One of the longest running charities in South Texas, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international organization of Catholic lay persons drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level who seek in the spirit of justice and charity to help those who are most in need. St. Vincent opened its doors in San Antonio in 1871, and its primary focus is to provide for the basic needs of the community.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul was founded by Fredéric Ozanam, a student in Paris, France in 1833. San Antonio was amongst one of the early foundations in the United States having opened its doors at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in 1871. Today, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of the Archdiocese of San Antonio spans 11 South Texas counties and consists of 10 Districts with 75 Conferences.
Today in San Antonio alone, there are approximately 4,000 homeless individuals and families. Nearly 21% (1 in 5) of San Antonio residents live below poverty level. St. Vincent de Paul is dedicated to helping those in need and their mission is carried out through various programs and projects. In 2011, St. Vincent de Paul of San Antonio helped over 1.9 million impoverished people through Operation Food Pantry. It served an additional 3,260 homeless men and women at St Vinnys Bistro® at Haven for Hope and its children’s programs, Summer Food Service Program and 4 Our Kids, provided for another 3,000 children.
Broadway Bank has been involved with St. Vincent de Paul for many years and has been volunteering at their St. Vinny’s Bistro on Haven for Hope since the campus opened in 2009. Every month a group of Broadway bankers serve a hot meal to the homeless on the Haven for Hope Campus.