The St. Thomas Conference of St. Vincent de Paul began in 1935 and is the only conference serving the Ann Arbor area. The aim of the Society is to bring true charity to all. It is not simply distributing goods to the needy. It is fundamentally the giving of oneself in friendship, which can only be done through personal encounter. At the same time, members grow spiritually by experiencing the Lord in each other and in those whom they serve.