Frédéric Ozanam famously declared that “no act of charity is foreign to the Society.” Still, individual conferences and councils have to choose what their areas of special focus will be. These priorities are driven by the needs of the community and by the unique talents and interests of Vincentians. SVDP Rhode Island has chosen the following as our areas of special focus.

Basic Needs

Basic needs include food, clothing, medicine, shelter, heat, electricity, and other essentials. 

Disaster Recovery

We respond to natural disasters here in Rhode Island and around the country.

Poverty Education

Our goal is to end poverty through systemic change and the key to systemic change is education 

Youth Leadership

Our NextGen Youth Conference is building future leaders for the Society and our community