St. Vincent de Paul District Council of Dayton is a 501(c )(3) nonprofit organization, annually serving over 100,000 people in need in the Miami Valley with faith-based assistance, shelter, and hope. The members, staff, and volunteers of the District Council, through its conferences and special works, provide person-to-person emergency assistance and supportive services to Montgomery County people in need.

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Starting Christmas in July

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Written by Jane Flischel, Vincentian

Conference Uniquely Meets Community Needs

As summer arrives, the St Vincent de Paul Conference of St. Mary in Franklin begins to prepare for the annual Christmas Gift Fair for the forty neediest families in our community.  Each of our families receives food baskets and individual gifts totaling between $300 and $500, depending on the size of the family.

Partnerships for Good

Our conference works with our local Knights of Columbus members to host a parish Fish Fry during Lent where each group splits the donations.  Our profits from this event go to buy gifts, or gift cards, for our forty families.  We organize a yearly Giving Tree two weeks before Thanksgiving so parish members can take the tags with suggestions for donations.  Children in these families “shop” for their parents and wrap their gifts with the help of parish members who donate most of the food, our Public School Religion classes who donate personal hygiene products, and our High School Youth Group.   Every year, the Gift Fair becomes a fun parish event!   The next few months leading up to Christmas are a special time for our conference and parish to take care of the St Vincent de Paul clients in the Franklin, Carlisle, and Springboro communities.  This is our special way to share the gifts we believe God has given us.

Get Involved

St Vincent de Paul has 35 conferences throughout the greater Dayton area. These conferences spread the mission of helping those in need through a variety of ways, unique to their neighborhood’s needs. You can get involved and find your conference using your Zip code.

We can make Dayton a better place together!

5 Benefits of Volunteering

We know you would love to make Dayton a better place to live by donating your time and skills with St. Vincent de Paul, but did you know your neighbors in need are not the only ones who benefit from your volunteer work? We’ve listed five ways volunteering with St. Vincent de Paul positively impacts your life in incredible and powerful ways.

5. Volunteering Reduces Risk of Depression and Stress


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There are so many health benefits to volunteering; we couldn’t have room to list them all here! One of the biggest benefits how staying active and helping others can combat depression and stress. The Manager of Volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul agrees, “There is something so personally rewarding about assisting someone to achieve something they could not have done without you.” If your volunteer work aligns with your personal passion and skills, you can feel good about contributing positively to the community. Don’t see an opportunity listed for you at St Vincent de Paul? Email with your contact information and concerns and we will do our best to find a place for you.

4. Volunteering helps your Social Life


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Posted by St. Vincent de Paul – Dayton District Council on Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Being social while volunteering at St Vincent de Paul helps fight depression and stress, but it also provides opportunities for relationships with people in Dayton who have the same interests and concerns as you. Already have a group to volunteer with? You can find volunteer group activities to help the homeless in Montgomery County by emailing

3. Volunteering Builds Job Skills


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Many employers and now looking for qualified candidates that commit to improving their skills though volunteer work in the community. When you volunteer at St Vincent de Paul, you can build your resume, network, and try out different roles that can lead to a satisfying career. Volunteering in our Dayton administrative office or the front desk at the Gateway Shelters could give you the extra edge in an increasingly competitive job market. Find your professional volunteer opportunity by emailing

2. Volunteering is Spiritually Rewarding


Throughout Dayton, St Vincent de Paul has 35 conferences, or chapters, made up of volunteers called Vincentians. These caring individuals provide person-to-person assistance for people in Dayton who need help with utilities, household necessities and a variety of other issues, unique to their situation. Vincentians meet regularly and go on frequent home-visits to connect with clients. St Vincent de Paul’s conference support specialist explains that Vincentians benefit more than socially when they volunteer, “When we serve those in need, we are answering our call as Christians to help ‘the least of these’, and what we get back far outweighs any effort we make. When we serve our brothers and sisters, making even a small difference in their lives, we are given a unique opportunity to truly see Christ in them and be Christ to them.” Get involved and find your conference by Zip code.

1.Volunteering helps your Neighborhood


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Nearly everyone wants to live comfortably and safely in an area they call home. When you volunteer with St Vincent de Paul, you’re contributing to a cause that will help your neighbors’—and your own—quality of life improve. We have a place you for and encourage you to donate your time and resources in making Dayton a better place to live, work, and play.

Joan Westendorf Will Plays Golf with St Vincent de Paul

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Written by Joan Westendorf Will, daughter of St Vincent de Paul supporter Gene Westendorf.

I invite you to enjoy a day of golf with friends of St. Vincent DePaul on Friday, July 24th at Yankee Trace Golf Club in Centerville.  This will be the 19th Annual Gene Westendorf Memorial Golf Tournament.

