Vincentian Services

At the heart of St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles (SVdPLA) are our member- volunteers. These members are called “Vincentians,” and they are actively helping friends in need in the Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties.

Vincentians assist those in need by*:

  • Providing local food pantries and soup kitchens
  • Visiting retirement and convalescent homes
  • Providing food, clothing, blankets, or toys
  • Delivering food to those unable to leave their homes
  • Driving seniors or other people with medical conditions to grocery stores doctor’s appointments
  • Providing rental/bill-paying assistance
  • Providing furniture and clothing from our thrift stores
  • Helping individuals with social service paperwork, and more

Our Vincentians work in groups called, “Conferences of Charities,” which are based in local Catholic church parishes, although some conferences are based in schools, universities, and community centers.

If you seek assistance, please contact your local Catholic church and ask if they have a St. Vincent de Paul Conference of Charity or another ministry that may provide assistance. If you do not find assistance at your local Catholic church parish, please call our Vincentian Services Department at 1-888-552-7872 or email They can put you in touch with a group in your local community.

Each Conference of Charity provides slightly different services as they adapt to the greatest needs in their local community, but they will assist you as best as they can.

Free Distribution Program

The inventory from SVdPLA Thrift Stores allows us to provide free clothing and furniture to those in need.

To qualify for these services, a request must come from an authorized organization or from an SVdPLA Conference of Charity.

Once you get in touch with one of our members and obtain a voucher, you may come to one of our Thrift Stores with a clothing voucher during our Free Distribution Hours, which are currently Monday through Thursday, 9:30am-12pm, and Friday 2pm-5pm.

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