It all started when…
In 1983 the Vincentian Service Corps was founded by the Vincentian priests to further the work of St. Vincent de Paul. Three volunteers formed the first VSC East community. They worked in the social ministries of Philadelphia’s Immaculate Conception Parish and lived simply in a small apartment across from the parish rectory. VSC East continued to have volunteers serving faithfully until its closing in July 2004.
At about the same time (1983), another group of the Vincentian family, the Daughters of Charity, were establishing a similar program out of St. Louis, Missouri, which is now Vincentian Mission Corps. Today they continue to place volunteers in service in the Midwest.
VSC West was formed in 1991 to serve northern and southern California. It began with seven volunteers who served in various agencies in and around Los Angeles. Today it is sponsored by the Daughters of Charity, Province of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and continues to grow along the western coastline, with the 2019/2020 year of service focused on San Francisco.
The VSC programs work independently, but cooperatively, recruiting and placing volunteers in their own geographic areas.
MISEVI USA (Mission and Service the Vincentian Way, a Vincentian Volunteer Network) is a collaborative effort of Vincentian groups committed to the values of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac. The members of the Network are independent organizations that invite lay adults to work for justice while tending to the needs of those who are poor and to deepen their faith through prayer, community and reflection. MISEVI-USA includes: Colorado Vincentian Volunteers, Heartland Charity Volunteers, St. Vincent DePaul Youth and Young Adult Center, Vincentian Lay Missionaries, Vincentian Mission Corps, Vincentian Service Corps, and Vincentian Volunteers of Cincinnati. We are also collaborating with several Vincentian Universities as we find ways of supporting, challenging, and working together to better support the Vincentian charism of service with those who are poor and creating bridge-building connections among individuals and organizations. MISEVI – USA was formally accepted and recognized by MISEVI International in 2013.