Helping the Community

Family, friends and St. Vincent DePaul staff started this tournament shortly after my dad, Gene Westendorf, passed away in 1996.  Gene’s philosophy was to look around your neighborhood to see what you can do to help out.  He thought that there was always something that you could do to be of service right in your home town.   So when he retired and realized he had some time to help in the community, he decided to volunteer for St. Vincent’s, as a Vincentian, representing his neighborhood parish of Holy Angels in Dayton.  And just as so many local Vincentians do today, my dad would arrange for help with groceries, utility and medical bills and rent for families who needed assistance to stay in their homes.

Remembering Gene with Golf

Gene was a quiet and unassuming man.  In fact, many of us were not so sure that he would have agreed with naming a golf tournament in his memory.  But, the more we thought about it, we decided he would be on board as long as it would bring people together for an enjoyable day of golf and help the mission of St. Vincent DePaul.   He truly enjoyed the game of golf and the camaraderie that came along with it.  For many years before he died, he would organize family golf outings that would bring both my mom’s and dad’s families together.  It was a nice way to get to know and stay in touch with relatives.  So, 19 years later, we are keeping my dad’s memory alive by supporting his favorite charity and enjoying a friendly game of golf, his favorite pastime.  Friends and family in the Dayton area, as well as some relatives living out of town, come together each year to participate in this golf tournament.

Past Success

We are proud of the money that has been raised for St. Vincent’s over the past eighteen years.  To some people it might not seem like a lot, but this has directly helped some of our homeless and less fortunate friends in Montgomery County through St. Vincent de Paul.

To quote Mother Teresa, “Not all of us can do great things.  But we can do small things with great love.”

You Can Join Our Mission

So join us on Friday, July 24th at Yankee Trace Golf Club and help continue the important mission of St. Vincent DePaul.  Register to play golf in this four man scramble with a shot gun start or become a sponsor online. You can also call 222-7349 ext. 419 for more information.

Help us make a difference in Dayton by supporting this labor of love that is near and dear to our hearts.

5 Things You Didn’t Know about St Vincent de Paul

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You may be familiar with St Vincent de Paul—between the two thrift stores, food pantries, and shelters many people know we’re all about helping Dayton residents in need. But the Dayton District Council of St Vincent de Paul is so huge, we’ve listed a few facts that you may not have known about how we assist the homeless and underprivileged community in the Miami Valley.

5. We have 35 Conferences providing person-to-person assistance.

Our newest conference at Holy Angels Church in Sidney is working hard to meet community’s needs. Find your conference at

Posted by St. Vincent de Paul – Dayton District Council on Thursday, June 18, 2015

St Vincent de Paul believes in providing more than broad, generalized services for individuals and families in Montgomery County. Our volunteer conference members, called Vincentians, meet with people seeking assistance to ensure they receive the respect and support they deserve unique to their situation. Each conference operates unique to their neighborhoods needs and follows the St Vincent de Paul vision of improving the lives of those in need—one person at a time. You can search for your conference using your Zip code.

4. Our Supportive Services for Veteran Families prevents homeless Dayton veterans.

We are thankful for our Veterans and want to see them have the stability they deserve through our Supportive Services for Veteran Families

Posted by St. Vincent de Paul – Dayton District Council on Friday, June 5, 2015

We at St Vincent de Paul are so thankful for the veterans who have served in the armed forces and believe that no service member or military family should be forced to lose their home. St Vincent de Paul’s SSVF program served 198 veteran households in 2014 and provided emergency assistance to 84 veteran families. You can read more about how we assist veterans and the counties we serve.

3. Your donations are first used to meet community needs.

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Posted by St. Vincent de Paul – Dayton District Council on Monday, June 8, 2015

When you make a donation of your used household items, you may think they are simply sold at our Community Thrift Store—especially since we receive them at the south end of the Community Thrift Store at 945 S Edwin C Moses Blvd. While this is true for some of the items, the vast majority goes directly to clients at our Gateway shelters or to the families and individuals transitioning from shelter to permanent housing. Even our conferences help distribute your donations to the community by providing thrift store vouchers to the people they assist one-on-one. When your donated items cannot be used in the community or thrift stores, they are recycled to financially support the programs and services at St Vincent de Paul. You can see what items we most need by checking our current Wish List.

BONUS FACT: St Vincent de Paul can pick up your donations! Fill out this form to schedule your pick up.

2. St Vincent de Paul has many transitional and permanent housing programs.

Volunteers from Carroll High School did a beautiful job working on the garden at Kettering Commons. Did you know St…

Posted by St. Vincent de Paul – Dayton District Council on Sunday, June 14, 2015

Our goal at St Vincent de Paul is to end homeless in Montgomery County and we work with clients staying in our shelter to facilitate the appropriate steps to make that possible. Homefull’s Case Managers and our own Client Advocates meet regularly with homeless individuals to help them take the personalized next steps to make sure our clients stay out of shelter and in their new housing. Sometimes that includes our own housing programs where we continue providing the support they need to succeed.

