Our Ministry

St. Vincent de Paul of Grand Rapids, MI

We are working for the GREATER GOOD! Our Store Supports our Community!

Our mission is to help others. We provide direct assistance of clothing, furniture and household needs to those released from prison to assist in their societal re-entry, to refugees, to victims of fires and other disasters. Our Grand Rapids District Council (which runs our store) serves the community through referrals from churches, St. Vincent de Paul conferences and many other agencies.

Area Agencies We Assist or Coordinate Assistance with:
ACCESS                                                                               American Red Cross
Arbor Circle                                                                           Area Agency of Aging
Bethany Christian Services                                                  Catholic Social Services / Catholic Charities                       Calvary Church                                                                     Cherry Street Health Services
Child Protective Services                                                      Community Health Worker
Community Rebuilders                                                          DA Blodget - St. John's Home
Davita                                                                                    Department of Human Services
Devos Children's Hospital                                                     Disability Network/Lakeshore
Down Syndrome Assoc. of West Michigan                           Dwelling Place
Family Outreach Center                                                        GR Public Schools (Harrison Park)
Head Start for Kent County (Straight School)                       Heart of the City Health Center
Heartside Ministry                                                                
Help Pregnancy Crisis Aid
Home Repair Service                                                            Inner City Christian Federation
Interact of Michigan                                                              Journey 4 Life
Kent County Health Dept. (Community Nursing)                  Lutheran Services
Mel Trotter Ministries                                                            Pine Rest Jellema House
Prisoner Reentry (Pine Rest Reentry Village)                      Project Rehab
Salvation Army Booth Family Services                                Senior Meals
South End Community Outreach Services (SECOM)          Spectrum Health    
Steepletown Neighborhood Services                                   Westside Apostolate
Westside Complex                                                               Women's Resource Center
YMCA                                                                                    + Individual Churches


Our Ministry:

Christianity is not for spectators. Christianity is compassion in action. You too can help!

Our members are volunteers, not paid employees. Our members currently help those in need in our communities in many ways, including:

Members manage and volunteer in our thrift store.

Vincentians run food pantries take food to those in need, parishioners and non-parishioners.

We provide emergency financial assistance to help with concerns such as rent, electric & gas bills, etc.

Some of us do jail ministry.

We visit the sick and elderly.

We operate and distribute food from pantries.

We also need donations to assist clients with emergency needs.




  The Essential Elements of the Society

Element I: Spirituality
To bear witness to Christ and to His Church by showing that the faith of Christians inspires them to work for the good of
humanity.
 
Element II: Faith Community
To bring together men and women of good will and to assist them
by mutual example and true friendship in drawing nearer to the Divine Model
(Jesus the Christ) by fulfilling His essential precept; namely, the love of God
in the person of others.

Element III: Service
To establish a personal contact between its members and those who
suffer and to bring to the latter the most efficacious and charitable aid
possible.

 


Saint Vincent de Paul


Saint Vincent stated, “God demands first the heart, then
the work.”



 

Frederic Ozanam


Blessed Frederic Ozanam was the primary founder of The Society of
Saint Vincent de Paul. He and other college students wanted to show Christianity in action and our Society was the result.