The St Vincent de Paul Society’s members and volunteers reach out to the most vulnerable in our community through our Conferences, Special Works and, of course, our 24 Vinnies Shops across the Tasmania.
Our members and volunteers assist people in need with a host of programs. We do not discriminate on the basis of cultural, religious, or political beliefs nor gender identity.
As well as our Vinnies Shops, which are often seen as the ‘front door’ to our organisation, the Society is involved in many activities. You might have seen our Vinnies and Loui’s Vans serving hot drinks and nourishing meals to the homeless and those in need. Our Members also visit the lonely and the elderly; while our dedicated Youth and Schools teams look after the younger generations to keep them engaged with their communities and to offer positive reinforcement and encouragement in challenging times. The Society also offers respite to those in need in our facilities, such as Bethlehem House and Marillac House.
From a community perspective, Vinnies raises and distributes thousands of dollars every month so those in need can feed their families, pay utility bills, `buy medications, find suitable accommodation, escape family violence and offer financial counselling in times of economic need. Some of the services we provide to Tasmanians in need are listed below:
Our Vinnies Van and Loui's Van services provide Tasmanians in need with nutritious meals, information and referrals to community services, together with friendly and compassionate conversation.
Dining with Friends welcomes all community members who may be experiencing loneliness, isolation, or those who would just like to share a meal with others.
Our Community Hubs are safe spaces that offer support and advice to Tasmanians in need. Several of our community service programs are also offered through the Hubs.
We offer young people a number of opportunities to connect with the local community, including Kids Days Out, Buddy Camps, and mentoring, and more.
We offer affordable and/or emergency accommodation through our Special Works, Marillac House and Bethlehem House.