Founded in Montreal in 1848, the Société de Saint-Vincent de Paul was one of the first service organizations established in Quebec and located in neighbourhoods with high levels of poverty.
Thanks to more than 1,500 volunteers working through 100 points of service, Saint-Vincent de Paul provides food banks, referrals and support to those in need. Every year, more than 150,000 people receive practical assistance from the organization, which has locations in Montreal, Laval and the regional county municipality (RCM) of L’Assomption.
Through our Opération Bonne Mine program, we reduce back-to-school costs for families and help make school a positive experience for youth, therefore encouraging them to remain in school. Saint-Vincent de Paul has supported over 100,000 young people since 2002 by providing school supplies, offering scholarships, and funding field trips and art workshops.
We collect donations of furniture, clothing and other household items that we give away or sell at a very low cost in our stores. In addition to giving new life to the donated goods and reducing our environmental impact, the proceeds from the sales are used to fund our programs. Our volunteers, who make up 97% of our human resources, make it possible for us to devote even more resources to those in need. With over 20% of Montrealers living below the poverty line, Saint-Vincent de Paul is as vital as ever.
To find out more about the Société de Saint Vincent de Paul de Montréal, visit their website.