ABOUT US

After the Grand Forks flood in 1997, the Catholic churches in the area saw a greater than normal need for a food pantry, emergency assistance and a thrift store. From that need developed what is today known as St. Joseph's Social Care. Promoting dignity and self-worth while inspiring hope and empowerment is our goal. With a small staff and a team of dedicated volunteers, we provide basic human needs to the local disadvantaged with food, housing, transportation, clothing and emergency assistance, such as paying for their utilities.


OUR MISSION

St. Joseph’s Social Care, a Catholic Charity, provides assistance to individuals and families in need without regard to race, religion, or national origin. By meeting basic needs, St. Joseph’s inspires hope and empowers persons to reach their fullest potential. St. Joseph’s advocates for those in need, promotes their dignity and self-worth, and strives to walk with them, learn from them, and see in them the presence of God.



TIMELINE

  • 1997


    May

    The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Grand Forks was formed at 2206 Gateway Drive; Food pantry, Emergency assistance and Thrift store

  • 1998


    February

    The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Grand Forks is incorporated

  • 2000


    July

    Operation and thrift store move to current location at 620 8th Ave South

  • 2002


    February

    Sold 2206 Gateway Drive location


    July

    Cars for a Cause Program


    September

    Halloween Costume Give Away


    December

    Purchased 1805 for transitional housing
    Current location gifted by Leon and Jane Comeau

  • 2003


    January

    First social worker staff hired


    May

    Purchased two units of Comeau Transitional Housing Program


    December

    Completed transitional housing at 1805

  • 2005


    November

    First Empty Bowl Event

  • 2006


    February

    Purchased 614 and 616 8th Ave South for Permanent Supportive Housing Program


    May

    Opened Permanent Supportive Housing Program


    June

    Started Forward Movement Program


    August

    Integrated with the Grand Forks Food Cupboard


    September

    Second social worker hired

  • 2007


    September

    Built two double garages for storage of food and thrift store items


    November

    Developed website - svdpgf.org

  • 2008


    January

    Added three new offices


    June

    Free Summer Lunch for Youth serves two locations


    Hired bookkeeper and brought accounting in-house

  • 2010


    January

    Open third unit of Permanent Supportive Housing


    February

    Name changed to St. Vincent of Grand Forks

  • 2011


    June

    Name changed to St. Joseph’s Social Care and Thrift Store


    Summer Lunch program serves seven locations

  • 2016


    May

    Lot purchased from City of Grand Forks for future housing


    June

    Summer Lunch program serves nine locations


    September

    New website rollout

  • 2017


    20th Anniversary

  • 2018


    October

    Betty’s Kitchen underway

  • 2019