This profile originally appeared in the 2021 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SSVP) has been active in Ottawa since 1864. Its role is to serve and aid persons in need in all possible ways making no distinctions of creed, ethnic or social background, health, gender, or political opinions.
In Ottawa there are 17 geographical points of contact, known as conferences representing 23 Catholic parishes. The Ottawa area conferences assisted 3,288 persons in need during 2020 through home visits. Most of the people assisted are living below the poverty line and struggling with their essential needs. They are the poorest of the poor in Ottawa.
Twinning, the international approach of SSVP, aims to partner and financially support poor conferences in developing countries; Ottawa has been successful in helping SSVP conferences in Haiti and Nicaragua.
At a glance:
Year founded: 1880
Total revenue for last fiscal year: $1,546,454
Top funding sources:
- Donations from parishioners, churches: 80%
- Donations from other church organizations: 10%
- Other donations: 10%
Geographic region of focus: Ottawa
How you can help
Donations are critical for providing help to persons in need. You can make a financial donation by clicking on the following donation portal: https://www.imakeanonlinedonation.org/ssvp-national/
As part of the circular economy with the community, to donate clothes, furniture or household items, visit any of our three thrift stores or drop your donations in one of our many bins https://saintvincentdepaul.ca/our-locations located throughout the city.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the organisation. They help in our drop-in centres, soup kitchen, food banks and thrift stores. They carry out our home visits and provide the support for our special projects, including our housing initiative, North of 60 project, twinning projects, clothing, and food drives. You can volunteer by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events and fundraising
Donate funds at the National website, https://www.imakeanonlinedonation.org/ssvp-national/
Donate clothing / furniture at our stores located at:
- 1273 Wellington St. W
- 1620 Merivale Rd.
- 2950 Bank St. Ottawa
or at the many bin locations throughout the city.
Our Ottawa thrift stores: https://saintvincentdepaul.ca/
Making an online purchase at our Ottawa thrift stores: https: www.stvincentdepaulonline.com/
Our Ottawa and National Conferences https: www.ssvp.ca/location/ottawa-central-council
Board members and executives
Bryan De Pape
Ottawa Central Council
Treasurer, Ottawa Central Council
President, St. Vincent de Paul Stores (Ottawa) Inc.