Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County

Rating: 4.5 stars   22 reviews


Location: 9235 San Leandro Street Oakland CA 94603 USA

Mission: The mission of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County (SVdP) is to provide direct help to anyone in need in Alameda County.
Results: Last year, SVdP served more than 150,000 people throughout Alameda County. Our Dining Room in downtown Oakland continues to serve nearly 800 hot lunches daily to the hungry and the homeless. Continuing to build pathways out of poverty, our job-training programs has a graduation rate of over 70% and is designed to help trainees move forward in life.
Geographic areas served: Alameda County
Programs: SVdP operates the Dining Room and Community Center in downtown Oakland. The Dining Room provides up to 800 free meals per day, five days a week. The Community Center provides: two drop-in centers for men, women and children; two job-training programs (Kitchen of Champions culinary training program and Champion Workforce transitional employment program); the Help Desk; Clothing Closet; Homeless & Caring Court; medical clinics; and other referrals and basic services. To generate income for the programs, SVdP operates social enterprises: three thrift stores (East Oakland, Fremont and Livermore), the Redux Studios & Gallery in Alameda, and WasteNot electronics recycling. Not only does social enterprises generate revenue, but it provides job opportunities for our transional employment program. SVdP also has a large network for grassroots volunteers throughout Alameda County called "Vincentians." These 800 volunteers provide one-on-one support to those in need in their communities.
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Rating: 4 stars  

As a volunteer at the soup kitchen, I have been pleased at the level of respect to the clients that are served. There is a very strong emphasis on compassion, respect, and recognizing the worth of each individual. I do find that the organization of volunteers is very haphazard: too many people versus not enough, reliability of who will be there and how to notify management if not coming, what jobs people are assigned to and what that job entails. But that aside, it manages to work out fine and the paid staff seem to be both competent and approachable.

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For volunteers in dining room: make it easier to have a set schedule, to change it, and to notify mgmt when not coming. Have volunteer tasks clearly defined so that a new person can step in easily. Have a go-to person for questions, issues. Have a way to immediately notify a security person when a situation looks problematic.

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Thank you so much for your honest review and kind words about our organization! It is so valuable to hear about your experience and to share it with others. We do have folks available to help volunteers who have questions about their tasks and scheduling, I'm sorry that hasn't been your experience thus far! You can always email or call 510.877.9237 to add or cancel a shift. We will try to make this info more available - keep the comments coming! And thank you sincerely for your service.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a supporter of St. Vincent de Paul Society in Oakland for decades. I have followed their work in supporting the folks on the margins of society in my city, and I am very impressed with the work they do in feeding the hungry, helping those in need of shelter and clothing, assisting those who need jobs, and helping the elderly in our city. St. Vincent de Paul is a vital organization, especially in these difficult economic times. I hope their support increases.

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I have not personally needed St. Vincent de Paul's services, but I have followed their activities and successes in their newsletters and bulletins.

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...provide more funding and workers for them.

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Thank you for your ongoing support of SVdP Alameda, and for this great review! We are so glad that your experience has been, and continues to be, positive. Thanks for helping us help others!

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