Since 1968 the St. Joseph the Worker Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) has brought hope to individuals and families. Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international lay organization of women and men established in Paris in 1833. In the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul, the Society offers direct, tangible assistance (food, clothing, and household necessities), financial help, and emotional and spiritual support, through one-on-one interaction, to individuals in need.
Lunch for the Homeless
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, the SVDP Lunch Program is open to those in need of a meal. Parish volunteers cook and serve lunch to men, women, and children in a comfortable, shady patio adjacent to the Conference Center.
The Food Pantry, staffed by volunteers, is open every Saturday morning.
Food donations are needed to stock the Food Pantry shelves. Please place nonperishable food items in the St. Vincent de Paul boxes at the church entrances any time.
A parish food drive takes place each November to gather items for Thanksgiving baskets distributed to needy families.
On the first Sunday of Advent, the Sharing Tree is decorated with gift tags for children and youth. Parishioners remove a tag and bring a wrapped Christmas gift appropriate for the age of the person indicated on the tag.
The SVDP truck is parked in the parish parking lot every three months on the first Sunday of the month to receive donations of used furniture, working kitchen appliances, and clean used clothing.
Financial contributions are essential to the work of SVDP. Special blue donation envelopes are available in the pew pockets in the church. Parishioners are encouraged to continue St. Joseph the Worker’s long tradition of generosity and charity.
Vincentians give their time and talent to these projects and welcome all who would like to join in this ministry. There is a particular need for volunteers who are bilingual (Spanish/English).
SVDP meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. and the third Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. and invites all who would like to join this ministry and serve those in need.
•To volunteer at the Food Pantry, contact:
•To volunteer at the Lunch Program, contact: