Welcome to St. Vincent de Paul Society of Woburn

SVDP has been Busy!

The holiday season was a very busy time for our group. We are so incredibly grateful to all of you who made financial contributions and food pantry donations! Without you it would be impossible for us to help our neighbors in Woburn.

How We Helped Others

During the pandemic we have changed how we operate in order to keep our clients and ourselves safe. We have lengthy conversations with our clients over the phone instead of interacting with them in their homes. Our food pantry operates by appointment only and our SVDP meetings are held on Zoom. In this way we feel blessed that we could provide Thanksgiving meals for 31 families, many of which were home delivered by our volunteers due to quarantines. At Christmas we provided meals for many families. Our food pantry is busy providing food for a large number of families who are struggling with food insufficiency..  more

The food pantry is open to any needy person in Woburn on Tuesdays from 10-12, and can be reached at 781-404-5839, or by email at svdpantry@gmail.com. Please call or email if you would like to receive assistance from the pantry.

Learn about our mission, our background, our services, how to get involved, and how you can help those in need in our community!

The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Woburn strives to help those in need in the community and Parishes of Woburn. It provides those in need with short-term assistance and life-improvement possibilities. For the past 30 years, the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Woburn has assisted the poor, troubled, and less fortunate families and individuals within the city. Originally, the Society helped with residents struggling with rent and utility costs, but with contributions from people like you and our generous sponsors we have been able to add a pantry supplying food to those in need.  St. Vincent de Paul Society of Woburn has volunteers fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, who help the Society when reaching out to non-English speaking residents in need.

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The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Woburn takes a personal approach to our mission to assist those in need and less fortunate. We meet with clients in their homes, discuss their needs and determine how we can stabilize and improve their situation together. We  help more than 1,500 people annually, assistance is more than paying a bill or providing groceries; we help relieve stress by meeting, talking and working towards the goal of economic stability.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul was started in Paris, France in 1833 by a young man by the name of Frédéric Ozanam. He and six peers formed the “Conference of Charity”, which used the men’s own contributions, as well as those of others to give aid to those in need. They then chose St. Vincent de Paul to be their patron saint, as St. Vincent had dedicated his life to helping the poor in the 16th century. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul then moved to the United States, in St. Louis, Missouri, which is still to this day the national headquarters of the Society. At it’s present, St. Vincent de Paul has almost 100,000 volunteers in the United States alone, and helped more than 23 million people in 2015.