Our Mission

Respecting the dignity of each person, St. Vincent de Paul Louisville offers hope and help to families and individuals in crisis, including those who are affected by poverty, homelessness, addiction, and mental illness, so that they may achieve more stable and fulfilling lives.

Our Mission

Respecting the dignity of each person, St. Vincent de Paul Louisville offers hope and help to families and individuals in crisis, including those who are affected by poverty, homelessness, addiction, and mental illness, so that they may achieve more stable and fulfilling lives.

Dear Friends

It is only through God’s grace and your steadfast support that St. Vincent de Paul Louisville is able to comfort and assist people in our community who are facing desperate times. We offer encouragement, hope, and tangible resources, which include food, clothing and shelter, for families and individuals affected by hunger, homelessness, drug addiction, mental illness, and the harsh effects of poverty.

In these pages we offer a snapshot of how we are being good stewards of your generous gifts as we carry out this important work.

You’ll notice a few changes in this year’s annual Stewardship Report. First, it is being presented in a digital format (along with a smaller print version). Secondly, we’ve streamlined the content in hopes that the information presented will be easier to digest.

SVDP is a robust, multifaceted nonprofit organization that provides a broad array of services and programs for individuals and families. All are designed with a simple and common purpose: to help people lead more fulfilling lives.

In 2016 SVDP accomplished that goal, while experiencing growth in several key service areas. To cite just a few significant accomplishments, enrollment in our Family Success Center’s children’s programs grew to 121 students last year, and we increased client capacity at our frequently wait-listed St. Jude Women’s Recovery Center from 30 beds to 50.

In addition, 11 of our clients are now attending college. Participation in weekly Life Skills classes is up dramatically, as is the number of clients who have successfully completed and exited our various programs and can now enter into permanent housing.

As always, our dedicated volunteers help ensure that everyday tasks and special events operate smoothly. More than 2,300 volunteers provided 56,734 service hours of support on the SVDP downtown campus in 2016. Our devoted Vincentians, who are a part of our 47 Catholic parish-based Conferences, have generously supplied food, rent, and other emergency assistance to thousands of people in the Louisville Metropolitan area.

We are proud of the strides St. Vincent de Paul Louisville is making in our 163-year mission of service to the poor and underprivileged. We truly appreciate and value your loyal partnership. On behalf of the men, women and children whose lives have been touched by your kindness and compassion, we thank you.

Carleen C. Herde,
Chair, SVDP Board of Directors

Ed Wnorowski
SVDP Executive Director and CEO 

About Us

Founded as a lay, Catholic organization, St. Vincent de Paul has been providing food, shelter, hope and compassion to those in need throughout Louisville since 1853. From 22 buildings spread out across an entire city block in the Shelby Park neighborhood, today’s SVDP is a broadly supported social services campus that provides quality programs and services addressing poverty and related issues including hunger, homelessness, addiction-recovery, and education for at-risk children.  

About Us

Founded as a lay, Catholic organization, St. Vincent de Paul has been providing food, shelter, hope and compassion to those in need throughout Louisville since 1853. From 22 buildings spread out across an entire city block in the Shelby Park neighborhood, today’s SVDP is a broadly supported social services campus that provides quality programs and services addressing poverty and related issues including hunger, homelessness, addiction-recovery, and education for at-risk children.  

Summary of Services


Meals Served in the Open Hand Kitchen


Households Helped Through the Food Pantry


Men Helped (+300 during White Flag) at Ozanam Inn Men’s Shelter


Volunteers Provided 56,734 Hours of Service

Supportive Housing Clients Snapshot

About 300 people live in apartments on the SVDP campus. These families and individuals receive personal case management from SVDP’s staff of professional social workers. An additional 300 clients live in off-campus (scattered-site) apartments.

In 2016 SVDP Clients:

Young Volunteers Share Their Passion for Helping Others

Sibling volunteers Gabe and Olivia Feinn have been working with the children at St. Vincent de Paul’s Family Success Center for more than a year. In addition to assisting teachers with after-school tutoring, they have shared their talent for cake decorating with our young students, and they sponsored and ran a successful Vacation Bible School option at last year’s Summer Program. “Anyone, no matter how young or old, can use their ordinary talents to serve God and others,” said Olivia ‘Livvy,’ age 12. “By serving at St. Vincent de Paul I get to model that as well as make some children happy.”

Perhaps the most ambitious project the duo has pulled off, with help from their parents and more than 100 teen volunteers (mostly from Southeast Christian Church), was a Christmas Party they hosted at the FSC last December. More than 125 children enjoyed a party with treats and simple gifts.

