Volunteers from Sacred Heart and Divine Child parishes make up a conference of the
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
(SVdP). This is an international lay Catholic ministry that
sees the wounded Christ in the face of God’s poor and suffering
Our mission is to v
isit needy clients in their homes, pray with them, and help with food, clothing, medical bills, furniture and rent whenever possible.
Through this work, our volunteers – called Vincentians – may grow spiritually.
We are not a social service agency, but all Vincentians seek personal holiness through works of charity. We touch the poor within our parish boundaries, and often collaborate with other parishes to help those who struggle. Our conference depends on our parishioners’ generosity, whose donations to our church poor boxes fund this ministry almost entirely.
And we do more than visit the poor. Here are some of the additional ways we try to help the suffering in our communities:
to feed hungry walk-ins at Sacred Heart’s parish office. We also support
a food pantry
at St. Sebastian in Dearborn Heights.
SVdP offers camping programs for needy kids,
at Camp Ozanam on the shores of Lake Huron.
annual clothing drives
at both Sacred Heart and Divine Child, sending thousands of items to the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Inkster, where clients can find gently used clothing, housewares, furniture and more. (
If you would like to donate, the Thrift Store accepts household goods and clothing anytime. For pick-up of furniture and other large items, please call 313-672-7837 or 877-788-4623, and SVdP will arrange to send a truck to your home. Email pick-up requests to
SVdP offers a Vehicle Donation Program, which actually helps families in obtaining reliable transportation. The Society’s low overhead costs make your donations even more valuable. Free, timely pickups and all appraisal services are available for vehicles with a fair market value of $5,000 or more. Call 1-800-322-8242 to make your donation count.
We have a rich history: the Society of St. Vincent de Paul was founded in 1833 by a 20 year-old college student, Frederic Ozanam, in Paris, France. Today, we are graced with over 700,000 members in 148 countries worldwide. Maybe God is calling you!
If you are interested in becoming a Vincentian, or simply want to learn more about the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, please call the parish office at 313-278-5555.