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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic lay organization that offers person-to-person services to those in need regardless of religious, ethnic or economic background. Founded in 1857, the Society is the oldest charity in Chicago. As the Society grew, its members established volunteer groups known as Conferences. Today there are 119 Conferences in Cook and Lake counties.

The Society works for systematic change, helping people identify the root causes of their poverty and mentoring them on their self-directed journey out of poverty. Last year, we helped over 848,000 people in Cook and Lake counties with basics such as food, shelter and clothing. Programs include three thrift stores, 44 food pantries, and the Pope Francis Center, which provides intensive case management, computer literacy, resume and job assistance, referrals and more.

In the last year, 2,573 Vincentian members and non-members served 194,229 hours and traveled 232,317 miles to help 848,747 people in Cook and Lake counties.
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