Depaul UK is a subsidiary of Depaul International and part of the Depaul Group, a group of charities that works across the world with a mission to end homelessness and change the lives of those affected by it.
Depaul International helps its subsidiaries to develop new approaches to preventing and ending homelessness – informed by best practice and tailored to their own realities. We also work to establish new subsidiaries and partnerships in countries where we identify a lack of services for people experiencing homelessness.
We support our subsidiaries to live up to the Group’s high standards for governance, finance and service provision. DPI acts as a resource centre, helping each subsidiary to build capacity where needed, provide expertise, support fundraising activities, and build networks.
We ensure that our Vincentian values are embedded in all aspects of organisational life and inform the decisions we make. We organise and develop values training for the Group and across all organisational levels – making sure that everyone, from the frontlines to the board, understands and lives our values.
We work to end homelessness through advocacy and systems change at local and global level – for example, introducing homelessness on the UN agenda for the first time in a generation. To achieve this goal, we work in partnership with the Institute of Global Homelessness and the Famvin Homeless Alliance.
The Group began in the UK in 1989 as a response to the growth of youth homelessness on the streets of London. It quickly grew into a national charity in the UK and, in 2002, began expanding internationally and now works across the world.
All member charities of the Depaul Group are independent and focus on the specific needs of people experiencing homelessness in their country. In this they are supported by staff at Depaul International, a small team based in London, which also helps create and support any new Depaul charities.
Sr Sarah King-Turner, Sr Barbara Smith and Mark McGreevy
Vincentian values are key to the work of the Depaul Group. These values include a commitment to help the poorest of the poor – and to place actions ahead of words.
Depaul International also partners with DePaul University based in Chicago to oversee the Institute of Global Homelessness – a global research and leadership forum helping a diverse range of international partners to acquire knowledge, skills and capacity to overcome homelessness.
St Vincent de Paul
Depaul was founded in 1989 by three Catholic organisations: the Daughters of Charity, the Passage Day Centre and the Society of St Vincent de Paul. The Group is a member of the worldwide Vincentian Family, a movement of over 2 million people inspired by St Vincent de Paul. St Vincent de Paul was a major social reformer in 17th century France. He devoted his life to helping the poor, sick and needy. He is often referred to as “the Saint of Charity”.
The Depaul Group works for the good of all and supports people of all faiths and none.
Celebrating 30 years of Depaul