The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) assists families, elderly, homeless, hungry, unemployed, disabled, and veterans. With Orange County being one of the most expensive places to live in the US, it does not take much to experience emergency financial needs and be living in the margins. Unfortunately, we have to turn away most requests for housing assistance due to insufficient donations. We depend on the community's continued generosity with time, treasure and talent.





  • Housing cost is a major concern as it is three times the national average

  • The median sales price of homes is $838,000 (only 1 in 5 can afford to buy)

  • The average house rent is over $3,100 per month

  • The average apartment rent is over $2,000 per month

  • There is nearly 60,000 on the waiting list for affordable housing (6 to 10 years of waiting)

  • The income level that is considered in poverty status is approaching $90,000 of annual income for a family of four (1 in 4 live in poverty)

  • Over 300,000 suffer in hunger (1 in 6 are children)

  • About 4,400 are homeless

    • 26% are families

    • 16% are children

    • 26% are domestic violence victims

    • 10% are veterans

    • 10% have serious mental illness



Pictured: Henry, Connie, Sarah and Dylan Nguyen

Pictured: Henry, Connie, Sarah and Dylan Nguyen

august 2018 to September 2018

Goal: $25,000

Purpose: To allow SVDP to sponsor two to three Orange County families experiencing extraordinary hardship circumstances due to debilitating health issues. this is an extension of the founder's legacy: sponsoring families in need.

Financial Support: Up to twelve months of material assistance. 


Henry and Connie are wonderful parents to Sarah and Dylan. They live in Garden Grove and are active parishioners at St. Columban; Henry is a member of the Knights of Columbus and Connie is involved with the school. Henry is a professional IN COMPUTERS and Connie works part time so she can be very involved in raising their children. In early 2018, Henry (38 years old) was diagnosed with Gliobastoma (GBM), the most aggressive form of brain cancer. At this time, there is no cure. He has undergone brain surgery and various treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, physical therapy and clinical trials that provide hope and quality of life. 

Henry and Connie are grateful for the support, prayers and financial donations, and hope to stay in their rental home located in a safe neighborhood as Henry battles cancer.  

Unfortunately, their financial obligations are overwhelming due to medical bills and less income given Henry's disability status and Connie's inability to work as she is now the primary giver for Henry as well.

The Family Fund serves to help families, like the Nguyens, experiencing extraordinary hardships.  

Please click here to donate:


alternatively, Please have checks made payable to "SVDP OC"

please reference "family fund" and mail

to: St. vincent de paul orange council, 1505 east 17th street, suite #109, santa ana, CA  92705



Every dollar helps.

for example, $100 can...

  • Help a family cover a monthly utility bill

  • Help pay for one night of lodging

  • Help pay for groceries for a week or more

  • Help pay for one month of hygiene products and household goods

  • Help cover two full tanks of gasoline

  • Help afford a monthly bus pass each for an adult and child

  • Help pay for two months of cell phone wireless service/prepaid minutes

Annual Friends of the Poor Walk/Run


Saturday, september 22, 2018

check in: 7am   Starts: 8am

huntington beach - tower 15 - beach blvd/pch

Come and join us as we walk/run (5K) to raise money for those in need! For further information about the event and to register online, please visit 

(Please select Orange County District Council under California, plus indicate intended beneficiary, either for a specific Parish/Conference or Council level). 

Download event Flyer Here

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History and Tradition

Inspired by the social justice spirit of a Catholic 20-year old Frederic Ozanam and his college friends 185 years ago, join the growing members of this global charitable mission to make a difference while our hearts become different.

the mission of st. vincent de paul

A network of friends, inspired by Gospel values, growing in holiness and building a more just world through personal relationships with and service to people in need.




orange county: | (714) 542-0448

The Council of Orange County Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The Council's federal tax id number is 95-3033494.


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