Making a Difference


St. Vincent de Paul with 2,065 volunteers is on the front lines serving the homeless and economically disadvantaged in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Clatsop & Columbia counties. In 2016 we reached 385,000 people across this wide area. These are just a few examples of how we make a difference everyday in the lives of those in need.

Rent & Utility Assistance

In 2016, St. Vincent de Paul and its 50 Catholic church partners, distributed $1.4 million in rent, utility, and transportation assistance. Recently we received the following thank you note from a client we helped.

Brian & Staff,

 Thanks again! I am deeply grateful for the support I recently received from SVdP. I have no family or spouse and was truly in crisis. Thanks to SVdP, I have heat and lights! You do great work in the world. Thank you! 



Feeding the Hungry

In 2016, 4.2 million pounds of food were distributed to families, including 3,590 Christmas food boxes.  From May – December of 2016 the Mobile Kitchen served 3,684 meals to adults and children.

“My husband left me a couple of weeks ago. I have two small children, I don’t know what I would have done without St. Vincent de Paul. They delivered a huge box full of food for Christmas dinner and presents for my children.”

“I am disabled and live on a fixed income I don’t know what I would do without help from St. Vincent de Paul.”

Lending a Hand

“Thanks for your help with rent assistance. I am very grateful! Have never needed this kind of assistance before. I didn’t even know it was available. One of your volunteers was very helpful and so was all the staff at St. Vincent de Paul.”
“I have never been in my current unemployed situation and needed assistance. I am so grateful for all of your help. I especially want to thank your staff, they were great. I almost had my power turned off and you came through and allowed me to keep my power on. It is nice to know there are good people like you out there lending a hand. I can never thank you enough!”

 Posted by on August 25, 2011 at 1:13 pm