DSW is a ministry that invites people to join us in service, prayer, community, and Salesian Spirit.

This ministry is focused on sharing Salesian spirituality with people in struggling communities through direct personal service and the advancement of peace and justice. Volunteers do much needed practical service. The DSW experience fosters the Christian worldview of St. Francis de Sales and brings the power of gentleness, humility, and optimism to very poor, hard edged communities.

Mission Statement

A ministry of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, DeSales Service Works welcomes volunteers to join in service, prayer, and learning in our struggling neighborhood. The on-going community and the volunteers who participate in urban immersion service retreats provide direct service to children, adults, immigrants, addicts, homeless, and at-risk youth.


DeSales Service Works brings people of differing backgrounds together under the banner of Christ to the benefit of both the volunteers (generally from middle class, more affluent  backgrounds) and residents of our neighborhoods (generally more disadvantaged). DSW makes an impact, demonstrating the power of St. Francis’ gentle strength in aggressive, violent communities and working to improve the quality of life for our struggling sisters and brothers. DSW also makes an impact on the volunteers; as Pope Francis puts it, “When you meet the needy, your heart grows bigger.”

DSW Introduction Video

DSW Volunteer House Tour