St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco

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aka St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco, SVDP, SVdP, SVDP San Francisco, SVDP SF, St. Vincent de Paul Society Particular Council of San Francisco   |   San Francisco, CA   |


The mission of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco is to offer hope and service on a direct person-to-person basis, working to break the cycles of homelessness and domestic violence. Founded in 1860, the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco (SVDP-SF) is a nonprofit organization that enriches our community by providing an essential safety net for those striving to overcome poverty, homelessness, addiction and domestic violence. Through a wide range of shelter, housing and extensive support services, individual assistance, and volunteerism, we help those in need become self-sufficient and active members of our society, while treating all our clients with dignity and respect.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Margi English

Main address

1175 Howard Street

San Francisco, CA 94103 USA

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NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In San Francisco and Bay Area, more than 28,000 people are living on the streets or in shelters. It only takes a walk around any neighborhood in the City to understand the pressing need for effective solutions to the homeless crisis. In the latest count, 7,754 individuals in San Francisco were found to be without access to safe, stable housing. The 2022 Homeless Point-In-Time Report states that there's an 18% increase in people staying in shelters since 2019.\n\nDomestic violence continues to be one of the most persistent challenges facing our community. Desperate calls for assistance to S.F. emergency services related to domestic violence average 25 every day. Women face many barriers to stability after surviving domestic violence, including emotional trauma, lack of adequate income, unemployment, legal issues and lack of affordable housing. Children exposed to domestic violence are at high risk for emotional, mental, and social impairments that can inhibit their development.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adult Homeless Services

St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco (SVDP-SF) provides life-saving services for adults experiencing homelessness. The Society operates two full-service shelters that offer refuge, safety and the opportunity to make positive steps towards self-sufficiency.

The SVDP-SF Multi-Service Center is a 24-hour shelter facility, the largest of its kind in Northern California, which can accommodate 410 adults daily. The center provides safe respite from the harsh reality of life on the streets offering beds, meals, showers, and full range of vital services that include medical care, substance abuse screening, housing support, legal consultation, employment and educational resources, and help in accessing needed resources. All of those benefiting from MSC are adults over the age of 18 years. Many are seniors and many have multiple health issues and histories of mental illness and substance abuse. The center seeks to improve the health, safety and self-sufficiency of our community’s disenfranchised and vulnerable citizens.

The Division Circle Navigation Center is a 24/7 shelter with 126 beds for men and women experiencing chronic homelessness. The Center is able to accommodate single adults, as well as couples, pets and personal belongings. Like the Multi-Service Center, the Division Circle Navigation Center also offers medical and legal services, as well as access to employment, public benefits and other vital resources. The Center provides direct access to housing programs through an active partnership with the City of San Francisco.

Population(s) Served

The Riley Center provides comprehensive services for adults (predominantly women) and children in abusive relationships from the point of crisis to a woman or family’s achievement of self-sufficiency. Through intensive case management and support services, women and families begin the journey of rebuilding their lives, securing safe and affordable housing and financial independence. The Riley Center’s residential, community-based and supportive services provide domestic violence survivors with the support and resources needed to achieve safety, stability and self-sufficiency.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Access Points are localized community gateways into San Francisco’s Homelessness Response System. Access Point is embedded at our MSC shelter and is a problem-solving service to the entire San Francisco community of our unhoused neighbors. Rapid connections to services affords client a one-stop experience in which to navigate their next steps to stability.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

At St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco we envision a community where everyone has a safe and secure home, good health, and caring relationships free of violence. Our mission is to offer hope and service on a direct person-to-person basis, working to break the cycles of homelessness and domestic violence. For nearly 160 years, we have given aid and comfort to the most vulnerable in our community, those who are poor, without access to basic needs, and survivors of physical and emotional abuse. Our comprehensive residential and supportive services provide safety and security, and empower adults and families to gain stability, recover from trauma, and lead healthy, productive lives. The individuals walking through our doors have little or no access to financial resources. They often struggle with mental illness, substance addiction, are isolated and do not have the support of family and friends. Most have experienced trauma and violence in their lives and feel lost and abandoned. Over 80% come from communities of color, many having fallen victim to institutional racism and lack of opportunity. SVDP-SF is a safe haven where people can begin the journey to health and self-sufficiency.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco (SVDP-SF) employs best practices and evidence based strategies to pursue our mission. We operate programs in two major areas—homeless services and domestic violence. \n\nOur Adult Homeless Services include the Multi-Service Center, the largest shelter of its kind in Northern California. The center provides 24/7 shelter for adults experiencing homelessness, accommodating 410 men and women daily. In addition, SVDP-SF manages the 126 bed Division Circle Navigation Center for chronically homeless adults in partnership with the City and County of San Francisco. At both shelters, residents receive two meals each day and on-site medical and behavioral health services, housing support, legal consultation, employment opportunities, enrollment in public benefit programs, and access to other vital resources. \n\nThe Riley Center: Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence is a comprehensive program for adults (primarily women) and children in abusive and violent relationships. The center offers emergency shelter for up to three months and transitional housing for as long as one year. A community-based office provides longer term support, assistance and guidance for survivors and their families. A wide range of supportive services are available at the residences and outreach office, including crisis intervention; care coordination; 24/7 crisis phone line; housing guidance and support; court accompaniment; help with budgeting and financial planning; on-site mental health assessment and treatment; and advocacy to access legal, housing, employment, and other resources.

