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  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul Houston (SVdP)

    Going to those in need since 1871. ​ Inspired by Gospel values, we grow spiritually through person-to-person service to all in need in our community. Our actions promote the dignity of the person and alleviate suffering and distress while addressing the conditions that cause them through systemic change. SUPPORT OUR MISSION Direct Aid Given in 2022 $12.9M Direct Aid Provided 98K People Served in 2023 >50 Conferences 10 Counties Served >2K Vincentians Great Nonprofits rated the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Archdiocese of Galveston Houston as a "Top Rated Non-Profit." Thank you for your support. Read the reviews and share yours! REVIEWS The Society's programs and impact could not be possible without your donations. Lives are greatly impacted through your generosity. Read our recent Annual Report to learn more. 2023 ANNUAL REPORT Are you facing a distressing situation? ​ There may be a Conference in your area to perform a home visit to help you during your time of crisis. ​ Locate help in your zip code area: CALL HELPLINE Become an Ambassador for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul by volunteering. ​ Become a Vincentian member. ​ Be someone's mentor or a program facilitator. ​ Share your time and talent now. JOIN THE SOCIETY FORBES Society of St. Vincent de Paul AMERICA’S TOP 100 CHARITIES 2023

  • Newsletter Archive | Archdiocese Galveston Hou

    SVdP Vincentian Newsletter Archives Take a look at the newsletters you might have missed! November 2023 SVDP Newsletter November 1st, 2023 SVDP Newsletter November 15th, 2023 March 2024 SVDP Newsletter March1st, 2024 SVDP Newsletter March 15th, 2024 December 2023 SVDP Newsletter December 1st, 2023 SVDP Newsletter December 15th, 2023 April 2024 SVDP Newsletter April 1st, 2024 SVDP Newsletter April 15th, 2024 January 2024 February 2024 SVDP Newsletter January 1st, 2024 SVDP Newsletter January 15th, 2024 SVDP Newsletter February 1st, 2024 SVDP Newsletter February 15th, 2024 May 2024 SVDP Newsletter May 1st, 2024 SVDP Newsletter May 15th, 2024

  • About Society of St. Vincent de Paul Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

    Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Galveston - Houston We are a volunteer organization that serves Underserved Communities regardless of creed, ethnic or social background, health, gender, religious or political affiliations. About The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a 501c3 non-profit organization established with the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in 1871. It includes a network of more than 50 parish-based chapters, known as Conferences , with more than 1,700 volunteers, and a large food & clothing pantry network. ​ As ONE Society, all parish-based members of the Society, known as Vincentians , synergistically collaborate with community volunteers and mission-driven organizations to make an impact in the lives of others throughout the Greater Houston area. Mission Inspired by Gospel values, we grow spiritually through person to person service to all in need in our community. ​ Our actions promote the dignity of the person, alleviate suffering and distress, while addressing the conditions that cause them through systemic change. Vision We are a community actively living our faith by loving and providing hope to our neighbors. We envision a future where access to financial and social resources is not limited by where one lives. Essential Elements SPIRITUALITY FRIENDSHIP SERVICE Organizational Structure The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Archdiocese of Galveston - Houston is part of the South Central Region. Regional Structure International Council The International Council is Located in Paris, France and represents over 100 countries. National Council (U.S) National Council, located in St. Louis, Missouri, supports all Archdiocesan Council across the USA and reports to the International Council. (Arch) Diocesan Council Our Council office supports our Districts and Conferences to promote the Society's mission and reports to our National Office. District Council 7 District councils uniting and supporting our conferences. Our districts report to our Archdiocesan Council. Greater Houston Conferences We have 50+ Conferences reporting to District and Archdiocesan Council.

  • Donate to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Houston

    FORBES Society of St. Vincent de Paul AMERICA’S TOP 100 CHARITIES 2023 The mission cannot continue without you. If you do not see your choice of giving below, please email: development@svdphouston.org There are many ways you can be a blessing to others in need. Your donation to the Society takes only a moment but the impact lasts a lifetime. Call Email Mail a check We accept donations in the form of a check. Please make sure to make the checkout to: Society of St. Vincent de Paul c/o Development 2403 Holcombe Blvd. Houston, TX 77021 Honorarium or Memorial Fund Make a gift in honor of or in memory of a loved one; the Society will send a letter to the recipient or the recipient's family letting them know of your gift. The amount of your gift is not disclosed. We will send you a tax acknowledgment letter. Donate Online Employer Matching Check with your employer to find out if the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is eligible for the company's matching gift program. Matching gifts double the amount of impact. Planned Giving Plan ahead and leave a legacy for years to come. Your eternal gift can be in the form of a bequest, life insurance, IRAs, stock, or charitable annuities. Leave a Legacy Stocks Instead of donating the after-tax proceeds from the sale of your appreciated securities, consider increasing your impact by donating stocks, bonds, and mutual funds directly to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul through the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Stock Donation Form Endowment An endowment is a fund of assets, the principal of which is held in perpetuity and invested for the organization to receive distributions. Endowed funds are invested with a long-term goal of achieving investment returns that exceed distributions. Endowment Forms

