Message from Executive Director, Jeff Conroy:
70 years ago parishioners at St Thomas Catholic Church embarked on a mission to serve the poor and homeless in our area by creating a clothes closet. Their desire was to help others, no matter of religion, race, personal background or gender. St Vincent de Paul North Idaho was born. What all began as a clothes closet at St Thomas Catholic Church has grown to include 3 thrift stores, emergency shelters, transitional housing, affordable housing, a HELP Center and a list of services to become the largest homeless serving agency in the region.
For 70 years St Vincent de Paul North Idaho’s mode of operations has been to focus on collaboration and cooperation with other agencies to provide the best services to end suffering. We believe that by working together we can accomplish so much more. I fully recognize that the work that is being accomplished at the HELP Center couldn’t be done without the partnerships in the community. By working with each other we are truly “helping others, help themselves”.
As Executive Director, I am very proud of the way that St Vincent de Paul North Idaho has used the power of money, donations, ideas and strong partnerships to make a difference for so many. I have witnessed firsthand how investing in our own community has brought life changing results to those who are our co-workers, neighbors and family members. Homelessness does not discriminate based on race, religion, personal background or gender. From preventing homelessness, housing those off the street, helping with paperwork for benefits, or providing food & clothing to those in need, lives are being changed daily.
Although much has been achieved, much still remains to be done. For 65 years St Vincent de Paul North Idaho has been woven into the fabric of our community and will continue its work, continue to meet challenges and be a champion for those in who need help. I want to thank all the partner agencies, our donors, our customers and volunteers that have invested in our growth and kept us strong. On our 65th Anniversary, my wish is for a strong St Vincent de Paul North Idaho to reach more people. To empower others to change their current conditions, to shelter those sleeping in the woods and pray that the world would be a more just and happier place for all.
Mission Statement (SVDPUSA)
Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are in need and suffering.
Members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in a society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing.
Vincentians embrace all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served.
Our Vision (SVDPUSA)
The vision of the Society of St. Vincent DePaul “is to embrace the world in a network of charity”. (SVDPUSA)
Our Core Beliefs (SVDPUSA)
- In the dignity of the human person
- In the identification of Jesus with the poor
- In the preferential option for the poor
- That Jesus is the Evangelizer and Servant of the poor
- That growth in intimacy with Jesus is a lifelong process
- That poverty of spirit is the primary beatitude
- That our primary concern is charity and justice
- That prayer is essential: personal and communal
- In the virtue of humility: personal and corporate
- In the virtue of charity, inside and outside the Society
- In Divine Providence
- In Friendship
- In Community
- In Simplicity