Society of St. Vincent de Paul Mission Statement
Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul. As a reflection of the whole family of God, Members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule.
Organized locally, Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store Mission Statement
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores throughout the United States are mutually formed in an association of lay employees and volunteers dedicated to serving our needy sisters and brothers. All who come to our Stores are welcomed with dignity and respect. Our hope is that they leave as friends and return to shop with us again.
Those who cannot afford clothing, furniture, and other household items, are provided them through a Vincentian referral system. Customers, employees, and volunteers are treated equally without regard to race, color, creed, age, sex or national origin. All, including the disadvantaged, handicapped, and persons with special needs, are employed so that we may all benefit from the talents and abilities of everyone seeking employment.
Serving Christ’s needy is the primary goal of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Stores. In this ministry, we pledge to use sound business practices. Surplus funds will be dedicated to the support of parish conferences and charitable causes of the Society approved by our Councils and Boards of Directors.