St. Vincent de Paul Society Sacramento Council

In the spirit of love and justice, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Sacramento Council, through its districts and conferences throughout the Diocese of Sacramento, provides person-to-person services of time, talent, and resources to help our neighbors in need. Our organization provides direct assistance to the community's most vulnerable residents-those who live in poverty and those who are struggling to make ends meet. No charity is foreign to the Society. #HelpUsHelpOthers

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Address: 608 University Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95825
County or Parish: Sacramento
Primary NTEE: Human Services 
Sub NTEE: Human Services 
Executive Director: Judy Dietlien
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-972-1212
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international, non-profit Catholic lay organization that provides social services to people in need. The Society derives its inspiration from the philosophy and works of its patron, St. Vincent de Paul.The Society, whose members are known as "Vincentians," has over 1 million members in over 140 countries throughout the world.Following the tradition of Frederic Ozanam, founder of the International Society of St. Vincent de Paul, we serve anyone in need, regardless of race, creed, or origin. Locally, the Sacramento Diocesan Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul covers 40,000 square miles with over 50 Conferences and more than 900 volunteers.
SVDP Sacramento Council provides direct assistance to a community's most vulnerable residents-those who live in poverty and those who are struggling to make ends meet. Our goal is to help them meet basic needs, build self-sufficiency, and ultimately break the cycle of poverty. Instead of only helping those who come to us, we provide one-on-one service through our home visits, going into people's homes to learn the extent of their needs before determining how to help.
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Unrestricted - Every donation we receive, goes right back into serving the poor in the Sacramento Area. Raising Unrestricted funds, allows us to promote the expansion of council service programs, (e.g., disaster relief, refugee assistance) and direct financial and/or training support to our conferences. It also allows us the ability to strengthen our infrastructure administratively as we are run entirely on a volunteer basis.
  2. Funding: Program - As the needs have been rising, we are growing our programs. Our programming includes our Disaster Relief program supporting those nationally and locally when emergency events happen. Supporting those in our Housing Resettlement Program for homeless transitioning into housing and refugee resettlement programs. And growing our network of resources through our Home Visit Program, Youth Programs, and our Resource Center.
  3. In-Kind Donations - Last year, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, through its local conferences, served almost a quarter of a million people in need in the vast area of the Sacramento Diocese. Food, clothing, housing, whatever is needed. Sadly, our efforts reached only a fraction of those in poverty in our communities. As we seek to expand our charitable services, we know that we can only help others with your help.
  4. Volunteers - Our entire organization runs 100% on unpaid volunteers. As such, volunteers are the lifeline to our mission.This need expands to volunteers who are interested in serving the Society, as well as those who are interested in serving as members of our Board of Directors as well.
  5. Technology - The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is growing to meet the needs of the 21st century and technology is a huge part of that. As we grow, we are always in need of additional technology to train our volunteers, and better support the needs of those we serve through mentoring and education.
The Sacramento Diocesan Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides leadership, technical assistance, management training and resource development. The Council supports seven geographic District Councils. This allows local Conferences to better devote their own resources to serving their local communities. The Council seeks to develop and promote innovative strategies that address human needs and social justice. The Council responds to the Council of the United States in its focuses on economic justice, ending hunger and poverty in America, and the Society's response to natural disasters nationally and internationally.

Paul Starkey -- Former President of Sacramento Diocesan Council