Saint Vincent de Paul
Saint Vincent de Paul was born in 1851 in a poor region of Gascony, France. From childhood to adulthood he was known for his intellect and his hard work for the poor. He was also known for his training of priests and faith missions. Saint Vincent de Paul is often seen as the “Father of the Poor”. He founded the Congregation of the Mission, Daughters of Charity, Confraternities of Charity, as well as the Ladies of Charity. Saint Vincent de Paul was canonized as a saint by Pope Benedict XIII in 1729 establishing a timeless era of peace and charity.
Saint Vincent de Paul's legacy ultimately led Blessed Frederic Ozanam to found the Conference of Charity, which would later become known as The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, in France. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the United States traces it beginnings to St. Louis, Missouri at the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France. With more than four thousand conferences throughout the United States there is always a helping hand ready to assist those most in need among us.
Do you have a few hours extra a week? Giving some of your time through volunteer work is a great way of giving back to the community. St. Vincent de Paul can always use your helping hand. Whether your help is volunteering at one of our stores, picking up donations, or assisting at one of the conference food banks, there is opportunity to give back to those in need.
We all have gently used clothing, household items, and furniture taking up needed space. Why not donate those items to a person in need. You can drop off your clothing and household donations at one of our stores or schedule a pickup for your furniture donations. For more information check out our donations page for items that our thrift stores accept.
Not only can we support the poor with our time and our donated items, but we can also donate our “treasure” to St. Vincent de Paul. Funds gathered by St. Vincent de Paul goes toward supporting basic services or programs that get much needed help into the hands of needy individuals. To learn how your monetary donation can help those in need, visit our donation page.
Our Lord, Jesus Christ, calls all individuals to feed the people who are sick and impoverished. We have two locations where individuals can pick up or donate food so that it can be delivered into the hands of needy individuals.
The Bowling Green, KY chapter of St. Vincent de Paul offers financial assistance to individuals who have fallen on hard times. View our Financial Assistance page for location and assistance options.
If you are in need of help to provide clothing for your family please contact us. You may be able to go to your local conference to get the clothing items you need, or you can visit one of our thrift stores to purchase gently used articles of clothing.