More importantly, our children experienced the joy of giving by packing shoeboxes with necessities and toys to be sent to children in impoverished countries around the world. Operation Christmas Ripples was an outgrowth of the Feinns’ ongoing Christian outreach in Africa, where they’ve helped renovate a maternity hospital in the Congo and provided funds for a new well to provide clean drinking water to a village in Nigeria.

“Volunteering is not about what I can get out of it,” Gabe says. “It’s about using whatever resources God has given me to bless whoever is in need. I love to find opportunities to help others, especially children.”

Our Family Success Center students have been enthralled to learn about Gabe and Livvy’s efforts, and they feel empowered that they’re now also helping make the world a better place by sending shoeboxes and good wishes to children in need.

Programs and Services


Free, hot meals are served daily in St. Vincent de Paul’s Open Hand Kitchen (about 15,000 meals monthly) with food supplied by partner Dare to Care Food Bank and donations from the Community. Our volunteer-operated, client-choice Food Pantry provides fresh produce, frozen meats, and canned goods to about 385 households each month.


Our men’s shelter has 58 beds for overnighters, 12 beds for men who are working with SVDP case managers, and 20 private beds for homeless U.S. military veterans, through a partnership with the Veterans Administration.

In addition, SVDP provides housing and professional case management to about 300 formerly homeless clients on its downtown campus and an additional 300 clients (also formerly homeless) at scattered sites throughout the city.

Addiction Recovery

Louisville’s only state-licensed facility that allows patients with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse disorder, St. Jude Women’s Recovery Center is a 50-bed residential treatment program for women working to overcome addiction to drugs or alcohol. It is operated through a partnership with Centerstone (formerly known as Jefferson Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center).

At-risk Children

Our state-of-the-art Family Success Center provides quality, year-round programming for at-risk children. Activities include tutoring, recreation, arts and culinary classes, competitive sports teams, field trips and other enrichment opportunities. Free, hot meals in an after-school setting are served in the Center’s Dare to Care Kids Café. In addition, summer camps include a College and Career Readiness track for teens, and a multifaceted program for students in K-8.

Thrift Stores

Providing an excellent selection of merchandise at affordable prices, St. Vincent de Paul’s four Thrift Stores also supply a revenue stream to support our programs and services for people in need here in Louisville and Southern Indiana. We also accept donated vehicles.

St. Vincent de Paul Programs and Addresses

Administration Building
1015-C S. Preston St.
Louisville, KY 40203

Clothes Closet
Alley behind Admin Bldg

Family Apartments East
436 E. Kentucky St.

Family Apartments West
416 E. Kentucky St.

Family Success Center
1029 S. Preston St.

Food Pantry
415 E. St. Catherine St.

Open Hand Kitchen
1026 S. Jackson St.

Ozanam Inn Men’s Shelter
1034 S. Jackson St.

Roberts Hall for Women
1032 E. Burnett Ave.

Simon Hall
1022 S. Jackson St.

Single Bedroom Apartments
421 E. St. Catherine St

SRO (Single Residency)
1041 S. Preston St.

St. Jude Women’s Recovery Center
431 E. St. Catherine St.

Tranquil House Apartment
1035 S. Preston St.

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores

Downtown Louisville
248 E. Market St.
Louisville, KY 40202

Hikes Lane
2217 Hikes Lane
Louisville, KY 40218

Dorsey Plaza
10280 Shelbyville Road
Louisville, KY 40223

Southern Indiana
706 Lewis & Clark Blvd.
Clarksville, IN 47129

The O’Hara’s Legacy Lives On

Frank and Norma Jean O’Hara had a deep love for helping the less fortunate and were loyal and generous donors during their lives to many causes, chief among them, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Louisville. Members of Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, Frank was a research chemist and a World War II Navy veteran, and Norma worked in the insurance business. As children of the Great Depression, they lived modest lives and gave what they could to causes they cared about.

Their nephew, Ron Schweitzer remembers that his uncle Gene O’Hara would often observe that he always had the same pair of shoes on. Frank’s response was always the same, “You can only wear one pair of shoes at a time.”

Because of their years of planning and desire to make a lasting impact in the lives of others, St. Vincent de Paul Louisville received its largest one-time estate gift in 2016.  Forever humbled and grateful are we to the O’Haras for this lasting gift to the mission to help people in need so that they may lead more stable and fulfilling lives! We only wish we could have thanked them during their lifetimes.

