The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a worldwide Catholic organization of laypersons whose members strive to live their faith by serving the less fortunate with love and dignity, without judgement or discrimination. As a way to help people escape the cycle of poverty, more than 2,200 volunteers lend assistance to those lacking the basic necessities of life, offering a hand up rather than a handout.
To live the gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice, hope, and joy, and by working to shape a more just and compassionate society.
- We bind ourselves spiritually by our service to the needy and suffering in our community.
- We practice humility, patience, and kindness towards volunteers, staff and those we serve.
- We serve anyone who comes to us for help, regardless of ethnicity, age, creed, or income level.
- We remember, as Vincentians, that God is present in everyone who asks for our help.
Board of Directors
All board members are independent voting members with the exception of the Council’s spiritual advisor, who is a non-voting member. None of the board members have any financial relationship with St. Vincent de Paul Portland Council.
All members listed are current on the board as of October 2017.
First Vice President
Second Vice President
Former Executive Director of SVdP – Portland Council
Fr. John Marshall
N/NE Portland District Representative
SE Portland District Representative
E Portland District Representative
WA County District Representative
Clackamas County Representative
Portland Council Leadership
Manager, Emergency Services & Mobile Kitchen
Consolidated Financial Highlights for 2018
Assets on September 30, 2018
58.7% Expendable assets:
10.0% Cash held by the Council
19.4% Cash held by the Conferences
0.3% Inventory and other assets
41.3% Nonexpendable assets:
35.3% Capital assets
6.0% Charitable trusts
Revenues in 2018
97.4% Public support:
37.9% Cash contributions and pledges
59.5% In-kind contributions
2.6% Earned revenues:
0.3% Investments and other
Expenses in 2018
94.3% Program Services:
31.9% Emergency Services
61.2% Food Bank
1.2% Low-income housing
5.7% Supporting services:
Our Conferences (Pantry Locations)
The Society is open to all who wish to live their faith by loving and serving their neighbor. It has always been a grass roots organization using volunteers organized by local Catholic parishes who provide service to their community. These small, geographically-based groups are called Conferences. With a staff of 10, and a volunteer Board of 11, the Portland Council and 49 Conferences serve Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Clatsop and Columbia counties through a network of 2,200 volunteers from 49 Conferences.
The Conference is the basic and essential grouping of St. Vincent de Paul. Each Conference, because of its Vincentian commitment, engages regularly in the person-to-person service of those in need. The persons to be helped and the works to be performed are determined by the Conference itself. Conference services are provided without monetary compensation to the members. Help is not limited to material need and includes all activities that strengthen and nurture the human spirit.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society was established in 1833 by a young college student, Frederic Ozanam. Challenged to put his faith into action, Ozanam created the Society and named it after Vincent de Paul, a saint noted for his work with the poor. The Society began work in the United States in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1845 and has since spread to every state in the union.
The St. Vincent de Paul Portland Council was established in 1869. The Council was founded in the spirit of justice and charity, not only helping those individual and families living in poverty but seeking to eliminate the root causes of poverty. The Council’s first major contribution to the community was the donation of both land and money to the Sisters of Providence for the building of the first St. Vincent Hospital in 1871.
In October of 2019 we proudly celebrated our 150th anniversary of service and support to those in need.