Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic lay organization that leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually in the offer of person to person service to those in need and who are suffering, in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul. 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 providing critical assistance for those in need, serving all persons, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.
Our Service to the needy and the suffering mirrors that of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington. It comprises the three counties of Delaware - New Castle, Kent, and Sussex. Additionally it includes nine counties in the state of Maryland - Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester.
Within this area, there are 33 local conferences in 31 parishes and 2 prison conferences. A conference usually consists of 10-15 members who help the needy and suffering in their locality.
HOME VISITS - Two Vincentians visit the needy in their homes to provide spiritual support and economic assistance. During the year 2003, Wilmington St. Vincent de Paul members visited 17,000 needy and suffering clients in their homes, in prisons, in hospitals and in old age/retirement homes. While we are a Catholic organization, over 80% of the people we help are non- Catholics. We make no distinction in those served because in them Vincentians see the face of Christ.
PRISON MINISTRY - There are two prison conferences in Delaware - The Delaware Correctional Center in Smyrna, DE; which houses men, and The Baylor Correctional Center in New Castle, DE; which houses women. Our prison inmate members distribute personal care items (deodorant, shampoo, soap, etc.) to the poorest inmates and we also conduct a "Prison to Work" program whereby we help released inmates find housing, a job, clothes, furniture, etc.
(1) Registered parishioners should call their church Conference - if one exists.
(2) Otherwise, the closest Conference should be called. Other, more distant Conferences, should not be called - as each Conference has a specific service area.
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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Council of Wilmington is a tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (EIN 51-0641320). Monetary donations tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Council of Wilmington is very effective in utilizing donations. In 2014, only 3.94% of overall expenses were not related to directly providing goods and services.
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