The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a worldwide Catholic organization of laypersons, open to all who wish to live their faith by loving and serving their neighbor. Generally on a person to person basis, members of the society help those in need, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, orientation, handicap, or religion.
Who We Are
The St Vincent de Paul Society is an international charitable lay Catholic organization. It was established in 1833 by a college student, Frederic Ozanam. Challenged to put his faith into action, Frederic created the Society, and named it after Vincent de Paul, a saint noted for his work with the poor.
The St Therese Conference of St Vincent de Paul is an all-volunteer organization. We serve the poor within our parish boundaries. The main ways we serve the poor are by providing food boxes, and by helping with rent and utilities.
Food boxes require a lot of volunteer hours. Food donations must be moved from the food bank to the pantry. The shelves need to be stocked. The food boxes need to be packed. Volunteers are needed to dispatch Saturday deliveries. We delivery all food boxes so have a constant need for drivers. Volunteers confirm requests for rent and utilities assistance.
Food box packers are needed Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoon.
Saturday morning, help is needed to assist with food box deliveries and dispatching. Drivers are needed Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. A volunteer is needed to coordinate rent and utility assistance. Volunteers are needed at the main office to answer telephone calls. Help is needed on Wednesday morning to unload and put away food
received from the Oregon food bank. If you can help with any one of these needs on a rotating or occasional basis please call.
call Shasta at 503-253-7566
How to Donate
Non-perishable food items can be brought to mass and placed in a shopping basket that will be outside the door. If you are making a large donation, please call Shasta at 503-253-7566 to make arrangements. If you would like to donate inventory or hold a food drive also contact Shasta. There are two ways to make monetary donations. If you are a St Therese parishioner, donation envelopes can be found in your bi-monthly packet of donation envelopes. You can also mail a donation by sending your check to St Vincent de Paul, St Therese Parish, 1260 NE 132nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97230. Checks should be made out to the St. Vincent de Paul. Please call Shasta at 503-253-7566 for information about bequests and memorial donations.
We are located at 1260 NE 131st Place, between Halsey and Glisan.