Our founder is Blessed Frederic Ozanam. In the spring of 1833, Frederic found himself challenged by fellow students to “show us your good works today”. Frederic was deeply troubled by this challenge because he realized that it was true, people always talk about doing good for others but rarely do anything about it. Frederic promptly set out with some friends to change the way things were. They located a simple charity run by Sister Rosalie and began their new mission by taking bread tickets to the poor. A local baker would redeem them for a loaf of bread. Later that same year, they started their own charity, naming it after St. Vincent de Paul.

We are Vincentians. We are your neighbors, your friends, your fellow workers, your priests. We are Christians who love to aid the poor in many different ways. And, yes, we still do things the old-fashioned way, just as Frederic and his friends did it over 180 years ago. We still take food to the poor families in need. We also comfort and care for the poor homeless who gather at our door, serving them a hot meal and giving them clean underwear, coffee, and a shoulder to cry on. Before they eat, we start our day with a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord. If you’d like to help us in some way, come and join in. If you can’t, you can still be a Vincentian at heart just by sending us a check so that we can continue to do our Lord’s work. A few people have even given us their cars. Not one of us receives even a penny.

We only have two food drives a year, one at Easter, and one for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We are the only charity that gives holiday baskets for all three holidays. Any donations you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

Please drop anything off during our working hours:

  • Mondays: Open 9 am - 12 pm. Hot meal at 9 am, lunch bags, haircut. 
  • Wednesday: Open 9 am - 12 pm. Hot meal at 9 am, lunch bags.
  • Thursday: Open 9 am - 12 pm. Hot meal at 9 am, lunch bags.
  • Saturday: Open 9 am - 12 pm. Hot meal at 9 am, lunch bags. 

Main Office: 45058 Trevor Ave. #B, Lancaster, CA. 
Mailing Address: PO BOX 412, Lancaster 93584
Phone: (661) 942-3222

If you would like to volunteer, please come to the above address during working hours and we will happily put you to work. Thank you in advance for your generosity!


December 2016 Newletter