The Society of St. Vincent de Paul began in Paris, France, in 1833, when a young law student at the Sorbonne, Frederic Ozanam, was challenged during a debate to demonstrate what he and his fellow Catholic students were personally doing to help the poor in Paris. Ozanam’s reaction was immediate.

Within weeks, Ozanam, at 20 years of age, formed the first “Conference of Charity.” Alongside six of his peers, the conference financed their works of charity, which was contributed from self-sacrificial

methods and friend endowments. They visited the poor in their homes, providing them with needed aid and assistance. At the prompting of Monsieur Emmanuel Daily and Sister Rosalie Rendu, superior of a convent of the Daughters of Charity, Ozanam soon placed the conference under the patronage of St. Vincent de Paul, who had spent his life in the 16th century France serving the poor.

The original group of seven grew to 600, numbering more than 2,000 members in 15 other communities.


The Plymouth Conference has been active in the community since 1961—over 50 years of service! 36 members and more than 100 volunteers work together to make a difference.


St. Vincent de Paul produced  concept art depicting the charity's nearing future. The team has impressive plans to enrich the lives of many through personal teachings and experiences within the departments located in the newly-constructed Community Center and the
VINNIES store.

Picture (Left): The St. Vincent de Paul Educational Program and Resource Lab

Picture (Above): VINNIES—The Tourist Attraction


VINNIES is a tourist attraction. People located throughout the United States visit, complimenting the charity's mission and merchandise selection. Acknowledging
St. Vincent de Paul's  wishes to innovate and further improve, VINNIES hopes to strengthen its appearance by perfecting the store layout, executing proper branding, enhancing technical components, and expanding the public's awareness of St. Vincent de Paul's purpose and current involvement by using visual and verbal communication. St. Vincent de Paul also hopes to improve community events by narrowing the search for fun, healthy activities among local and
neighboring counties.


Picture (Above): The Beacon

Considering the current use of this room, which mostly involves leadership meetings, it is a goal to further imagine how this room can better function as a communication outlet for leaders and employees alike. This communication will improve employee awareness, involvement, and morale, ultimately impacting the success of the
St. Vincent de Paul team and store.

Picture (Above): The E-Commerce and Shipment Preparation Post

Within the E-Commerce and Shipment Preparation Post, it is a responsibility to photograph merchandise, edit photographs, ensure merchandise is safely stowed, catalog merchandise on Ebay, address customer concerns and requests, and to package and ship merchandise when sold. Understanding the functions of the E-Commerce and Shipment Preparation Post, it’s a goal to increase the speed of production, unify photography quality among multiple photographers, and keep merchandise safe.


Like a traditional store, St. Vincent de Paul has a goal to provide merchandise that is unique, personable, and budget friendly. To satisfy this goal, our team reviews each product that's donated, making sure treasure is working, clean and viable.    

The three logos within this section are designed to be stickers, providing confidence to those supporting
St. Vincent de Paul's charity by shopping VINNIES. Treasure inspection is practiced daily.