When you remember St. Vincent de Paul Louisville in a planned gift, you help to ensure that the mission endures for years to come. There is no greater gift of the heart than planned giving for the future of our community. It’s our way of helping you live forever.


St. Vincent de Paul Louisville provides person-to-person assistance to people in need throughout the Louisville area and Southern Indiana. Catholic parish-based volunteers, known as Vincentians, serve the poor and those in need with kindness and without judgment, most often providing emergency financial assistance for rent and utility bills, groceries, and other necessities.

In 2016 SVDP Council of Louisville had 47 Conferences with 1,836 members, or Vincentians. Our members believe that being a Vincentian is a vocation, says Donna Young, SVDP Louisville’s director of conferences and volunteers. “Whether we are teachers or engineers or accountants, to have a Vincentian vocation means that we understand that everything we have—skills, talents, and material goods—comes from God, and that we are called by Christ to use those resources to reduce the suffering experienced by our brothers and sisters in our communities and around the world.”

SVDP Conferences in the Council of Louisville

Blessed Theresa of Calcutta
Cathedral of the Assumption
Christ the King
Good Shepherd
Holy Family-Louisville
Holy Family-New Albany, IN
Holy Spirit
Holy Trinity
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Mary Queen of Peace
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Our Lady Perpetual Help-Campbellsville
Our Lady Perpetual Help-New Albany, IN
St. Agnes
St. Albert the Great
St. Aloysius
St. Anthony of Padua
St. Athanasius
St. Bernadette
St. Brigid/St. Christopher
St. Brigid/St. James
St. Edward

St. Elizabeth/St. Therese/Our Mother of Sorrows
St. Francis Xavier
St. Gabriel the Archangel
St. Ignatius
St. James-Elizabethtown
St. James-Elizabethtown #2
St. John Paul
St. Joseph-Corydon, IN
The Knobs Conference, IN
St. Lawrence
St. Leonard
St. Martha
St. Mary's
St. Michael's
St. Patrick
St. Paul
St. Peter the Apostle
St. Raphael
St. Rita/St. Luke
St. Stephen Martyr
St. William
Washington County/St. Dominic

Grateful Veteran Gets Fresh Start

Thurman is a proud American Navy veteran who didn’t want any handouts, but when his health took a turn for the worse after a heart attack, the hard-working former aviation machinist ended up losing his job and his home. Despite battling crippling anxiety and depression, he tried to remain tough. “I’ve always been a fighter, so I just put on a false front and pretended everything was OK,” he says. Eventually, he was referred by medical professionals to St. Vincent de Paul’s Ozanam Inn Men’s Shelter, which operates a program for homeless veterans in partnership with the Veterans Administration. “This place has been great,” Thurman says. “When I first came here, it was like a ray of hope.”

At the shelter, where he was assigned one of the 20, small private rooms reserved for veterans, he could receive the basics of daily living, from free daily meals in the adjoining Open Hand Kitchen, to hot showers and laundry privileges. One-on-one case management made all the difference. A staff case manager worked with Thurman to help get his life back on track—to attend to his medical needs, find a new job, and to save money. Within a few months, Thurman had met every challenge. Late last year the grateful 60-year-old moved out of the shelter and into his own apartment.

2016 Board of Directors

Carleen C. Herde, Chair (Oct. 1, 2016- )

Jim Carrico, Chair
(Through Oct. 1, 2016)
Wells Fargo Insurance Services (Retired)

Bob Hagan (President)
Ford Motor Company (Retired)

John Hanks (Treasurer)
Stock Yards Bank & Trust

Dick Scherrer (Secretary)
Parnell Sausage (Retired)

Larry Blandford
Precision for Value

G. Campbell Barnum
DDW, The Colour House

Tim Condon

J. Gregory Cornett
LG&E & KU Energy, LLC

The Rev. Bernard Crayton
Little Flock Baptist Church

David Dutschke
Catholic Charities

Bruce Ferguson
Underwriters Group, Inc.

Sarah Friedman
Brown-Forman Corp.

