About Us

Inspired by Gospel values, SVDP Rhode Island, 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. SVDP Rhode Island 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. While not a formal arm of the Church, SVDP Rhode Island is faithful to magisterial teaching and in full communion with our bishop, Thomas Tobin.

Our administrative offices are located at 31 Poplar Drive, Cranston, RI, in the former convent at St Mark’s Church. You may reach us at 401-490-0822, or by emailing our executive director, Ms. Renee Brissette, at rbrissette – at – svdpri.org.

Board & Staff


Renee Brissette, Executive Director
Paul Pinnsonault, Bookkeeper
Brittany Palumbo, Office Assistant


Mark Gordon, President
Michael Vieira, Vice-President for Governance
Paul Fisette, Vice-President for Systemic Change
Ray Andolfo, Treasurer
Maria Rose, Secretary
Rita St. Pierre, Past President
Steven Brayer, East Bay District President
Thomas Barber, Northern RI District President
Bruce Olean, Southern RI District President
Dan Sylvester, West Bay District President
James Martufi, Past President/General Appointee

Local Conferences

SVDP Rhode Island comprises a statewide Council, five districts, and 34 parish-based conferences. Use the tabs below to find local services, including conferences, food pantries, meal sites, and holiday aid.  Note: Some conferences of SVDP Rhode Island operate clothing closets. Call ahead to find out if the conference closest to you offers clothing. Choice is often limited at these closets, and proper sizes may not be available. For acute clothing needs, contact our administrative office at 401-490-0822 so we can talk about providing a voucher for the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Plainville, MA.


Conferences of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are composed of Vincentian volunteers who serve those in need in their local communities.  At the heart of what we do is the “home visit,” so don’t be surprised if Vincentians ask to meet in your home (they will always arrive in pairs). Most of our conferences offer the range of basic needs assistance from rent and security deposits to assistance with medical and utility bills. Those marked with  have food pantries. Those marked with ▲ provide holiday assistance. Those marked with  sponsor meal sites.

☆ Holy Ghost 472 Atwells Ave Providence 401-421-3551
St. Anthony 549 Plainfield Street Providence 401-943-2300
St. Bartholomew 297 Laurel Hill Avenue Providence 401-944-4466
▲ Holy Name of Jesus 99 Camp Street Providence 401-277-9053
☆ St. Mary 181 Princess Ave Cranston 401-946-5291
St. Matthew 15 Frances Street Cranston 401-461-7172
St. Paul One St. Paul Place Cranston 401-461-5734
St. Raymond 21240 North Main Street Providence 401-273-2393
St. Pius V 55 Elmhurst Ave. Providence 401-751-4871
St. Mark 9 Garden Court Cranston 401-942-1616
Northern Rhode Island
☆ St. Charles Borromeo 190 North Main Street Woonsocket 401-766-0176
☆St. Eugene 1251 Putnam Pike Chepachet 401-568-2700
Mary Mother of Mankind 25 Fourth Street North Providence 401-231-3542
Our Lady of Good Help 1063 Victory Highway Mapleville 401-762-1834
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs 1409 Park Avenue Woonsocket 401-762-5117
☆St. Philip 622 Putnam Avenue Greenville 401-949-2949
St. Joseph 1303 Mendon Road Cumberland 401-426-9806
☆St. John Paul II 697 Central Avenue Pawtucket 401-475-8838
St. John the Baptist 68 Slater Street Pawtucket (401) 722-9054
East Bay/Aquidneck Island
☆▲St. Barnabas 1697 East Main Road Portsmouth 401-683-1343
☆▲St. Brendan 60 Turner Avenue East Providence 401-301-6307
Jesus Saviour 1 Vernon Avenue Newport 401-847-1267
☆▲ ‡St. Joseph 5 Mann Avenue Newport 401-847-0065
St. Lucy 909 West Main Rd. Middletown 401-847-6143
St. Martha 2595 Pawtucket Avenue East Providence 401-434-4060
West Bay
☆‡ St. Anthony 10 Sunset Avenue West Warwick 401-821-8342
☆‡ SS John and James 20 Washington Street West Warwick 401-821-7661
St. Joseph 854 Providence Street West Warwick 401-821-4072
St. Kevin 333 Sandy Lane Warwick 401-921-0907
St. Vincent de Paul 6 St. Vincent de Paul Street Coventry 401-821-8719
South County
Immaculate Conception 111 High Street Westerly 401-596-2130
▲St. Joseph PO Box 388 Hope Valley 401-539-8311
▲St. Mary / St. James 437 Caroline Back Road Carolina 401-364-9413