St. Vincent de Paul Center at 135 Wilson St., Newark, OH 43055 US - Learn more About UsLearn more About Us
The Saint Vincent de Paul Center had it beginnings at 161 Union Street in Newark, Ohio, and is now located at 135 Wilson St., with a homeless shelter next door (St. Vincent Haven) at 115 Wilson St. The Center has been blessed with many fine volunteers and generous contributions from the Catholic parishes, local businesses and individuals. The Center operates in association with representatives and volunteers from the six area Saint Vincent de Paul Society Conferences of Blessed Sacrament, St. Edward The Confessor, St. Francis de Sales, St. Leonard, Church of the Ascension, and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Volunteers in the community also assist in the operation. Some of the Center activities and accomplishments are listed below: During 2004 the Center Food Pantry served more than 2,485 households, representing 7,798 persons and 70,182 meals; established a furniture, small appliance and house wares donation program by expanding the warehouse space by 30%; purchased a large box truck for pickup and delivery of donated items using a rotating volunteer staff; installed a voicemail system for those in need, wishing to volunteer or donate household goods and clothing. This Website has been established to inform the community and enhance services to clients and volunteers alike.
The vocation of the Society’s members, who are called Vincentians, is to follow Christ through service to those in need and so bear witness to His compassionate and liberating love. Members show their commitment through person-to-person contact. Vincentians serve in hope.
Our Organization's History
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a worldwide Catholic lay organization celebrating 170 years of service. Currently, there are one million members operating in 130 countries. The "Conference of Charity," from which the Society of St. Vincent de Paul sprang, was founded in Paris in April, 1833 by a few young men and a Catholic publicist. The principal founder was a man of twenty years of age, hailing from Lyons, named Frederic Ozanam.