Scott Haner
Yum! Brands, Inc. (Retired)

John Hays
Abel Construction

Tonda Helton, DDS
Park DuValle Community Health Center

Pat Higgins
Fastline Publications

John Poole
Todd Asset Management, LLC

Carl Ratterman
Ratterman Family Funeral Homes

Bill Rothwell
University of Louisville (Retired)

David Schuler
Schuler Attorneys

Jim Smith
Smith & Smith Attorneys

Jim Williams
Social Services

SVDP Leadership Team

Executive Director and CEO
Ed Wnorowski


Shane Saltsman

Angela Champion Sprowl

Jim Young

Danny Flanigan

Linda Romine

Beth White

Randy Nord

Donna Young

Audited Financials

Council Activity

Support & Revenues 
Total Support & Revenues6,594,290
Contributions from Individuals, Businesses, Foundations & Organizations2,577,339
Grants (Government)2,058,534
Program Fees400,893
Investment Income, Gains & Losses(66,513)
Thrift Store Sales1,719,257
Donated Vehicle Sales (Net)56,539
Change in beneficial interest in 3rd-party trusts(400,577)
Gain/(Loss) on disposal of Assets
Program Services6,219,373
Management & General725,806
Total Expenses7,352,417
Increase in Net Assets(758,127)
Net Assets Beginning of Year8,691,110
Net Assets End of Year8,090,298

Church Conference Activity

Support & Revenues 
Total Support & Revenue1,016,403
Donations from Members134,778
Support from Church Communities748,312
Increase in Net Assets181,312
Program Services787,177
Total Expenses835,091

Join Us


We welcome volunteers to help out with our after-school program, Monday through Thursday, tutoring children and serving prepared meals in our Dare to Care Kids Cafe. Plus, servers age 16 and up are needed to serve meals in our Open Hand Kitchen at noon and 5pm daily. Food Pantry volunteers are needed on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Seasonal events and special projects also provide wonderful opportunities for volunteer engagement.  svdplou.org/get-involved


We are grateful for gifts large and small, which enable us to put our mission into action for families and individuals facing desperate need. Financial or in-kind gifts to St. Vincent de Paul support our programs and services for the poor in our community. Svdplou.org/donate-now

Likewise, donations of used vehicles or gently used merchandise such as furniture, household goods, and clothing bolster our four local SVDP Thrift Stores, where 100% of the profits go back into services helping people in our community. To donate vehicles or schedule furniture pick-up, call 502-589-7837.

Thank You to Our Donors

St. Vincent de Paul Society ($10,000 and above)

Gheens Foundation, Inc.
Yum! Brands Foundation, Inc.
Kosair Charities, Inc.
The Humana Foundation, Inc.
GE Foundation (matching gifts)
St. Albert the Great Parish
Community Foundation of Louisville

The Champ Foundation LLC
Ms. Jean Frazier
Dr. and Mrs. Randall A. Graehler
Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels
Lift a Life Foundation
Mr. Carl B. Ratterman Jr.
The Porcini/Farmer Children's Foundation, Inc.

Frederic Ozanam Society ($5,000 to $9,999)

Deacon and Mrs. Scott Haner
Mr. John Hays
Archdiocese of Louisville
Abel Construction Company, Inc.
Catholic Charities of Louisville
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Romero
Combined Federal Campaign
Mr. and Mrs. James E. Carrico
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Bizzell

Mr. and Mrs. Seth Baliban
Fastline Publications
Fifth Third Bank of Kentucky, Inc.
Ms. Pamela B. Just
Mrs. Donna G. Koenig
St. Louis Bertrand Church
Sternberg Automotive Sales & Service
Target District Office

New Beginnings Society ($2,500 to $4,999)

Mr. and Mrs. Carl G. Herde
St. Williams Church
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hagan
Ms. Peggy Gribbin
John and Carolyn McBride Fund
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Nash
Rev. Gerald L. Timmel
Mr. Edward Millay
Mr. and Mrs. Louis B. Ford
Zoeller Company
Altar'D State
Mr. and Ms. Steven J. Woeste
Brown-Forman Corporation
Henderson Services, LLC

Dr. John A. Nicholson DMD
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Barker
Bramco, LLC
Delta Dental of Kentucky
Hussung Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. John Taylor
Todd Asset Management LLC
William E. Barth Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Blandford
Mr. and Mrs. John J. White
All Saints Catholic Church
The Underwriters Group
Warrior Empowerment Foundation

Hope Society ($1,000 to $2,499)

St. Jude Society ($500 to $999)


Florence K. Bauer Estate
Joseph Ruf Crut Estate
Opal I Emington Estate
Katherine Graves Estate
James L. Ice Estate
George H. Kleyer Estate
Paul Kokalis Estate
Father Herb Lattis Estate

Dan Lehan Estate
Joseph L. Lenihan Memorial Fund
Mary Agnes Lenihan Memorial Fund
Philip H. Luette, Jr. Estate
Martha Ann Maloney Estate
Allen S. Mattingly Trust B
Norma Jean O'Hara Estate
Jane M. Wagner

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