To ensure those impacted by poverty have the skills and resources to achieve their full potential.
Dignity: We see God’s image in every person, recognizing their inherent value by offering respect and compassion, and giving special care to those who are materially poor, marginalized, and vulnerable.
Inclusion: We promote diversity and embrace the unique attributes, characteristics, abilities, cultures, classes, faiths, orientations, and races that make people who they are, recognizing that we are one human family.
Equity: We believe in eliminating systemic disadvantages so that all people are guaranteed fair treatment and have the opportunity to live in decent, safe, and affordable housing, receive quality education, be employed at a fair wage, have access to health care and healthy food, share in prosperity, and reach their full potential.
Equality: We see those we serve as our equals in every way, seeking to understand the road they have traveled to reach our door, recognizing they know what is best for themselves and their families, and encouraging them to make their own choices.
Collaboration: We believe in the transformative power of building relationships and community, and in actively engaging partners in our work toward the well-being of all.
Service: We humbly recognize service as an opportunity to receive, as much as give.
Excellence: We relentlessly pursue the highest standards in all that we do, embracing innovation and best practices.
Stewardship: We use our resources responsibly and efficiently, and we hold ourselves accountable for the highest levels of integrity, transparency, and measurable results.
St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore emerged during the time of the Civil War. The first parish conference was founded in 1865 at the Basilica of the Assumption in downtown Baltimore, just 32 years after the first St. Vincent de Paul Society conference in Paris, France in 1833.
Guided by the examples of their patron, St. Vincent de Paul, and the founder of the Society, Frederic Ozanam, early members of St. Vincent de Paul sought to live their faith by caring for others and became pioneers in the development of social programs to help the poor. Members attended to the very basic needs of the poor in their area by bringing them food, clothing, and coal to heat their homes.
For most of its history, St. Vincent de Paul consisted of three principal functions: parish conferences, the summer camp, and the collection bureau/thrift store operations. In 1986, St. Vincent de Paul was invited to take over operation of Beans & Bread, a local soup kitchen founded in 1977 by Benet Hanlon. In the decades since, St. Vincent de Paul significantly expanded its community services, adding programs focused on homeless services, employment training, early childhood education, and healthy food access. Its annual operating budget grew from approximately $400,000 in 1988 to over $20 million in 2015.
In 2005, St. Vincent de Paul was awarded the Maryland Nonprofits Seal of Excellence, validating our efforts to meet the highest standards for management, fundraising, and fiscal practices; and we have maintained this accreditation ever since.
St. Vincent de Paul is proud of its long and distinguished history of serving those less fortunate in Baltimore. We embrace our roots – moving from Parish-based work to becoming one of the largest human services nonprofit in Maryland. We look forward to building the foundation for another 150 years of community service.
St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore is a registered 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization. A copy of our current financial statement is available below, or by writing to 2305 N. Charles St, Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21218 or by calling (410) 662-0500. Documents and information submitted under the Maryland Solicitations Act are also available, for the cost of postage and copies, from the Maryland Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis, MD 21401, (410) 974-5534.
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