Mission & Vision


A network of friends, inspired by Gospel values, growing in holiness through building a more just world through personal relationships with and service to people in need.


Like that of its founder, Frédéric Ozanam, the vision of St. Vincent de Paul Detroit “is to embrace the world in a network of charity,” to impact poverty through systemic change.

What We Do

For 134 years, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdPD) has heard and responded to the cries of those we serve, regardless of creed, ethnic or social background, health or gender. All are welcome at our door.

SVdPD feeds families, provides beds, warm clothes and other urgent needs. Through face-to-face in-home visits, our Vincentian volunteers act as modern-day apostles offering hope, dignity and compassion by proclaiming and exemplifying Gospel values. Last year alone, SVdPD made over 45,000 home visits and served over 300,000 neighbors.

This is our faith, every faith, at its best.

The needs of the underserved are growing, and by making it personal through home visits, we can meet those increasing needs. SVdP brings together people of all faiths to build a more just world through personal relationships with, and service to, people in need. Through outreach programs that include emergency services, food, clothing and utility assistance, the Society empowers people at critical moments in their journeys and helps lift them from poverty towards a stable path.

Our home visits are at the heart of what we do. They afford us the opportunity to see and hear our neighbors differently – with our heart.

See and hear as we do. Help us help them see the possible.