The mission of the Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Holy Trinity is to join together to grow spiritually, by offering person to person service to those who are needy and suffering, in whom we see the face of Jesus.
The vision of the Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Holy Trinity is to embrace our section of the world in a network of charity.
What we do
Food pantry – open Mondays 9:00am-noon & 1:00pm-4:00pm – south end of parish center
Clothing pantry – open Mondays 9:00am-noon – Holy Trinity church basement
Garden – northwest corner of Chestnut and Center streets
...with the addition of a listening ear and a smile
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international lay Catholic charitable organization present in 144 countries of the world. It is composed of ordinary men and women, 700,000 strong, who do incredible things--for others.
Frederic Ozanam and six friends from the University of Paris founded the Society on April 23, 1833. Under his vision, the society provides person-to-person service to those who are in need. The Society serves all persons regardless of race, creed, color or status.
Members call themselves “Vincentians,” after the recognized patron of charity, St. Vincent de Paul, and membership is open to all Christians wishing to serve the suffering and needy.
The basic unit of the Society is the “conference.” The St. Vincent de Paul Society at Holy Trinity is such a conference. We are united in service to provide assistance to those in need through our programs and services. We are men and women who strive to grow spiritually while assisting those in need. Our spirit is nourished by prayer, refection and mutually supportive gatherings. We donate our time and resources to people who are suffering and have a need to feel they are not forgotten in our locale. We offer friendship and care.
More about St Vincent de Paul Society:
The St. Vincent de Paul Conference, located at Holy Trinity Parish Center, has been helping the needy of Bloomington/Normal and McLean County for over 50 years. With the generous support of individual donors and local parishioners from Holy Trinity, historic St. Patrick’s, and Epiphany parishes, the Conference focuses on the needs of families by providing food, clothing, and emergency financial assistance.
Currently there are over 90 lay members/volunteers, from all walks of life, dedicated to this work. We are called and take seriously the social teachings of the Church to help the poor. We are united in service to provide assistance to those in need through our programs and services.
Three main services
The local Conference of St. Vincent de Paul provides four main services of which clients can make use. Each year, over 8,000 families with over 25,000 members are assisted by the Conference’s services. Locations and times are provided below.
Food items are distributed every Monday from 9 am-Noon, and 1pm-4 pm. The food pantry is located at the SOUTH side of the Holy Trinity Parish Center. We recommend clients visit the food pantry once per month.
Distribution of donated clothing is every Monday morning* from 9 am – Noon in the Holy Trinity Church
basement. Clients may enter on the WEST side of the church. Monday morning is also the best time to donate clothing.
*The Clothing Closet is closed in the event of a funeral in the church.
The garden, through the dedication of many volunteers, provides fresh vegetables to those in need all summer long.
are held the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm in the Holy Trinity Parish Center (south end). November and December Board meetings are on the 3rd Wednesday at 7:00pm. All are welcome to attend.
the financial support of generous people enable us to help many people in critical situations. Tax deductible donations may be mailed to:
St. Vincent de Paul Society
711 N. Main Street
Bloomington, IL 61701
In addition, The St Vincent DePaul Society has a very convenient and easy to use “donate your vehicle” process. Information about this can be found by going to: http://www.svdpusacars.com/
If you are interested in learning more about participating in St. Vincent de Paul’s work:
- write to the above address
- or call: 309-829-9611
- or email: email@example.com
“Charity must never look to the past, but always to the future, because the number of its past works is still very small and the present and future ministries that it must alleviate are infinite.”