SVDP-SF has an established record of service in San Francisco for the community’s most vulnerable residents. Founded in 1860, SVDP-SF helps to lift people out of poverty, improve health, and assist individuals and families to be productive and self-sufficient. The organization is known for its dedication, professionalism and effectiveness, as well as caring and committed board, staff and volunteers. With a wide range of active community partnerships, SVDP-SF programs benefit from being integrally connected to public and private health and social service resources.\n\nOver the past four decades, SVDP-SF has developed expertise in the areas of adult homelessness and domestic violence. The organization operates major programs that include residential and extensive supportive services. SVDP-SF services reached 7,000 men, women and children in 2018.\n\nThe SVDP-SF Board of Directors and Executive Management team are comprised of experienced and skilled professionals and community representatives who come from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and perspectives.

Significant achievements have been made in SVDP-SF’s implementation of its Strategic Objectives 2018-2022 Plan. As anticipated, challenges in reaching benchmarks have also been encountered, which have required adjustments in our planning. However, the organization remains on track to meet or exceed Strategic Objectives in Finance, Program, Leadership and Management, Communications, and Revenue Generation over the next three years.\n\nProgram outcomes have consistently been met. In 2018 SVDP-SF homeless adult programs sheltered 3,886 men and women, served 308,790 meals, and assisted 196 people to secure housing. Our shelters maintained near full capacity throughout the year, averaging 98% occupancy, and case managers worked hard assisting individuals to move from street-living to transitional and permanent housing, and facilitating mental health and substance abuse treatment for residents. \n\nDuring this past year, the Riley Center: Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence continued to provide vital residential and community-based services, improving the safety, health and self-sufficiency of families impacted by domestic violence (3,163 adults, predominantly women, and children). Among highlights of Riley Center outcomes achieved this past year are: 79% of Riley Center residents improved economic self-sufficiency by securing employment or achieving income stability upon exiting the program. 100% of Riley Center residents moved into safe housing upon program exit, of which 45% found permanent homes, 36% moved in with family members, and 18% went to another shelter or hotel after departing from Riley Center residential programs.\n\nSubstantial progress has been made with respect to growth in the organization’s revenues, which increased 22% from 2017 to 2018 with a projected increase of 25% in 2019. Driving this growth is the expansion of our Adult Homeless Services, partnering with the City of San Francisco to open and operate a new Navigation Center. The Navigation Center model of providing shelter coupled with intensive support services is proving effective in transitioning chronically homeless people from the streets into housing. \n\nWe have also taken steps to increase the organization’s visibility through social media and other communication vehicles. Our website has been updated and improved. A compelling videotape about the organization was made utilizing the pro bono services of a professional filmmaker. Annual Reports have been completed and uploaded to the organization website in each of the last two years. Internal communications have been improved and monthly staff development for supervisors have been initiated.\n\nThe SVDP-SF Board of Directors is actively engaged in improving and updating policies and procedures, and is directly involved in overseeing budget and finance issues. Plans are underway for continuing to strengthen the organization’s financial health, including strategies to meet pressing long-term capital needs.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco

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St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco

Board of directors
as of 03/22/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Joe Stark

Electro-Mechanical Field Service Technician

Term: 2014 - 2019

Martha Arbouex

Retired Executive, Fireman's Fund Insurance Co.

Belinda Vega


Joseph Cooney

Former Charles Schwab, Inc. Marketing Executive

Brian Brosnahan

Attorney; Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP

Greg Bryan

Attorney at Law

Nagi Chami

Founder and CEO, Tri-State Enterprises Property Management

Kathy Fourre

Retired Genetech, Inc.

Bernadine Adams

Civil Case Coordinator Judicial Council of California

Aleece Germano

Enterprise Account Executive, Anaplan

Kathryn Parish-Reese

Retired, CA Department of Corrections

Wilfredo Lim

Retired, Controller, Zuckerberg SF General Hospital

Danielle Pierre

Litigation Council at Google LLC

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/22/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

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