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St. Vincent de Paul


In support of love and justice, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of San Mateo provides person-to-person services of time, talent and resources to help our neighbors in need. The principal function is providing assistance to the poor in the form of food, vouchers for food or lodging, clothing, household goods, rent assistance and transportation. For more information, contact Len Privitera.

Learn more about our Ministries

Brown Bag Sundays

SVdP BROWN BAG SUNDAY is the First Sunday of every month. Parish volunteers make non-perishable bag lunches for weekend distribution at the"B" Street Center. We meet in the Lower Hall on the First Sunday of each month. Set-up begins at 8:00 am. Please come and help in this very necessary, wonderful, and fun ministry.
Location: Lower Hall

Phone Volunteers

Need Spanish/English speaking volunteers to answer phones in 2-3 hours shifts between 9:30 am and 4:00 pm at their offices, 50 N. B Street, San Mateo. Volunteers do intake of clients’ requests, log the call and enter into Access based computer data system. Contact the San Mateo County Office directly at (650) 255-7832.

Recycling Program

SVP is now recycling small appliances, working or not: stereos, speakers, computers, monitors, printers, TVs, DVDs, VCRs, microwaves, small kitchen appliances, etc. Items can be picked up by calling (650) 871-6844. Items can be brought to any of our stores located in San Mateo, Redwood City, Daly City or SSF. All proceeds from the recycling program benefit the needy in San Mateo County.

Restorative Justice Ministry

Under the guidance of Chaplain Martin Schurr, the Restorative Justice Ministry provides Catholic Services to the incarcerated men, women and children within the San Mateo County justice system.

A commitment of once to twice a month on Sundays from 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm and a background check from your parish and the Sheriff are required.

Monthly meetings are held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Redwood City on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm. (This where you can learn more and get a feel for if the program is right for you.)

“This program is not for everyone, but if you have that gift to give back to the incarcerated, you will find this is one of the most rewarding ministries within Saint Vincent De Paul. The exchange of fulfillment from what you give and what comes back is like nothing else.” - Gene Condon

For any questions you may have about this ministry, please feel free to contact Gene Condon or (650) 255-7832.

San Mateo County

San Mateo County Office
50 South B Street
San Mateo, CA
(650) 373-0620