At St. Vincent de Paul: We help people in need by assisting with food, housing expenses, clothing, furniture, and other basic human needs through your generous donations of goods, food, volunteer time, and financial support. Together, we prevent homelessness in Southwest Idaho.

St. Vincent de Paul Southwest Idaho serves everyone in need regardless of race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, criminal justice status, disability, marital status, national origin, age, physical handicaps or political opinions. When people need help, we’ll be there. St. Vincent de Paul serves everyone. Period.

St. Vincent de Paul has served the poor internationally for over 180 years as a Catholic organization originating in Paris, organized by Blessed Frederick Ozanam. We're inspired by gospel values but independent from the church. We have had a presence in Southwest Idaho since the 1940s. Our first Boise thrift store opened in 1976.

St. Vincent de Paul offers a variety of services to provide a hand up to our neighbors in need. We target the basic human needs to stay afloat and avoid homelessness. Almost all our services are provided on a person to person basis, customized to fit the unique needs of those we serve.

Help Line and Home Visit Program

We respond to over 7,500 calls to our Help Line every year. When someone calls, a pair of volunteers visit the individual, in their home, and assess needs on a case by case basis. We often help with rent, utilities, furniture, clothes, transportation, and other needs. Click here to learn more.

Thrift Stores

We operate six thrift stores across Southwest Idaho. These locations offer gently used, low-cost items to the community. Additionally, we also distribute over $250,000 worth of furniture, clothes, and household goods to those in need at no cost. Click here to learn more.

Food Pantries

Our five food pantries serve hundreds of families each week with nutritious food to keep families healthy and stretch food budgets. Last year, we distributed $1,750,000 worth of groceries. Click here to learn more.

Community Suppers

The dining hall on Overland Road serves hot and healthy meals to the community three to four nights a week. Additionally, we work together with several other bench area churches to provide dinners in the Overland Food Desert area. Click here to learn more.

Reentry Programs

Thousands of Men and Women are released from jail or prison each year. The reentry process back into society is extremely difficult. St. Vincent de Paul has numerous programs and resources designed to help our returning citizens make a successful reentry. Click here to learn more.

Seasonal Programs

Thanksgiving Food Box Program: Providing a thanksgiving dinner for over 12,000 people annually.
Christmas Toy Store: Christmas gifts for thousands of Kids and Teens in need.
Mountain Home Summer Feeding Program: Free lunch and activities for youth in Mountain Home during Summer.

Prescription Assistance Program

Prescription Medications can be a financial burden for many. Our specialist helps secure these medications for those in need at no cost. No one should have to choose between much needed medication and staying fed or paying rent. Click here to learn more.

St. Vincent de Paul Southwest Idaho helps tens of thousands of unique people each year. Every person we work with has a story. A few have generously shared their stories of success. Click any of the tiles below to watch a video of how St. Vincent de Paul is making a difference in people's lives.

We could not exist without our 1600+ dedicated volunteers that make this organization run. Our team also consists of a select few staff members and store employees. Every person who contributes their time to St. Vincent de Paul is passionate about preventing homelessness in our community.


Jack Dahl

Executive Director

Ralph May

Business Manager

Marie Fitzgerald

Director of Stores

Vicky Rowell

We're pretty excited about our mission, and we hope you are too! Consider helping us, help others. Financial contributions, volunteering, and donating and shopping at the thrift stores are all ways you can make an impact on our community! Thank you!

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out! If you are in need of our services, please call our helpline. For other inquiries, visit one of our thrift stores, or Contact Us.
St. Vincent de Paul Southwest Idaho
St. Vincent de Paul Southwest Idaho
Every week we receive dozens of calls for assistance. Hundreds of volunteers situated across Southwest Idaho go out in pairs to meet with the families and individuals who have called. This is our core work that never stops and is always ready to help our neighbors in need!
St. Vincent de Paul Southwest Idaho
St. Vincent de Paul Southwest Idaho
Last year, St. Vincent de Paul Southwest Idaho made 8,470 Home Visits. One of those was Jennifer. Living on a fixed income, just one financial mistake put her on the brink of homelessness. That's when St. Vincent de Paul stepped in, assisting with her rent that month. Watch her story to see how we work to keep our most vulnerable community members from falling through the cracks. We need your help to provide a safety net for our neighbors in need! Visit our website to donate in the #avenuesforhope campaign! The first $3,000 are matched dollar for dollar by the Home Partnership Foundation Avenues for Hope Idaho Housing and Finance Association
St. Vincent de Paul Southwest Idaho
St. Vincent de Paul Southwest Idaho
We have just published our 2020 Resource Guide! This is an annual publication that we aim to get in the hands of every person exiting incarceration in the area. It has all of the resources for success inside. All of our Immersion Reentry Services are listed as well as many other local agencies and businesses who are working to meet the needs of men and women looking to rebuild their lives after prison. If you are interested in what's in this guide or know someone who could benefit from it. Check out the e-edition at
St. Vincent de Paul Southwest Idaho
St. Vincent de Paul Southwest Idaho
Our Immersion Reentry Services are all about giving men and women who are exiting incarceration a hand up! Watch Kyle's story to hear about how we provided all the resources he needed from day one to get back on his feet and turn his life around!

Learn more at
St. Vincent de Paul Southwest Idaho
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