Society of St. Vincent de Paul, District Council of Sonoma County Overview
Target demographics: Poor and low income residents of Sonoma County
Direct beneficiaries per year: St. Vincent de Paul of Sonoma County served over 89,000 meals in our free Dining Room while more than 64,000 purchases were made in our Thrift Store in 2010. We made a difference for over 145,000 needy residents in Sonoma County who utilized our services, and countless others who received comfort and support through a person to person visit from our volunteers.
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Sort clothes in our warehouse, research collectibles, prepare food in our Dining Room, serve food in our Dining Room
Geographic areas served: Sonoma County, California
Programs: The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Sonoma County is committed to ensuring that all individuals have equal access to our assistance, services, facilities, and employment opportunities. We do not discriminate against any person with regard to race, religion, color, creed, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, national origin, political affiliation, immigration status, mental or physical disability, income level, or medical condition.
SANTA ROSA FREE DINING ROOM
The Dining Room is located in the Railroad Square area of Santa Rosa, at 610 Wilson Street. Entrance is through the back of the building off 7th St.
Caring volunteers in our free Dining Room prepare and serve a hot, nutritious lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm every day, 365 days a year. During the fiscal year ended 9/30/10 we served over 89,000 meals to the hungry and homeless men, women and children of Sonoma County.
ROHNERT PARK THRIFT STORE
We operate a warehouse and Thrift Store in Rohnert Park where people in need and the general public can shop for low-cost clothing, furniture, and household items. All profits support our free Dining Room .
The Thrift Store is open Monday – Saturday, 8:30 am to 6 pm. A vast array of merchandise is available for sale at bargain prices. Visit our website at: www.svdp-sonoma.org for more information about the huge selection of items available and how you can take advantage of our daily specials and sales!
Every item donated through our Rohnert Park warehouse and sold in our retail Thrift Store directly benefits the needy of Sonoma County. All profits from the store support our Dining Room and other services to the needy, while providing bargain prices to shoppers on clothing, furniture, and house wares.
If you can buy it at a Department Store, chances are you can find a gently used version at our Thrift Store. We sell:
• Furniture (bedroom, living room, family room, patio)
• Beds (new and remanufactured)
• Home accessories
• Artwork & prints
• Electronics (see note below) & small appliances
• Household goods, dishes, glassware, small kitchen appliances
• Linens & bedding
• Sports equipment
• Books, records, CDs, DVDs
• Clothing, Shoes, & Accessories - Men’s, Women’s, & Children’s
• Collectibles/antiques/vintage specialty items
IF YOU NEED INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE
St. Vincent de Paul volunteers make home visits—a cornerstone of the Society since it was founded. Our Individual Assistance Program will provide you with a home visit from a volunteer who will help to assess your needs and connect you with the services you require, from food and household goods to community resources.
SVdP Sonoma also operates numerous community based food programs. For a food program in your community contact the District Council of Sonoma County office at (707)584-1579 for a referral.
JOB TRAINING PROGRAM WITH WEST COUNTY COMMUNITY SERVICES
Our Job Training Program, in association with West County Community Services and the Sonoma County Department of Rehabilitation, provides an opportunity for hard to place and disabled adults to develop critical job skills while providing much needed staffing to the St. Vincent de Paul warehouse, sorting and testing facility.
IF YOU ARE SEEKING A LINK TO RESOURCES IN SONOMA COUNTY
SVDP of Sonoma has assembled a partial list of resources available in Sonoma County. You can also dial 211 for a more complete listing of links to community resources. Visit the Resources page at www.svdp-sonoma.org
Following in the tradition of Frederic Ozanam, founder of the international Society of St. Vincent de Paul, we provide assistance to all people in need, regardless of creed, race, status or origin.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides a critical safety net of caring services to bridge the gap for those that are temporarily suffering financial hardship and strives to pave a road of independence for families who have been afflicted for generations.
SVdP’s services and volunteer network have grown to directly impact the lives of over 150,000 low-income and homeless people in Sonoma County each year. Additionally, daily surplus food is distributed indirectly to hundreds of limited-income Sonoma county residents by local Conferences.