services we provide

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Our mission



​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.

If you, or someone you know, is hungry or having trouble making ends meet in the Cedar Rapids metro area, email with your address and contact information and someone from our Council  will be in touch. ​

Feel good about shopping at St Vinnie's!  Your purchases provide direct financial assistance to the poor.  Feel good about donating your unused goods! Your donation will either be donated directly to a family in need or sold to provide rent/utility assistance. 

thrift store

Our temporary limited hours are 

Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays, 9 am to 2 pm.

9 am to 12 noon - For FOOD BOXES, call us.

9 am to 2 pm - For ASSISTANCE with utilities, rent or furniture, sign up on the signup sheet on bulletin board by front door. We'll call you as soon as it's your turn. Bring your photo ID plus current utility bill or signed lease. We are only able to assist those living

in the Cedar Rapids metro area.



The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. An essential precept of the Society's work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served. The Society recognizes that it must assume, also, a role of advocacy for those who are defenseless or voiceless. Some 12 million persons are helped annually by Vincentians in the United States.

No matter your skills or availability, St. Vinnie's needs your help! From clerical assistance to directly serving the poor, we have a need that is waiting for your generous donation of time.

who are vincentians?

St Vincent de Paul - CR

Work with others in our community and make a difference in the lives of the poor

  • Food programs
  • Utility Assistance 
  • Rent/Lot Assistance 
  • Thrift Store (not at this time)
  • Furniture/Clothing Assistance 



Join Us

  • Counseling/Information
  • Referral Service
  • Advocacy
  • Embracing the lonely, forgotten and alienated

Cedar Rapids Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (or "Vincentians" ) are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need. We are young and old. Our members come in every shade of skin color. Some of us are wealthy, some are financially poor, but all of us are blessed with an awareness that our blessings (time, talent or treasure) are to be shared with our brothers and sisters in need.

Our efforts are funded 100% by generous donations from community members and parishes and the proceeds from the Thrift Store.  Here are some events that help us help others.

St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660)

A man of deep faith, keen intellect, and enormous creativity, he has become known as the "The Apostle of Charity" and "Father of the Poor." 


those in need