About St. Vincent de Paul
“I would like to embrace the world in a network of charity.”
Founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam
The vision of St. Vincent de Paul Society in Dayton is to improve the lives of people in need in the Miami Valley.
Our mission is to, with Christian purpose, accompany those in need one person at a time by focusing on shelter, food, and clothing.
Our core values are unconditional service, hospitality, stewardship, and gratitude.
St. Vincent de Paul Society has embraced the Dayton community in a network of charity for over 75 years. Through our Conferences and Special Works, we provide person-to-person emergency assistance and supportive services to those living in Montgomery County and surrounding communities who are on the brink of becoming homeless or who are already homeless. We meet our neighbors with compassion wherever they are on their journeys through our service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Conferences (Neighborhood Ministries)
Our help begins with our Conferences and their volunteer members (Vincentians) offering emergency assistance with utilities, food, clothing, furniture, and many other services to our neighbors in need. Home visits are the trademark of St. Vincent de Paul Conferences. This person-to-person assistance offers hope and friendship while helping individuals stay in their homes.
When a person does become homeless, St. Vincent de Paul is there to offer shelter and hope. Our two shelters provide temporary emergency shelter to an average of over 500 men, women, and children on any given day. We provide daily meals, showers, clothing, personal care items, mail and messaging services, and access to full-time case managers who assist our guests in achieving permanent housing based on their individual needs.
Each year nearly 4,000 people come to us for shelter. While most only stay for a short period of time, we annually help hundreds of individuals transition from the shelter into permanent housing. Our focus is to help our guests address their challenges with compassion through Christian accompaniment.
We are faithfully guided by the oversight of Vincentians and community members who sit on two boards. Each board provides accountability, insight, guidance, decision-making, and prayers for our operations.
Our mission depends on our generous donors, supporters, and over 1,500 volunteers throughout the year. You can join us in our efforts through prayers, volunteering, donating in-kind goods or services, or supporting us financially through a gift today.
Thank you for your support and being part of our story of love for our brothers and sisters!
Community Board Members
As of September 2023
President: Allan S. Crasto, Retired Executive Director, University of Dayton Research Institute
Treasurer: Dennis Wolters, Retired Executive, Day International
Secretary: Robert Forschner, Retired Business Executive
Bob Schwab, Leadership Coach
Mike Fink, Manager Director-Investments
Louis R. Lunne, Retired Investment Advisor
Jeff Mullins, Partner-in-Charge, Taft Stettinius & Hollister
Clare Thielen, Managing Director, Fidelity Investments Dayton
Matt Graybill, DDC President
Executive Director, St. Vincent de Paul Dayton District Council: Michael E. Vanderburgh
Dayton District Council Board
As of October 2023
President: Matt Graybill
Vice President: Bonnie Vitangeli
Treasurer: Dennis Wolters
Secretary: Marsha Hess
Spiritual Advisor: Mark Danis
Larry Simpson, Ascension
Pat Gill, Corpus Christi
William Burkhart, Emmanuel
Joan Andersen, Holy Angels, Dayton
Ken Knapke, Holy Angels, Sidney
Candy Huttinger, Incarnation
Adam Horvath-Smith, Mary Help of Christians
Rose Schultz, Our Lady of Good Hope
Mieke Clark, Our Lady of Mercy
Carol Adamson, Our Lady, Mother of Refugees
Emilee George, Our Lady of the Rosary
Louann Geel, Queen of Martyrs
John Malas, St. Albert the Great
Mary Cox, St. Anthony
Mary Ann Van Atta, St. Augustine, Waynesville
Mary Chitwood, St. Brigid, Xenia
Cheryl Pothast, St. Denis/Holy Family/Immaculate Conception
Keith St. Pierre, St. Francis of Assisi
Fran O’Shaughnessy, St. Helen
Steve Brandell, St. Henry
Brenda Sagasser, St. Luke
Sabrina Furlow, St. Mary’s Food Pantry Conference
Moira Pfeifer, St. Mary of the Assumption, Springboro
Sandy Gehret, St. Michael /Sts. Peter & Paul
John Tishaus, St. Patrick, Troy
Craig Moore, St. Peter
Bonnie Vitangeli, St. Rita/St. Paul/Precious Blood
Tom Doseck, St. Remy Russia
Michaela Dharte, University of Dayton
St. Vincent de Paul Social Services, Inc. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement
St. Vincent de Paul Social Services, Inc. recognizes that people we serve, people who volunteer for us, people we employ, and people who come to us for help are diverse in their race, ethnicity, background, physical or mental disabilities, sexual orientation, and religious beliefs. We work to make sure that everyone is respected and valued as the unique person who they are.
We do not discriminate who we help and accompany in their journey to stable and permanent housing, or who we aid with utility bills, food, or other household and human needs.
While we strive to provide equal services to all, we understand, those services may not provide the equitable distribution or range of processes needed to provide those services for everyone. We commit to constantly evaluate our approach by asking for feedback from our partners and our constituents and will use that input to refine our presentation and delivery of benefits and services so that we most effectively serve each person.
We work to eliminate inequities in our policies, systems, and service delivery models. We examine any assumptions that we may contribute to inequities or otherwise inhibit the fair and effective delivery of services and treatment of to those whom we serve, our volunteers, and our staff.
We commit to accountability and transparency in our actions. We will respond to issues and incidents where we could have done better, and we will constantly seek diversity, inclusion, and equitable service.