Billings District Council, Society of St. Vincent de Paul (Billings, MT)


  • Name:Edward Zabrocki
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Billings District Council, Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Address:2610 Montana Ave.
    Billings, MT 59102
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:406-252-1855

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of the Billings District Council, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, is to promote and perform works of charity through personal service. It is the vision of the Society to make our world free from pain, suffering and poverty. The Society expresses Christian values through faith, hope and love.

  • Overview:
  • The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is dedicated to helping all persons in need – regardless of creed, opinion, color, caste, or origin. Their mission is to help the hungry, homeless, sick, disabled, elderly, and children.

    The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP), a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.

    Conference members of the Society volunteer to visit people who are in need. These appointments are called Home Visits and take place only in the privacy of the homes of those needing assistance. Home visits are only conducted with the consent of the person receiving the visit.

    Society members volunteering to complete Home Visits receive training in assessing individual and family needs. Home visitors are provided with resource materials and guidelines to assist them in treating each individual fairly, justly, and with dignity. During the home visit, the Society members complete a needs assessment and provide such emergency assistance as immediately required. Society members then relay a report of the Home Visit to SVdP staff members, including recommendations for further assistance.

    Assistance is provided through the SVdP Charitable Works Office, most commonly by the Resource Worker(s). Assistance may include (but is not limited to) provision of clothing; assistance in obtaining food; provision of basic furnishings for a home; provision of such necessities as dishes, cooking utensils, bedding and towels; assistance with payment of rent; and travel assistance (gasoline for personal vehicles or bus- or airfare) both locally and state- and nationwide. SVdP may also provide assistance with access to prescription medications, dental services and eye-care as funding allows.

    SVdP also provides Representative Payee services for individuals with disabilities who are unable for whatever reason to manage their own finances. SVdP Representative Payees ensure that clients' bills are current, that they have enough funding to purchase necessities, and that their basic needs are being met. They also monitor clients' finances to ensure that they are not taken advantage of by unscrupulous persons.

    SVdP raises funds through sales of donated items at two St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores in Billings, MT. Donations made to the Thrift Stores may also be provided directly to those seeking assistance. Through the Charitable Works Office, those in need may access at no cost such items as bedding and towels, furniture, clothing and dishes or cooking utensils from the Thrift Stores.

    In addition to the sale of items at the Thrift Stores, SVdP raises funds through local fundraisers and local donations (charitable giving). All funds donated to St. Vincent de Paul go back into the community to help those in need. Employee salaries are covered by a small percentage of Thrift Store sales while the majority of funds raised through the Thrift Stores are also used to provide services and assistance for those in need.

    In order to minimize duplication of services and ensure that all those seeking assistance receive the support they need, SVdP collaborates with local human service agencies. SVdP works closely with The Hub (adult mental health center), Human Resources Development Agency or HRDC (local community action agency), Family Services, Inc. (a private nonprofit working to alleviate homelessness and poverty), the Billings Food Bank, Alpha House (Montana Dept. of Corrections men's pre-release center) and Passages (Montana Dept. of Corrections women's pre-release center). In addition, a representative of the Billings Job Service (Montana Dept. of Labor, Workforce Services) is onsite at the Charitable Works Office weekly to assist Friends of SVdP in finding employment.

  • History:
  • The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of the United States was founded in St. Louis, Missouri in 1845 as an association of Catholic lay persons engaged in personal service to the poor. The Society was and is affiliated with the International Society of St. Vincent de Paul, established in Paris in 1833.

    The Billings District Council the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) was organized in April of 1972 and incorporated with the State of Montana on May 1st of that year. The beginnings of the local SVdP were rather humble; a small thrift store located in a section of an old department store. Monies brought in by the Thrift Store supported the charitable activities of the Society, and was staffed entirely by volunteers. Eventually the Board of Directors would hire a manager to oversee the operations of the Thrift Store, although volunteer staff continued to provide the main workforce.

    In 1993, finding the workload was more than could be managed by the volunteer Board, the position of Executive Director was created. Eventually, the Thrift Store was moved next door into a remodeled grocery store, and the original building was remodeled to become the Charitable Works Office. A second Thrift Store was opened on the West End of Billings, with all funds raised continuing to support the activities of SVdP and distributed to those in need through the Charitable Works Office. Currently, SVdP employs an administrative staff consisting of an Executive Director, a Volunteer Coordinator and a Bookkeeper. The Charitable Works Office employs a Resource Worker and two Representative Payees. The Thrift Stores employ a Manager, Sorters (for donations to be sold at the Thrift Stores), Floor Workers, a Scheduler (for pick-ups of donations and deliveries of purchases) and Truck Drivers (donations and deliveries). In all, SVdP employs eight full-time and approximately 19 part-time workers. Volunteers still play a big part in the success of the organization, and work in every department.

    With the expansion of the Thrift Stores and of the Charitable Works Office, the Billings District Council, Society of St. Vincent de Paul is now able to assist an average of 900 families per month with obtaining and/or maintaining such basic needs as food, clothing, housing and transportation.

  • Year established:1972
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:8
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:27


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:91-0879988

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:910879988
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:3005 1ST AVE S
  • Organization City:BILLINGS
  • Organization State:MT
  • Organization Zip:59101-4020
  • Group Exemption Number:5496
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):7
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Religious Organization
  • Affiliation Code:9
  • Ruling Date:February, 2007
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):150, 120, 001
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Hospital, Publishing activities, Church, synagogue, etc
  • Organization Code:5 (Association)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:P99
  • Asset Amount:$1,493,250
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,951,896
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$1,619,223
  • Last Updated:3/23/2018 3:44:46 am

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