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St. Vincent de Paul - Rogue Valley District Council
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul was founded in France in 1883 to help the poor and destitute of Paris.
The Rogue Valley District Council was established in 1982 to serve the poor and needy in Jackson County. Our all-volunteer staff serve all who come regardless of race, creed, religion or ethnic origin.
We are committed to ensuring that the poor and needy of Jackson County have a safety net of support and encouragement. No work of charity is foreign to St. Vincent de Paul.
Support for Families and Individuals in Need in 2012
St. Vincent de Paul, 2424 N. Pacific Highway (Hwy 99), Medford, Oregon 97501, 541-772-3828
Leading with Vincentian Spirit
From the writings of St. Vincent de Paul
“The streets will be long and unfriendly. The stairs will be steep, and the poor often ungrateful. You will find that charity is a heavy burden to carry – heavier than the bowl of soup, heavier than the full basket, but you will keep your gentleness and your smile.
It is not enough to give bread and soup. This the rest can do. You are the servant of the poor. You are always smiling. You are always good humored. The poor are your masters. You will find them terribly exacting. So the more unjust and insulting they are, the more unattractive they are, the more dirty they are, the more love you must give them. It is for your love alone that the poor will forgive you the crust of bread you give them.”
The Mission of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.
As a reflection of the whole family of God, members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule.
Organized locally, Vincentians witness God's love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.
Society of St.Vincent de Paul
We are dedicated to turning no individual in need away. In addition, we often receive referrals from other community agencies who are unable to help.
Our facilities consist of four buildings on three acres of land: