The Depaul Group began in 1989, in the UK, instigated by the late Cardinal Basil Hume (1923-1999) in response to the growing number of homeless people on the streets of London. Cardinal Hume brought together as founders the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, the Society of St Vincent de Paul, and The Passage day centre in London’s Victoria district – all of which have their roots in the life and work of Saint Vincent de Paul (1581-1660). Depaul quickly grew into a national charity in the UK and, in 2002, began expanding internationally, starting in Ireland.
Vincent de Paul devoted his life to helping the poor, sick and needy and was canonised in 1737. He is often referred to as “the Saint of Charity”. Vincentian Values are key to the foundation and work of the Depaul Group and all its national charities. These values include a commitment to help the poorest of the poor – and to place actions ahead of words. Depaul UK focuses on young people in crisis and beyond.
We support young people by:
- Offering a safe place to stay in a crisis,
- Helping them to take the step from homelessness into stable housing, and
- Providing specialist long-term support to help get lives back on track.