St. Vincent DePaul Mission

Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S.A.

St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Waterbury, Inc.

Our Mission

The St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Waterbury, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to eliminating the root causes of homelessness in the Greater Waterbury Area. Its mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of the homeless, hungry and mentally ill through professionally supportive relationships with caring adults, in order to assist them in achieving their highest potential of wellness and independence, and move them from poverty to an economically viable standard of living. To this end, the Mission has established a network to address each cause contributing to or allowing a person or family to become homeless. However, this can only be accomplished with the cooperation of other nonprofit organizations, the State of Connecticut, the Church, and the private and corporate sectors of our society.

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St. Vincent DePaul Mission Appeal

Dear Friends

Merry Christmas!

How will you celebrate the holidays this year? Most families and individuals have “traditions” that have become part of their way of celebrating this wonderful season: where and with whom will they celebrate, what they will eat, when and how they will exchange gifts, what familiar rituals they will once again use to mark this season. What are your traditions?

One tradition that has become part of so many of our lives at this time of year is to help those in need. The true meaning of this holy season reminds us of our personal blessings and urges us to reach out to help those less fortunate than we are. In the past you have been so helpful and supportive of the St. Vincent de Paul Mission and have made us part of your holiday tradition. Your generous gifts at this time of year have made a real difference in the lives of the many people we serve.

The current economic climate has been difficult for all of us, but more so for the poor of our area. At our shelter, soup kitchen and food pantry, thrift shop, apartments for the working poor and in our mental health programs we receive more requests for assistance than ever before. Will you help us respond to these requests as one way in which you will celebrate Christmas this year?  You may use the button marked “Donate” on our website for an easy and secure donation.

Know that all of us at St. Vincent de Paul Mission are most grateful for your help. May you and your family experience the true blessing of this holy season and a happy and blessed New Year!

Father Joseph Donnelly

Chair, Board of Directors


Walk in their Footsteps -- Race for Awareness 

October 16, 2016

We extend our sincere thanks of all who participated in our eighth annual signature event, Walk in their footsteps – Race for awareness. This is our version of an “open house,” in which 375 people walked the streets of central Waterbury to see where and how their generous support of the poor actually happens through the work of St. Vincent DePaul Mission. Adding in the 5K runners, volunteer staff, and Mission employees, close to 500 people all helped to make a beautiful October day even more remarkable. Many thanks to all for their enthusiastic support of this event.


svdp witf 2016 Beginning in Library Park, the walkers followed a route to and through the Mission’s Thrift Store, Soup Kitchen, and Emergency Shelter, as many of the region’s poor and homeless do every day of the week. The walkers were led by Edwin Rodriguez, Director of Development and Public Relations for St. Vincent DePaul Mission. The runners ran a 5K route that tracked easterly toward Hamilton Park and back. Race Director Roy Cavanaugh and Mr. Rodriguez awarded trophies and medals in the usual categories. Male overall winner was Mario Longo of Cheshire. Madison Beasley of Naugatuck was the female overall winner. Both winners set a new course record. The 5K Team Challenge went to the runners from Team Swift of Watertown- Oakville shown in the photo receiving their Trophy. From left in the photo, Mr. Rodriguez with runners Andrew Warren, Thomas Masayda, Shazim Shahid, Israel Caro, IV, and Catherine Masayda. Full results are available on the Greystone Racing website.


Many teams from the greater Waterbury area and outlying communities were present. The Top Team Trophy went to the Faith Formation group from St. Maria Goretti Church, Wolcott. The group totaled 102 people! Also present were teams from Naugatuck Valley Community College, St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Oxford, St. Thomas Church, Thomaston, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Naugatuck, St. John of the Cross Church, Middlebury, St. Francis Xavier Church, Waterbury, St. Mary Magdalen Church, Oakville, St. Teresa of Avila Church, Woodbury, Youth Health Service Corps of Waterbury, Pack 230 Cubs of Wolcott, Regency of Prospect, and Waterbury Hospital. We are grateful to all who came to take part in the day..


Many thanks also to Race Director Roy Cavanaugh, the Waterbury Police Dept., the Police Explorers, the Park Dept., the timer team of Greystone Racing, and the crew of volunteers who worked hard to make the day go smoothly and safely.


Finally, we extend our sincere gratitude to our sponsors for their generosity.


Gold Sponsors: St. Anthony Church of Prospect, Thomaston Savings Bank, St. Mary’s Hospital of Waterbury, Waterbury Hospital, Square 9 softworks Inc. of New Haven, and Sullivan Brothers of Wolcott.

Silver Sponsors: Naugatuck Valley Community College, Northeast Orthopaedic & Hand Surgery PC of Waterbury, Bradshaw Chrysler Jeep of Oakville, East Main Pharmacy of Waterbury, Data Core Systems of Simsbury, Naugatuck Valley Radiology of Southbury, Sacred Heart Church of Southbury, Ray’s Remodeling and Construction of Waterbury, D’Amico, Santoro, & Columbia Insurance of Waterbury, and Frankie’s Hot Dogs.

Bronze Sponsors: Chiropractic Kinesiologists, Bethany Mountain Lawn Care, Carmody, Torrance, Sandak & Hennessey LLP, Ion Bank, Oliver’s Market, EZ Way Products LLP, Shaker’s Family Ford Lincoln, William & Patricia Pacelli, and our entertainers New Sound Systems and Remnants.

Vendor: Planet Fitness

Gifts & Food:Quassy Amusement Park, Palace Theater, Big Dipper, Shoprite of Waterbury, Diagnostic Radiology Associates, Mona Lisa Restaurant, Costco, Pavlik Real Estate, Home Depot, Waterbury, Vincenzo’s Pizza, Valvoline Service, Watertown, St. Mary’s Hospital, Crystal Rock, Kelly Shamansky, Jarjura’s, and Dunkin Donuts.


Save the date: October 22, 2017 for Walk in their footsteps – Race for awareness!


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