Providing help to needy families in Santa Clara County

St. Vincent de Paul Santa Clara County


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Neighbors helping neighbors in need through local parish conferences.


In the spirit of love and justice, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Santa Clara County provides person-to-person services of time, talent and resources to help our neighbors in need.

There are families and individuals throughout Santa Clara County who right now are in desperate need of our love and support. Many of them feel no one is listening and that is why the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is here. We listen as well as respond to people in crisis. We offer them hope when they feel all but forgotten by society, and we make certain all who contact us are helped in every way possible.

Together we can make a vast difference for them. Please partner with us to share resources with the men, women, and children in our community.         

Annual Ozanam Training held at the Church of the Resurrection

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Santa Clara County held their annual Ozanam Training of volunteers at the Church of the Resurrection, on Saturday, September 19th.

Ozanam Training, named after its founder, Frederic Ozanam, serves to acquaint new members with the basic rules and regulations of the Society, as well as a review for established members. This year's training was attended by over 100 volunteers.

Harry Tocce, President of St. Martin of Tours SVdP Conference remarked, “Twelve of our volunteers attended the event. Five of those are brand-new volunteers! They received a great introduction to our SVdP mission. Thanks, and congratulations on the terrific training program!”

Speakers from the Western Regional SVdP, included Brian O’Donnell, Vice-President; Catalina Miller; Formation Chair; and Sister Paule Freeburg, Spiritual Leader.


Saint Lucy Conference SVDP partners with Grocery Outlet

For the last two years Chevonne and Darren Johst, owners of the Downtown San Jose Grocery Outlet located at 272 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, have invited the Saint Lucy Conference of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul to partner with them in the Grocery Outlet Independence from Hunger Food Drive during the month of July.

This year our Vincentians including Linda Kelly, Eileen Kilfoil, Eva Alcaraz, Trinity Portrum, Mary McPeek and her children, Gemma Luna, Lawrence Cabral and Carol Jerger spent Monday and Wednesday afternoons at the store.  This year we received about $2,500 in cash donations from the store customers and were given the 279 pre-packed food bags that the store sold to their customers for $5 each.

All funds from this effort will be used to provide food for the people who visit the Saint Lucy Outreach Office.  The organization distributes about 100 food bags per month. Each bag of food has staples and canned goods that will feed a family of four for three or four days.

Vincentian Profile:  Terry Jelley 
Catholic Network to End Human Trafficking

Terry Jelley is a longtime member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Santa Clara County, which means that she is no stranger to helping those in need. So, when an opportunity to work in the Diocese of San Jose on the global problem of human trafficking was presented she believed it was meant to be.

Starting as a flight attendant and then moving into management at American Airlines, Jelley moved to San Jose in 1986 and found her way to Saint Lawrence the Martyr Church, where she played the piano at Mass. Her involvement in her church led to graduating from the Institute of Leadership in Ministry (ILM) and eventually a Masters degree in Spirituality from Santa Clara University. “Living my faith was my purpose in life. I found my faith working in social ministry,” Jelley said.

With her background in the airlines Jelley worked to create awareness about human trafficking among airport workers and airline personnel. Attendees were taught to both recognize instances of human trafficking and how to report suspected instances. This awareness campaign is conducted at both San Francisco and San Jose airports.

The fact that this all fell into place: a parish where she could meet the people that would help her grow in her faith and especially a Bishop that supported the mission to combat human trafficking and was vocal about his support…all leads Terry Jelley to believe that she is where she is meant to be.


St. Vincent de Paul of Santa Clara County can now be found on Facebook! Please click on the image above and like us. Here you will find updates on activities, statistics on the homeless in Santa Clara County, news on upcoming events, and more. Also, plese feel free to share information on our page as well.




Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a way to help a needy family stay together in their home AND make your neighbors happy? Well, SVdP has just the program. You can donate that old auto to SVdP and we will turn it into funds that will help a needy family stay together, in their home. It’s a true win-win-win. You get rid of that old car at no cost to you (and you can write it off on your taxes), we in turn collect the car and use it to raise money to help the needy, and your neighbors are happy because they no longer have to look at it! AND, we’ll take it with or without dents! Just call us at 1-800-322-8284 or click the image above.


Did you know that there is an enthusiastic group of students in Santa Clara County committed to helping those less fortunate? The “Vinnies” of Santa Clara University follow the values and ethos of the St. Vincent de Paul Society to help make a difference in the lives of the needy in Santa Clara County. To learn more about what these energetic students do please visit them on Facebook by clicking the photo above.



The Annual Diocesan Appeal (ADA) held its annual awards luncheon on June 13 at St. Joseph of Cupertino’s Parish Hall. More than 100 parishioners from across the Diocese came together to honor the achievements of those “Called to Do God’s Work, Together in Christ.” During the event the president of SVdP SCC, Helene Stewart, accepted the Bishop's Award on behalf of St. Lucy Parish of Campbell. The Bishop’s Award, which goes to the parish that has the greatest increase in participation from the previous year, and has reached their parish goal by the end of the active phase of the campaign.


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SVdP is a registered 501(c)(3) (EIN: 94-1358301) Tax Exempt Organization.

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