St. Vincent de Paul Society
St. Vincent De Paul Society has a long history of charitable work and direct service to the poor and needy. This community of believers plays an important part in our parishes. They help the parish administration in dispensing Charity and the governance of stewardship to those in dire straits.
This society of men and women adopt and follow the vision of their founder St. Vincent de Paul, to direct their compassion into works of charity with dignity: to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to extend shelter to the homeless, to minister to the sick and hospital releases, provide face-to-face assistance to the young and the elderly, through home visits to people and families in need of food, rent and other necessities of life, provide safe harbor to the most vulnerable members of our society namely women and children fleeing from abuse, help house those trying to live clean and sober lives, to visit those imprisoned, to facilitate others to re-enter society after incarceration, to give them hope in tomorrow, to ennoble them through various measures and counseling to help re-integrate themselves into the society and become productive citizens.
In this area of the City of South San Francisco, they have a “Café St. Vincent and Homeless Help Desk” located at 344 Grand Avenue. They supply ‘eat-in hot meals’, bag lunches, mail/telephone service, ID’s/DMV assistance, clothing vouchers, toiletries, towels, blankets/sleeping bags, haircut vouchers, Pastoral care, referrals and assistance to access shelters, transportation, transitional housing, mental health, detox, drug/alcohol programs, ESL classes etc.
The Parish of All Souls supports this ministry of St. Vincent De Paul Society. All Souls Parish Conference of St. Vincent de Paul invites volunteers regularly to help in whatever way they can to serve the needs of our less fortunate brothers and sisters in our City of South San Francisco. We have a second collection taken on the fifth Sunday of the month dedicated to this outreach effort.
In the month of October, all members of our community conduct a donation drive of canned food and non-perishable food items to feed the hungry.
In addition to this, our Parish presents a "Giving Tree" after Thanksgiving Holiday to organize a collection of gifts and toys for distribution before the Christmas holidays to children in need.