About Us

Home to Families in Need

Ozanam is Evansville’s only emergency shelter for families.

Our residents stay in private rooms and receive basic needs, including utilities, food, personal hygiene items and access to our laundry facility. They also receive help developing a plan to get them out of emergency housing and into their own permanent place. 

Ozanam’s small staff is complemented by an active board of directors and small army of volunteers. Working together, we’ve impacted the lives of thousands of homeless individuals since 1989.

10
Years We've Served the Homeless
460
Total Number of Residents Housed in 2019
5
Ave. Number of Families Housed a Month
1430
Meals Provided in 2019

About Frederic Ozanam

A Heritage of Helping

In 1833, our namesake, Frederic Ozanam, was a law student at the Sorbonne in Paris. He was outspoken with a passion for social justice and helping the poor. That passion led to the formation of the Conference of Charity (later called the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul), an organization that uplifted the poor living in the slums of Paris.

Frederic Ozanam spent his entire adult life helping the poor. His strong beliefs that everyone deserves a helping hand and the ability to improve their own circumstances is the very foundation of Ozanam Family Shelter’s mission today.