Ways We Serve

From the very beginning and throughout the Society’s 175+ years of existence around the world, home visitations have been at the core and heart of the work of Vincentians (lay members of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul). Although Ozanam, our founder, was open to all forms of charities, home visitations continue to be the way that most Vincentians choose to make person-to-person contact with those in need.

Home visitations have the following characteristics:

They are made by a pair of Vincentian volunteers to the home of a person seeking assistance from the Society. Generally, the call for assistance will be directed to the Society’s phone number or to the parish office of the Catholic church in your area. These numbers can be obtained through our Conference List.

People may call the Society for various types of assistance. Some may need a compassionate ear. Some may need assistance in the form of food, clothing, or furniture. Others may need information that will help them access appropriate services. Each conference serves their community to the best of their abilities and resources.

To access more than 3,000 community and social services across the province, we encourage you to use the provincial website www.ns.211.ca or simply call by dialing “2-1-1”. 211 is a service that gives Nova Scotians the ability to connect with a wealth of local community groups, non-profit agencies and government departments. The service is completely confidential and available free across the province – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

211.ca Provincial Resources