It was on his 20th birthday in 1833 that Frederic Ozanam at the University of Paris began an organization that would become the worldwide Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Today there are over 900,000 Vincentians worldwide, approximately 115,000 in the U.S., organized into 4600 conferences. The Society collaborates with other organizations of goodwill in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction as to race, ethnicity or religion, because in all of those in need Vincentians see the face of Christ.
St. Matthew Conference began in 1968. Currently our conference has approximately 60 active volunteers. Emergency food, furniture, and rent or utility assistance are available to families and individuals residing in Hillsboro or North Plains. Emergency food is available at the Hertel Center, located across from St. Matthew Church, every weekday from 9-11:30 a.m. Essential furniture items, including beds, kitchen furniture, dressers and appliances, or furniture donations, can be arranged for on an “as available” basis, by calling the Hertel Center at 503-693-7528 any weekday morning. Rent/Utility assistance is handled through interviews scheduled on the first weekday of each month, starting at 1 p.m. in the St. Matthew Parish Hall.
Conference meetings are scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Hertel Center and we welcome anyone interested in bringing the love of Christ to the needy and forgotten. Please call for more information.
St. Vincent de Paul - St. Matthew Conference