About Us

The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Sterling/Rock Falls has fed the hungry of our community for over 60 years. We offer food from our own food pantry, referrals to other neighborhood food banks, financial assistance, and other necessities a family might need.

Through the generosity and support of our area communities, as of 2020, we are able to offer our services to ALL of Whiteside County along with the Sterling/Rock Falls area that we currently serve.

St. Vincent de Paul Society of Sterling/Rock Falls is a non-profit 501c3 organization that does not discriminate based on race, religion, age or gender.

Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from noon until 2:30 pm.

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Board of Directors:

President: Fred Marruffo
Vice President: Paul Hess
Treasurer: Mike Knolhoff
Secretary:  Mary Temiquel

Our Mission

We are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need. We are part of an international society of friends united by a spirit of poverty, humility, and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection.

Energized by the awareness that service to our brother or sister in need is, in fact, an encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ. Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are keenly aware that poverty, suffering, and loneliness are present for millions in our communities. For that reason, we collaborate with all who seek to relieve need and address its causes.

Since 1833, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul® has been serving those in need. The Society’s 97,000 trained volunteers (members) in the United States provided 17.9 million hours of volunteer service in 2015, helping 23.8 million people through visits to homes, prisons, and hospitals.

Our Role

The National Council provides training, resources, and spiritual direction to local Conferences and Councils, enabling our local Vincentians to provide immediate emergency assistance to those in need, while simultaneously helping people journey out of poverty.

The National Council also leads the charge in training our local Conferences and Councils to go beyond offering basic assistance for emergency situations – Vincentians learn how to join hands with an individual or family so that they can walk out of poverty. We also provide spiritual resources and training as one of our basic functions, allowing our Vincentians to grow in faith and spread the love of Christ to those they serve.