A Vast Support Network Across Northwest Ohio
The Toledo Council Chapter of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is one of hundreds of councils in the U.S. It represents 53 conferences at parishes in 19 counties throughout Northwest Ohio. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Toledo, provides programs and services for children, the homeless and the poor, free of charge regardless of religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, handicap or national origin within Northwest Ohio.
These programs and services include food pantries, rent and mortgage assistance, utility bill payments, transportation, medicine and medical bills.
53 Toledo Conferences
SSVdP Toledo Council supports 53 conferences in NW Ohio. Conferences are parish and/or community based groups of lay volunteers that provide direct services and referrals to the poor and needy individuals and families. By becoming personally involved in helping the poor in their community, Conference members seek to grow and develop in their spiritual lives.
In the parish, Conferences work closely with their pastor and congregation to serve the poor in their local community. Conferences obtain their funding through regular and special collections at the parish, fund raising drives and member donations.
Conferences also have been organized at schools, universities, hospitals, prisons and other places where they can be of service meeting the corporal and spiritual needs of others. Each Conference decides what programs and services they will offer, based on the needs of their local community and neighbors.
Nearly every Catholic parish in northwest Ohio has a St. Vincent de Paul conference that is staffed by dedicated, faith-filled volunteers known as Vincentians. These people, who come from all walks of life, hear the cry of the poor and respond with whatever help is needed. If the assistance exceeds that available at one conference level, other conferences may be asked to help or referrals are given to social service agencies. Find your local parish conference here.