About Us

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SSVP) is an international charitable organization, almost 200 years old, with a wide-ranging mission of service to the poor. In Canada there are over 14,700 members. The Merciful Redeemer Conference has been active since 1998 helping those living in the L5M postal area code. We are proud that only two percent of our funds are used for administrative purposes, the rest goes directly to those we serve in the community. We are a hundred-percent volunteer based organization. We volunteer our time, energy, skills and transportation costs to help those in need.

Summary of 2020

Although we followed pandemic restrictions in 2020, our volunteers still spent 1,284 hours turning your concern into action for our 247 Neighbors-in-Need through:

  • • 480 home visits

  • • Food vouchers and Christmas turkey dinners: $22,285.00

  • • Clothing vouchers: $234

  • • Provided 3 families with furniture (beds/tables/chairs): $1415

  • • Collaborated with the Knights of Columbus to collect and distribute non-perishable food items:

  • Souper Bowl Weekend: Collected food donated to St. Francis Table for the homeless in Toronto

  • Thanksgiving: 3050 lbs. to 34 families

  • Christmas: 2175 lbs. to 55 families

  • • Collaborated with other charities and organizations to deliver free meals to our Neighbors-in-Need

  • Basket Brigade Canada – for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas

  • Mississauga Convention Centre – 71 free meals in June

  • Feed Mississauga – 43 meals in July

  • The Centre for Education and Training – 87 free meals in the summer

  • • 158 hand-made masks delivered to 122 school-aged children Grades K-G12

  • • Bundle-Up Weekend in September - Collected 1 truckload of used clothing and other household items

  • • Christmas Turkey dinners generously donated via SSVP delivered to 55 families

  • • Donated toiletries, hats, mittens, gloves and scarves delivered to families-in-need

  • • Annual Christmas Gift Card Drive: all the 77 families-in-need (90 adults, 120 children) who had registered for Christmas help received gift card packages. Our drive was also supported by:

  • Our schools – Divine Mercy, Our Lady of Mercy, St. Rose of Lima, St. Aloysius Gonzaga, St. Faustina Elementary School, St. Edith Stein Elementary School, St. Bernard Clairvaux, Dolphin Senior Public School, St. Simon Stock Elementary School

  • St. Josephine Bakhita Parish

  • Other charities: One with God, Sword of the Spirit

  • Corporate sponsors: Tree of Life, The Central Group

  • Individual sponsors

Summary of 2019

  • - Conducted 320 in-home visits to provide families with food/clothing vouchers totaling $26,339.00

  • - Provided 9 families with furniture (beds/tables/chairs)

  • - Collected 825 lbs. of food for the local Food Bank and $2,263 on Souper Bowl Weekend in February

  • - Held a Meet-and-Greet social with our Neighbors-in-Need with the donations from Starsky Fine Foods, Polcan Meat & Deli, Panera Bread, and M&M Food Market.

  • - Collected 2 truckloads of used clothing and other household items for the SSVP Warehouse through our Bundle-Up Weekends in May and September. We thank the Youth Ministry for their assistance.

  • - Raised $944.50 at our Annual Yard Sale in June

  • - Provided 82 kids from JK-Grade 12 with lunch bag kits filled with school supplies in June through the Hungry Minds school campaign. Kits also included books donated by First Book Canada and additional supplies from Tree of Life

  • - Sent 11 girls and 7 boys to Marygrove Summer Camp on Georgian Bay and Camp Ozanam in Stouffville, respectively

  • - Directly distributed ~ 1,600 lbs. of non-perishable food plus $432.00 worth of fruit and vegetables to 52 families-in-need within our Parish in collaboration with the Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving Food drive

  • - Raised awareness of the World Day of the Poor in November

  • - Raised $110.00 at the Advent Concert by the Canadian Goan Christian Group

  • - Provided Christmas gift packages to the 87 families-in-need who had asked for help for Christmas. Our drive was also supported by our schools: Divine Mercy, Our Lady of Mercy, St. Sebastian, St. Rose of Lima, St. Aloysius Gonzaga, St. Faustina Elementary School and Credit Valley Public School; our neighboring Parish - St. Josephine Bakhita Parish; individual sponsors, Just Socks Charity, Basket Brigade Canada; and the staff of World Vision, Tree of Life, and TD Bank - Etobicoke branch.


One of our core values is to have a personal contact with the people in need. People may call the Society for various types of assistance. Some may need a compassionate ear. Some may need emergency assistance in the form of food vouchers or clothing. Others may need an information that will help them access appropriate services. We strive to treat each person with a sense of respect and dignity. We do so in confidence and with respect for anonymity.


We provide food vouchers based on the number of adults and children in the household. We can occasionally provide vouchers for clothing and household items. In addition, we can offer public transit tickets for those who are in need of local transportation assistance to get to their medical appointments.


The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, Toronto, helps over 1600 children each summer attend overnight camps, registering eligible campers through home visits. Each camper's holiday is fully subsidized through the generous support of parishioners and in the case of Camp Ozanam, through the Archdiocesan ShareLife Campaign in partnership with Catholic Charities. In 2018 our Conference registered for summer camp 10 girls and 7 boys living in our neighbourhood. The children would otherwise have been unable to go.


Every year many students go back to school without the necessary school supplies with which to be successful. For low income families or those struggling with medical expenses, the financial burden of going back to school can be overwhelming. This year we've raised $4,172 and provided 83 neighbourhood children with backpack bundles containing school supplies such as scientific calculators, geometry sets, pencils, sharpeners, crayons, scissors, highlighters and glue sticks.


Twice a year we ask our parishioners to donate their gently used clothing, shoes, draperies or small household items. At the end of the weekend the truck is full, and it is often difficult to close the doors. The funds raised through this activity are used to help those in need.


Before Thanksgiving we organized a food drive in cooperation with the Knights of Columbus. A portion (around 650lb) of the donated items by our parishioners was distributed directly to the families we serve. In addition to the typical perishable food stuffs we distributed fresh items such as apples, bananas, sweet peppers and cheese snacks.


In the late October we've helped the students of St. Aloysius Gonzaga SHS collect the funds and items needed by the Vita Centre, Mississauga to support pregnant and parenting young mothers. We've raised almost $2,600 and collected many boxes of diapers, wipes, new baby clothes, etc. towards this very important cause.


As the Christmas season approaches we ask our parishioners for their support with gift cards or cash donations to distribute to our neighbours in need so that they can have a joyous Christmas. Some donations are provides by local Catholic schools or local businesses. Please contact us, to find out how you can get involved.


In February, around Super Bowl weekend we organize a food drive at Merciful Redeemer Parish. The collected non-perishable food items are donated to a local food bank. Often soup items are brought in with a loonie or toonie attached. The cash is used to support the charitable works of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.


Our annual spring yard sale appeals to bargain hunters with tables full of great deals. All the money collected from this sale is used to support our charitable works. This year, the weather cooperated and the turnout was good as many people came out to the sale.


The Society is committed to helping the poor and those in need in any way possible. This help may therefore take many forms, from helping individuals and families in our own neighbourhood to providing shelter to, and feeding and clothing the homeless in urban centres. Our members are involved in nursing home visitations, prison ministry, food banks volunteering, summer camps and visiting the elderly or shut-ins.


Since its inception Merciful Redeemer Conference SSVP has provided assistance to hundreds of our neighbours and friends living in the community. The majority of donations come from the generous parishioners of Merciful Redeemer Roman Catholic Church. Without your continuous support and the strong support of all previous and current pastoral teams our work would not be possible. On our behalf, and on behalf of those we serve, Thank You.


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