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Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul

St. Louis, MO

Name and location: St. Louis, Missouri

Mission/Charism: An International Society of Apostolic Life

The Daughters of Charity are a community of women who devote our lives to serving the poorest and most abandoned individuals in today’s society. We minister in the everyday worlds of the poor and the marginalized.

We live a life of humility and simplicity dedicated to charity. Christ’s unwavering compassion and selfless generosity energizes our spirit and inspires our work. Strengthened by this deep spirituality, we are a joyful community that lives, prays, and works together.

Today, there are over 17,000 Daughters of Charity living and working in more than 90 countries throughout the world.

Long-term volunteer service program

Name of program: Vincentian Mission Corps

Mission/Core values: The mission of the Vincentian Mission Corps is to provide young adults with an experience of living in community and working with the poor in the spirit of St. Vincent DePaul and St. Louise de Marillac. It is our goal that these young adults, as they respond to the call of the Gospel by working, praying, and living in the Vincentian spirit, will develop a consuming commitment to improving the lives of the poor and marginalized in our society. While working directly with people living in poverty, Vincentian Mission Corps volunteers are called to deepen their faith, grow in charity, work for justice, celebrate life, and develop close bonds. 

Volunteer requirements: Single young men and women, ages 21-30, with a college degree or equivalent. Volunteers must be willing to live in community with other young adults and be committed to serving the poor and marginalized. Written application, references, and interview are required. Applicants who live in or have connections in St. Louis must be willing for make a firm commitment to living in a community setting.

Type of service placements: Education, Mental Health services, HIV/AIDS services, Social Services and Poverty Relief, Homelessness, Social Work, Food Distribution, Tutoring and Literacy, Equal Housing, At-Risk Youth, Social Work, Public Health.

Living and financial arrangements: Volunteers live in an old convent. Each volunteer has a small, simple bedroom with closet & sink, and shared bathroom. Volunteers share a large communal kitchen, dining room, living room, laundry room, and chapel on the building's lower level. 

Room and board, small monthly personal expense reimbursement, transportation to and from the program, medical insurance (if needed), access to AmeriCorps Education Award (if available).

Other program specifics

Program Contact Information:
Kellie Willis, Director