Our special works in Toronto include:
- Mary’s Home
- Amelie House
- St. Clare’s Residence
- Elisa House
- St. Francis Residence
- Ozanam House
- Marygrove Camp
- Prison Apostolate and Court Services
Saint Vincent de Paul Society History
Toronto website http://www.ssvp.on.ca/
In 1833, Frederic Ozanam, and a group of students from the Sorbonne University were challenged to prove their faith in Christ through action, not just words. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul was formed when they took up this challenge and began to work with the desperately poor in Paris. Developing a simple system, they went in teams to the poor in their homes, in the streets, in the hospitals and the asylums. Adopting as their patron St. Vincent de Paul, a 16th century cleric renowned for his work with the poor, the Society arose from humble beginnings to become an international organization found in 130 countries with one million members.
Helping those in need is important and very worthwhile. The desire to help the poor and others in need is part of what calls and drives the Vincentian (the volunteer, lay member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul). The member also views this service as a way of acting on their faith and responding to God’s call to love God and our neighbour.
Mandate of the Stores Division
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Stores’ Division bears witness to our Christian faith through the solicitude and care of those who lack adequate clothing and furniture. We act as an intermediary between people who wish to donate and those in need.
“Service to the poor is the service of Christ himself.” Therefore the Society aspires to serve and become part of communities that are economically disadvantaged.
The Stores’ Division endeavors to integrate the benevolent assistance provided by Vincentians, local Parishes and community volunteers in meeting the needs of justice and charity in the community.
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul – Retail Store Locations
Etobicoke – 60 Newcastle Street
Store and Warehouse Outlet (Royal York and Evans)
Tuesday to Saturday, 9 – 4
phone: (416) 503-2472