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Beyond poverty.

Our Mission

To ensure those impacted by poverty have the skills and resources to achieve their full potential.

Our History

Benet Hanlon

Benet Hanlon

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.


The success of our organization is due in large part to our team including our:

Board of Directors

Leadership Staff


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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Click here for our most recent Annual Report

Click here for our most recent Head Start Annual Report (English)

Click here for our most recent Head Start Annual Report  (Spanish)