St. Vincent de Paul, Dayton District Council is a nonprofit organization, annually assisting over 100,000 people in need.
Inspired by Gospel values, they assist the homeless and impoverished by sharing God’s love by providing emergency shelter, transitional housing, food, clothing, household items, and guidance to leading a self-sufficient life. They provide aid and hope to those on the brink of losing housing, those who are currently homeless, and to those working to secure permanent housing. St. Vincent de Paul operates Dayton’s two largest homeless shelters, permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, a furniture bank, a community store, and food pantries.
The Gateway Shelter for Men is a 24-hour emergency homeless shelter which provides three meals a day, clothing, personal care items, mail and message services, and access to case management to assist the men in exiting the shelter into appropriate permanent housing.
Since March 2011, Living Water has been sending a team of volunteers on the fourth Saturday of every month to the St. Vincent’s Gateway Men’s Shelter. Eight to ten volunteers prepare a complete hot meal to feed 240 in the Living Water kitchen, transport it to the Men’s Shelter on Gettysburg Ave., and serve it to the men being housed there. Volunteers, at least 14 years old or older, can either help prepare from 4:30p-6:00p, help serve from 6:30p-8:00p, or do both. Teams are led by one of six couples who take turns leading throughout the year.