About Us

Depaul USA is a national homeless services nonprofit organization and affiliate of the international homelessness services organization, Depaul International Group. Celebrating over 12 years of working with homeless individuals across the United States.

Homelessness has no place

Depaul USA opened its first program in 2009. Inspired by the values and wisdom of St. Vincent de Paul, Depaul USA operates in six cities with 17 programs, which provide an array of services including:

  • Permanent supportive housing
  • Affordable housing
  • Temporary housing
  • Day centers
  • Health clinics

These diverse operations help homeless men and women:

  • Overcome the immediate crisis of homelessness
  • Improve their health
  • Increase their economic well-being
  • Attain and sustain housing

Celebrating 10 years of service

  • Depaul USA was incorporated as an independent 501(c)(3).
  • Opened Depaul House in Philadelphia
  • Established Immaculate Cleaning Services, LLC in Philadelphia
  • Opened Daybreak in Macon
  • Began operating rapid rehousing in New Orleans
  • Began operating Project MORE/PLUS in St. Louis
  • Began operating the Medical Respite in Philadelphia
  • Founded the Dax Program in Chicago
  • Established Depaul USA Realty, LLC in St. Louis
  • Began operating Jericho Way in Little Rock
  • Opened WEAR, Depaul USA’s thrift store in Macon
  • Opened St. Raymond’s House in Philadelphia
  • Opened first Dax House in Chicago
  • Opened St. Lazare House in St. Louis
  • Opened first housing unit in Little Rock
  • Purchased a home in Chicago for the Dax Program
  • Opened affordable housing duplexes in Little Rock
  • Opened the Dax Program at St. Joseph's House in Philadelphia

Our Mission

We aim to end homelessness and change the lives of those affected by it.

Our Vision

Our vision is of a society in which everyone, across the world, has a place to call home and a stake in their community.

Our Values

We celebrate the potential of people

Depaul USA works to empower people affected by homelessness to make decisions, set goals, take risks and learn from their mistakes. We work with the most excluded people and treat all who use the services with respect.

We put our words into action

Depaul USA is committed to finding new ways of tackling the problems faced by homeless people. This innovation and entrepreneurship means listening to service users, volunteers and staff and acting on their ideas.

We aim to take a wider role in civil society

Depaul USA is an authoritative voice on homelessness, working in partnership with government, local authorities, the private sector, churches and other voluntary agencies. Together we achieve the best possible outcome for homeless people.

We believe in rights and responsibilities

Depaul USA believes that people have fundamental rights as humans and within the law that we must uphold and safeguard. We equally extend these rights and responsibilities to our organization, staff, volunteers and those affected by homelessness who use our services.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors includes community leaders from across the U.S. who dedicate their time and expertise to govern and advance the mission of Depaul USA.

Kathryn McBrearty Gerhardt

Board Chair – Macon, GA

Gary Musolf

Board Treasurer – Macon, GA

Jeff Battcher

Macon, GA

Sr. Ellen Kron, D.C.

New Orleans, LA

Rev. Toneh A. Smyth

Blue Bell, PA

Palmer Richardson, Esq.

Trenton, NJ

Tony Romero

Chicago, IL

Annie Thomas

Philadelphia, PA

Rev. Bernard Tracey, C.M.

Queens, NY

Kathy Webb

Little Rock, AR

Sr. Chris Maggi

Los Altos Hills, CA

Chuck Levesque

President & Executive Director, Depaul USA

Katherine Frandsen

Leavenworth, Kansas

Dean Evans

Chicago, IL

Jim Finn

Philadelphia, PA

Charles W. Levesque

President & Executive Director

“Over the past ten years, Depaul USA has grown from a single transitional housing program in Philadelphia to multiple programs serving homeless men and women in six cities across the country. We have grown to respond to the need for our services. Our expansion has been possible because of the resources and expertise of the Vincentian Family. Wherever Depaul USA is at work, we seek to be ‘inventive unto infinity’, fill unmet local needs, and collaborate with other organizations.”

2021 Outcomes

Served 3,170 unique individuals

Helped 218 people attain employment

Provided 100,125 meals

Moved 220 people to permanent housing

About Depaul International

Depaul USA is part of the Depaul International Group of charities which works across the world to end homelessness.

All member-charities of the Depaul International Group are independent and focus on the specific needs of homeless people in their country. 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.

The Depaul International Group was founded in 1989 by three Catholic organizations: 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 who devoted his life to helping the poor, sick and needy. Vincentian values are key to the work of the Depaul International Group. These values include a commitment to help the poorest of the poor – and to place actions ahead of words.

The Depaul International Group works for the good of all and supports people of all faiths and none.