Aroha mai, aroha atu
Love towards us, love going out from us
The Society of St Vincent de Paul (Vinnies) is a non-profit organisation whose work primarily involves person-to-person contact with people who have a variety of needs.
The Society tries to promote self-sufficiency, enabling people to help themselves. Any assistance offered by the Society is given in a non-judgemental spirit of compassion, based on the need of the individual or family.
2017 marked the 150th year that The Society has been operating in New Zealand. The first Conference started in Christchurch. There were a number of special events to mark the 150 years and around the Country various Society Areas held local events to celebrate.
You may know that St Vincent de Paul (Vinnies) have wonderful Op Shops, where fantastic bargains are to be found. However, you may not be aware that all the profits from our Op Shops are used to support people in need in our communities throughout the Western Bay. We have shops in Tauranga, Greerton and Mount Maungaunui. Shop
Many people need support at some time in their lives to deal with life's challenges and support provided needs to be practical, useful, non-judgemental and be respectful. We work very closely with other organisations in order that we can provide a holistic service. Some examples are budget advice, Plunket, and Social Work Services. Support