St. Vincent de Paul is a lay Catholic organization that focuses on helping the poor and less fortunate. It was founded in Paris, France in 1833. A young law student, Frederic Ozanam, was challenged in a debate to demonstrate what he and his fellow Catholic students were doing to help the poor int he local neighborhoods. He developed a lay ministry that was very effective in helping the poor. By 1845, St. Vincent de Paul Society expanded across the Atlantic. St. Louis, Missouri was selected as the national headquarters for the North American continent.
The Holy Family St. Vincent de Paul Conference is continually challenged to offer spiritual and financial help to those in need in the zip codes surrounding the parish. St. Vincent de Paul offers person-to-person service to families in need in the form of food, utility assistance and vouchers for furniture and clothing. St. Vincent de Paul has local fund and food drives to help support their food pantry. They also participate in national events, such as the annual “Walk for the Poor.” They organize as many fresh fruit and vegetable giveaways as they can. St. Vincent de Paul’s Conference meets on the third (3rd) Thursday of each month. Their pantry is open on each Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.