St. Vincent de Paul
St Vincent de Paul
The St Lawrence O’Toole Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society is one of the oldest SVDP Conferences in the United States. Our Conference has been active since it was formed in December of 1865 (only thirty-two years after the original Society of Saint Vincent de Paul was founded in France).
Our primary goal is our spiritual growth, but our common ministry endeavors to alleviate suffering from poverty, loneliness, hunger, homelessness, and financial desperation. We assist people of all faiths and backgrounds.
We meet in the Conference Room every other Wednesday at 7:00 PM. We begin each meeting with a spiritual reading and lively discussion of the upcoming Sunday’s gospel before we discuss our projects.
We make home visits to those who call for financial assistance. Visiting in pairs, we listen to their story and their needs so that we can discern how best to help them.
We coordinate a women’s shelter for the homeless during the winter months. Our Shelter operates every other weekend—evenings, Friday through Sunday—from November through April. The ladies are given a hot meal when they arrive. They have a warm bed overnight and are provided with breakfast in the morning before they leave. We have volunteers who setup each night, in addition to volunteers who stay overnight.
On the Third Saturday of each month, we cook and serve lunch at our Soup Kitchen, which we run as part of a cooperative (various local churches take different Saturdays). On average, we feed between 150 and 200 guests each time.
On the Second Tuesday of each month, we sponsor Dinner at Ronald McDonald House. We provide a delicious dinner to pediatric cancer patients, their families, and the staff — typically 100 people each time.
In addition to the food and toy drives that we organize through out the year, we also coordinate The Christmas Angel Project. Two local parishes provide us with a list of people in need and the preferred gift choices for them. We collect over 400 nicely wrapped presents from generous Saint Ignatius parishioners to give to those two parishes.
If you would like to volunteer for any activities, please leave a message for Teresa Abruzzo at the Parish House: 212-288-3588.