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Society of St. Vincent de Paul

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(503) 235-7837
5120 Se Milwaukie Ave
Portland, OR 97202
Category: Family & Community:Community Services:Social Service Organizations


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a worldwide Catholic organization of laypersons, open to all who wish to live their faith by loving and serving their neighbor. The Society’s work encompasses any form of aid that alleviates suffering and it strives to discover and redress situations, which cause suffering.

We are an international charitable lay Catholic organization established in 1833 by a young college student, Frederic Ozanam. Challenged to put his faith into action, Ozanam created the Society and named it after Vincent de Paul, a saint noted for his work with the poor. The St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVDP) began in the United States in St. Louis, Missouri in 1845 and has since spread to every state in the union.

The first St. Vincent de Paul Conference on the Pacific Coast was established in Portland Oregon on October 9, 1869. Their first major contribution to this community was sponsoring St. Vincent’s Hospital, in Portland in 1874.

In keeping with the mission of the Society, in FY2008 the SVDP Portland Council distributed over 4 million pounds of food to hungry people. For 140 years, the Portland District Council represents the combined efforts of 50 local conferences. The Portland Council Service District covers Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Multnomah, and Washington counties.

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In addition to coordinating the efforts of the conferences, the council, with a paid professional staff, manages special works’ programs including operating a prepared and perishable food recovery program, maintaining a food bank, operating a free mobile kitchen/cafe for the hungry, providing emergency services to the homeless and working poor and maintaining a support structure for information referral, and linkage in assistance to the Conference volunteers.

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