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St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco


One of the Oldest Charities in San Francisco

Since 1860, the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco has served people in our community in need. Today, the Society is a leader in providing shelter and services to those suffering from domestic violence, homelessness, poverty, and addiction in San Francisco. The St. Vincent de Paul Society serves all people regardless of race, nationality or religious faith.




To serve anyone in need through direct person-to-person service and professional social service programs. We address homelessness, substance abuse and domestic violence, helping our clients become self-sufficient, reducing the harm they cause to themselves and others, and consistently treating all of our clients with compassion and respect.


Who We Serve

Helping more than 1,000 people every day. Of every dollar contributed, we spend 87 cents on programs that directly benefit clients.


How We Serve


Riley Center for Battered Women and their Children

The Riley Center is home to nearly half of the domestic violence shelter beds in the city. Services include a Community Office located within the Women’s Building, offering drop-in services, education and follow-up assistance to former clients; a 24-hour crisis hotline; an emergency shelter (Rosalie House); and a transitional housing program (Brennan House).



Multi-Service Center–South - Homeless Shelter (MSC-South)

The largest homeless shelter in Northern California, the MSC-South shelters more than 400 homeless men and women every night, providing two meals a day, drop-in medical care, mental health and substance abuse case management, and support groups for those recovering from trauma. Emergency clothing, shower and laundry facilities, and a library and computer lab help shelter residents take basic steps toward changing their circumstances.


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