  • Home Visit | Archdiocese Galveston Hou

    Home Visit From the Society’s beginning, the central and most basic activity of Conferences has been visiting the needy in their homes. Start Now Home Visit Spirituality, Friendship and Service are the essence of Home visits. ​ By visiting homes, Vincentians are humanizing the response to the crisis by experiencing the person's living conditions and needs. ​ From the Society’s beginning, the central and most basic activity of Conferences has been visiting those in need in their homes. ​ This is the clearest symbol of our Vincentian charism, which dictates the highest respect for the dignity of the poor. ​ It symbolizes our Vincentian commitment truly serve those in need. The essential elements of the Society are spirituality, friendship , and service. The Process 1. If you are requesting assistance, contact one of our Conferences to schedule a home visit . If you need help locating a Conference closest to your area, please call . 2. Vincentians will schedule and perform a Home Visit to listen, offer humble advice, and assess the situation to render assistance. 3. Vincentians will provide and coordinate support, then follow up with the family/ individual. Find Conference Temporary financial assistance is provided to immediately alleviate the suffering of families in distress once information has been obtained and verified by the service provider. Assistance varies from housing, utilities, and other basic needs . Financial assistance is always provided directly to the service provider, not the person in crisis Personal Encounters Vincentians humanize the experience of receiving aid during a crisis and disaster. Vincentians are not case workers. ​ They undergo special training to interact in a compassionate manner with diverse populations and communities across Greater Houston. Families are provided the dignity they deserve when Vincentians allow the Holy Spirit to guide their interactions.

  • Vincentian Reflections of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Houston

    Get Involved Don't waste time, talents or treasures. Share your gifts with the world. Invest in your community now. Which Path to Choose? Volunteers are not official members, known as Vincentians, but help provide assistance to those in need. ​ Vincentians are active or associate members of the Society who are called by God to grow in spirituality through friendships and service. ​ Special Occasion allows you to turn your next event into a celebration with an impact! Tell us some dates you would like to host your event, your zip code area, and how many family and friends will be joining you. ​ ​ VOLUNTEER VINCENTIAN SPECIAL OCCASION No time to volunteer? DONATE Conferences A Conference is a parish or community-based chapter of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Archdiocese of Galveston Houston. ​ There are currently more than 50 active Conferences operating throughout the Galveston-Houston. Each Conference has a leadership team: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Spiritual Advisor. ​ More than 2k Vincentians serving the needs of those in need. Elements of a Conference: Spirituality, Friendship, Service. ​ Vincentians A Vincentian is the name given to a commissioned member of the Society. Vincentians put their faith into action by responding to the needs of people regardless of race, creed, age, gender, or legal status. ​ The vocation of a Vincentian is to follow Christ through service to those in need and bear witness to His compassionate and liberating love. Members show their commitment by visiting people in their homes and performing special works to alleviate the suffering of those in crisis.

  • Volunteer with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Houston

    Youth and young adults are encouraged to start the journey of volunteerism early. ​ Interested in becoming a member, known as a Vincentian? ​ Interested in learning more before becoming a member? ​ All volunteers are required to take the Safe Haven training (also known as Safe Environment ) and complete a background check, which must be renewed every 5 years. Official Volunteer Application Safe Haven

