Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Sacred Heart Conference, Inc.

25200 Airport Rd

Punta Gorda, FL. 33950

941-575-0767

 

941-575-0767

 

Located at the corner of Airport and Taylor Roads

 

Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to noon.

Who we are

 

Like that of its founder, Frédéric Ozanam, the vision of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul "is to embrace the world in a network of charity."

Members of the Society of St.Vincent de Paul (or "Vincentians" ) are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need. We are young and old. Our members come in every shade of skin color. Some of us are wealthy, some are financially poor, but all of us are blessed with an awareness that our blessings (time, talent or treasure) are to be shared with our brothers and sisters in need.

 

We know that we are not alone. We are part of an international society of friends united by a spirit of poverty, humility, and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings, and adherence to a basic Rule.

Energized by the awareness that service to our brother or sister in need is in fact an encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ, members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are keenly aware that poverty, suffering and loneliness are present for millions in our communities. For that reason, we collaborate with all who seek to relieve need and address its causes.

 


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international organization of lay Catholics who seek to grow in holiness by following Jesus' clear commandment to all of us to help the poor and needy around us. 

 

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is the largest lay Catholic charity organization in the world. We have over 700,000 members in 139 countries, with over 57,000 of us in the United States. If you travel anywhere in the country and you mention the St. Vincent de Paul Society at any parish you visit, they will likely know about SVDP.

 

We call ourselves "Vincentians", in tribute to St. Vincent de Paul. What all Vincentians have in common is a desire to serve those who are poor and suffering - the homeless, the sick, the lonely, and the elderly.

 

Vincentians help with food, provide clothing and furniture, help prevent homelessness by helping with rent, assist with utility bills, provide transportation, and assist in many other ways. The motto of the Society is "No act of charity is foreign to the Society."

 

Vincentians embrace the lonely, forgotten, and alienated and provide service to anyone in need. By helping those in need, we offer hope to individuals, providing a chance for them to recover from their financial problems, often keeping them from becoming homeless.

 

Despite the prosperity of our community, poverty and pain are all around us.  Often, SVDP represents a lifeline for people struggling to survive.  In the spirit of Christ, who leads our ministry, we help our neighbors based on need - without judgement.