten and downtrodden of Paris.
- The first SVdP presence in the U.S. was established in 1845 in St. Louis, Mo., where the headquarters remains. U.S. membership totals nearly 100,000 in 4,500 communities.
- To learn more about SVdP, please visit www.svdpusa.org.