Ladies of Charity

Ladies of Charity


The mission of the Milwaukee chapter of the Ladies of Charity is to provide clothing to children in need in primary through high school grades. School social workers and principals determine the clothing needs of a family and send them to our store with a voucher. Every effort is made to provide each child with a wardrobe of new and gently used clothing; items like pants, tops, sweaters, winter jackets, hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, socks, and underwear. Our international association of over 200,000 women in more than 50 countries serves in many ways to support those in poverty.


The Ladies of Charity has its roots in the ministry of Sts. Vincent de Paul and Louis de Marillac, 17th-century French saints who cared for the poor of Paris. St. Louise de Marillac is the patron saint of social workers. We are the oldest religiously-oriented lay volunteer group in existence.

Our Store

Our store is located on the St. Francis of Assisi campus at 1936 N. Vel R. Phillips Avenue in Milwaukee. The store is open from 9:00 a.m. until Noon on Thursday mornings and the 2nd Saturday of the month from September to June. We gladly accept donations of new or nearly new clothing, financial donations and your prayers.

Our Members

Many members of St. Robert and other area parishes are members of the Ladies of Charity. Our members:

  • Are inspired by the life of St. Vincent de Paul, and are people who come together to help meet the needs of the poor.
  • Include businesswomen, homemakers, teachers, professionals and retirees.
  • Gather used clothing through donations, clothing drives, and thrift stores and purchase items as needed. Teams work to staff the Clothing Center, sorting and organizing clothing, and meeting with families to select items.
  • Enjoy opportunities to pray and socialize with other members.
  • Partner with Laundry Love, Rising Stars tutoring and Capuchin ministry.

How Can You Help?

  • Become a member
  • Volunteer
  • Donate gently used clothing
  • Donate to fund our mission
  • Make memorial donations

For information on contributing or volunteering, or to learn more about what we do, visit our website, or email us at

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