Mission: To promote and perform works of charity through personal service.
Programs: The charitable works office:1. Served 18,610 sack lunches; distributed 1,026 food vouchers for food boxes. 2. Provided thrift store gift cards to 1,026 households;3. Assisted 207 people with rent;4. Assisted 5 individuals with adult education classes;5. Helped 238 people with utility assistance, including electric, gas, water, and propane;6. Distributed 580 bus tokens;7. Helped 142 people with in and out of town transportation;8. Provided 373 people with furniture and 306 with household goods;9. Provided 218 families with holiday gifts and toys;10. Provided 14 people with assistance obtaining birth certificates and other forms of identifications;11. Assisted 1,043 households with laundry services;12. Provided 109 individuals with access to a job service representative; andthe representative payee program:1. Managed funds for 112 payees;2. Wrote over 7,500 checks;3. Reconciled 98 bank statements each month;4. Submitted 112 annual reports;5. Reviewed and submitted 28 social security administration disability reviews;6. Completed 2 nursing home reviews;7. Submitted 1 montana state hospital applications;8. Completed 28 medicaid reviews;9. Submitted 5 medicaid applications; 10. Completed 30 food stamp applications;11. Reviewed 8 housing authority of billings applications;12. Completed 4 lieap applications;13. Completed 2 ymca applications;14. Provided 9 financial statements for others to subsidize housing; and15. Located an apartment for 8 payees
thrift - the program operates two thrift stores where donated clothing and household items are distributed free of charge or at nominal costs.
I have known the people at St. Vincent de Paul in Billings for seven years now. I have always known them to be caring and welcoming to all who come to them in need. They provide many types of assistance including food, rent and utility assistance, and representative payee services. They work with all kinds of people, from families and individuals who lose jobs and need to reach out for assistance, to men and women who are chronically homeless due to mental illness. They folks at SVDP have extraordinary patience and compassion and are known in Billings as the place to go when no one else, even other community service agencies, can help. St. Vincent de Paul also does a tremendous amount of work with very limited resources. I once asked an accountant I know who specializes in auditing nonprofits to look over SVDP's public financial statements, and he said that he has only seen a few organizations that produce as much "bang for the buck" as SVDP does. They operate a thrift store which covers all overhead for the charity office which means that 100% of all donations are distributed directly to those in need. I have given much time and money to St. Vincent de Paul over the years, always with complete confidence that it is being put to good use.