  • Systemic Change Initiative | Archdiocese Galveston Hou

    Systemic Change Initiative Promoting systemic change means offering holistic support that empowers those we serve to make their way out of poverty and into-self-sufficiency. GETTING AHEAD PROGRAM LEARN MORE APPLY TO PROGRAM Sessions begin in January & July each year APPLY TODAY Program Goals Working in a group learning environment, participants, become "investigators", and learn how money is only one of eleven resources to achieve success. Resources participants learn to move from crisis to sustainability: Social Capital Support System: Friends, family, network. Relationship/Role model : Access to people who can help improve your outcomes. Motivation & Persistence: Energy, drive and planning Financial: How to use money to purchase assets and services. Emotional: Ability to control emotional responses, increase Integrity, build trust, and maintain safety. Physical: Health and mobility Knowledge of Hidden rules: Know unspoken cues and behaviors of different social environments. Spiritual: Belief in divine purpose. Language: Ability to use appropriate vocabulary and grammar for different social environments Mental: Cognitive capacity to master daily life challenges. Program Benefits Become an Investigator If you’ve spent part of your life—or most of your life—struggling to get by, the idea of actually getting ahead might seem out of reach. Even if your story has been filled with barriers, vanishing opportunities, and setbacks, this program can change your next chapter. Yes, you have to write your own story, but you don’t have to do it alone. APPLY TODAY UNDERSTANDING OF THE HIDDEN RULES DIVERSE SUPPORT NETWORK STRATEGIC PLANNING PARTICIPATION STIPEND Getting Ahead Program Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World is a 16-week series for motivated people ready to change their life by acquiring the tools and support necessary to "get ahead" in today’s world. ​ Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World takes participants on a step-by-step journey to discover resources and build the resiliency necessary to overcome life's obstacles. This program helps participants build the life they want. APPLY Sessions Include the Following Modules: 01 01 01 MY LIFE NOW Investigate poverty; what is it like for us and our community? 02 02 02 THEORY OF CHANGE Be free from solving the same problems over and over again. 03 03 03 RICH/POOR GAP Research on causes of poverty; understand poverty from different perspectives. 04 04 04 HIDDEN RULES OF ECONOMIC CLASS Learn, understand, and be able to use the Hidden "Rules" of the wealthy, middle class and impoverished. 05 05 05 IMPORTANCE OF LANGUAGE Investigate formal register and negotiation tools. 06 06 06 ELEVEN RESOURCES Investigate societal, community, relational, emotional, and financial resources. 07 07 07 SELF ASSESMENT OF RESOURCES Conduct self-assessments. 08 08 08 COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT Deeper investigation of community resources. 09 09 09 BUILDING RESOURCES Create a treasure chest to achieve economic stability. 10 10 10 PERSONAL AND COMMUNITY PLANS Develop a detailed plan for your future. Only 12 participants per cohort. Participants are chosen based on the information in the application, along with their willingness to fully participate in all sessions. Sessions are held virtually. Equipment is provided. Getting Ahead GRADUATE Program The second phase elevates participants' commitment to improving their own lives. Mentors become their teammate to provide the encouragement in achieving self-sufficiency and sustainability. Cohort '23 Cohort '23 Assists Graduates with developing a pragmatic action plan to their vision of a better life. Guides Graduates in building financial, social, and emotional resources. Provides Graduate with incentives once successes and milestones are achieved. 6 MONTH GRADUATE PROGRAM MUST FIRST COMPLETE THE 16-WEEK GETTING AHEAD PROGRAM Getting Ahead ALUMNI Program Continue your journey. Become an Ambassador. Join the ALUMNI program. Continues exploring key community resources to maintain self-sufficiency. Provides educational workshops and online resources to stay motivated on journey. ONGOING PROGRAM Hosts community job fairs , networking opportunities and recognition events throughout the year. Provides alumni participants the opportunity to become mentors, facilitators, and even Vincentians to continue strengthening the community. MUST FIRST COMPLETE THE 6 MONTH GRADUATE PROGRAM Participant Experience Christy Christy loved the getting ahead program. She states it was instrumental for her personal and professional growth. Christy has learned systemic poverty and how to overcome it. Although she remains at her current job, she states she now has a better insight on how to look for better opportunities. Christy has gone through the 16 week getting ahead program, graduate program and is now helping facilitate alumni program. Mary Mary had lost her job and had no income for over 3 months. Due to her lack of knowledge about available resources, this was a difficult situation to overcome. After participating in the Getting Ahead program, she has started to work through her situations and begin a new path to financial stability. Mary continues to refer other individuals to the program and hopes to become a facilitator for the program to help others around her. Gloria Gloria shares that the getting ahead program is an open environment to discuss situations that have impacted you, and how the resources provided in the program helped resolve those issues. She says what she liked the most was that resources cam from both mentors and other participants in the program. Gloria would like to participate more with the community and expand the information she has received in the prgram. Submit your application for the New Cohort: Application Make an impact by becoming a Program Facilitator or Mentor today: gettingahead@svdphouston.org ​ Join in prayer for the program participants by clicking HERE Share Brochure and Poster with your church members.

  • Financial Information for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Houston

    Financial Information Prudent stewardship and accountability is the Board's top priority. Careful management of operational resources in a business-like manner is necessary to continuously fulfill the mission of the Society. 2023 Annual Report 2023 Impact Report IRS and Accounting Documents: 501c3 Letter Form 990 Audit Report FORBES Society of St. Vincent de Paul AMERICA’S TOP 100 CHARITIES 2023

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