1. You can make a Difference in Dayton.

Last Friday, GE Aviation- Dayton Women’s Network volunteered at our Gateway Shelter for Women and Families. They…

Posted by St. Vincent de Paul – Dayton District Council on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

There are so many opportunities to get involved with St Vincent de Paul’s life changing work in Dayton. You can attend and sponsor the 5k, Golf Outing, or Mission Gala. You can donate your vehicle and get a great tax deduction. You can give regularly or plan ahead to give from your estate. You can volunteer your time in our programs as a group or as an individual. You can make sure Dayton is a better place to live by committing to St Vincent de Paul’s mission of empowering the people in our community who need our help.

Find your place in Dayton and help today.

What is a Vincentian?

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Written By Sunnie Lain, Vincention Support Services

I’ve heard of St. Vincent dePaul, but what is a Vincentian?

In over 90 countries worldwide, more than 190,000 men and women call themselves “Vincentians.”  These people are members of the Society of St. Vincent dePaul, one of the largest Catholic lay organizations in the world.  Our members believe that being a Vincentian is a vocation—something that we live 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Whether we are teachers, parents, engineers, or accountants,  to have a Vincentian vocation means that we understand that everything that we have—skills, talents, material goods—comes from God, and that we are called as Christians to use those resources to reduce the suffering experienced by our brothers and sisters in our community and around the world.

Vincentians are based in Conferences

Vincentians are based in “Conferences”, which are usually parish-based.  Each Conference serves those in need in the area surrounding it. We believe that “no work of charity is foreign to the Society,” and so each Conference helps people in their service area in different ways—they may provide assistance with utility bills, rental or mortgage assistance, clothing, furniture, or simply prayer and companionship.  The key to the service that Vincentians provide is face-to-face contact with those we serve in Dayton and beyond.  Vincentians seek to always “see Christ in the face of the poor,” and to bring the love of God to those who are in material or spiritual need.

How can I learn more?

In the Dayton area, we have 35 St. Vincent de Paul Conferences:  33 parish-based and two University-based.  In those Conferences, people from all walks of life come together to grow in spirituality and friendship through service to our neighbors. As Vincentians, we live out our Christian calling to seek and find the forgotten, the suffering or the deprived so that we may bring them God’s love. We invite you to learn more about becoming a Vincentian.  Go to the Conferences page to find out more about where our Conferences are, Conference life, and how to connect with the Conference closest to you.

Quotes from the Confederation international of Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Manual and Rule books.

Celebrating Pier Georgio Frassati

Pier Georgio Frassati

Written by Sunnie Lain, Vincention Support Services

As Vincentians, we celebrate those who have gone before us—men and women whose lives serve as a reminder to us of what we are called to do to serve our brothers and sisters in need.  On July 4th, we celebrate the feast day of Pier Georgio Frassati.

He was born in Turin, Italy, in 1901.  Even as a young teen, he was dedicated to works of social action, charity, and community.

He was quoted as saying, “Charity is not enough; we need social reform.”

He joined the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in 1918 and joined in our mission of helping the poor.  Sadly, Pier Gorgio Frassati died in 1925 of polio, when he was just 24 years old.  His father was a prominent politician, so his family expected Turin’s elite to attend his funeral procession. They were surprised, however, to find the streets of the city lined with thousands of mourners, many of whom were the poor he had helped in his work with St. Vincent de Paul.

Read more about our conferences and the volunteers called Vincentians.

Annual Day of Caring

This year the Annual “Day of Caring” Pancake Breakfast will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015 from 9:30 AM until 1 PM in Founders Hall at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 220 West Siebenthaler Ave, Dayton, Ohio, 45405.

All money raised goes to local food pantries and shelters. Last year our pancake breakfast raised over $1000 that was given to the Montgomery County Emergency Housing Coalition and The Foodbank.

Tickets are available after weekend masses in February at Queen of Martyrs, Corpus Christi, and Our Lady of Mercy Churches Tickets will also be available at the event. Ticket prices are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for Seniors over 60 and Children under 12.

Join us for the Spring 5K Walk/Run Kickoff Party

Join us on Thursday January 15, 2015 at Dublin Pub. Bring a friend and enjoy free appetizers and goody bags while receiving 2015 5K information and fundraising materials. The party starts at 5:30. Meet volunteers planning to walk or run on Saturday April 25, 2015 to help eliminate homelessness.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Jennifer Nagel at 937.222.7349 ext 410.

Show Your Spirit and Throw in the Towel

Donate a towel at the University of Dayton Men’s basketball game on December 20, 2014 @ 7:00 pm at the UD Arena. This is one time where Throwing in the Towel is about giving hope, not giving up.

Throw In the Towel

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Wish List

This months most needed items:

Diapers size 4, 5, 6, blankets, bras, women’s underwear,and men’s underwear sizes Medium – XXL.

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