Who We Are

History

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) was formed by seven men in Paris, France in 1833. Today, the Society can be found in 150 countries on 5 continents with over 800,000 women and men carrying on the tradition of performing works of charity for those in need. SVdP came to Dallas in 1954. Today, we have nearly 1,000 members in 38 parish-based conferences throughout the Diocese of Dallas.

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Mission

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a faith-based volunteer organization that offers direct aid to those in need across nine counties in North Texas. The Society provides short-term financial, material and emotional support. People are empowered to reach the goal of self-sufficiency through advocacy, education and referrals. Inspired by Gospel values, members grow spiritually through person-to-person service to all in need. Through systemic change, the Society promotes dignity, alleviates suffering and distress, and addresses the conditions that cause the person to need assistance.

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Council & Conferences

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Diocesan Council of Dallas (SVdP) has been operating in North Texas since 1954. We are dedicated to helping those in need by offering immediate assistance as well as offering educational, advocacy and referral programs to empower self-sufficiency. In coordination with our dedicated professional staff, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Diocesan Council currently operates 6 district councils representing 38 parish-based groups referred to as “conferences” with nearly 1,000 volunteers known as “Vincentians” who offer person-to person assistance to grow spiritually through this service to those in need.

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