Mission: The society offers person-to-person service to the needy and suffering. With approximately 1,400 dedicated vincentian volunteers and 80 employees, svdpli provides financial and material assistance, along with emotional and spiritual comfort to any long islander.
Programs: As part of our direct services program which helped approximately 75,000 long islanders, our stores offer furniture, clothing, and other household items to people in need, at no cost. This occurs when vincentians discover during home visits that a family doesn't have proper provisions for everyday living necessities, like a kitchen table on which to feed their children, or adequate beds to get a good night's sleep. In these cases, a furniture and/or clothing request is submitted on behalf of the family by our vincentians for the items needed. The family is then given a voucher to present to one of our stores that will be fulfilled by a helpful employee.
vincentian & community programs, including a new program for veterans helped over 125,000 long islanders. Our formation and training program benefits vincentians as it delves into the history and spirituality of the society, and in-depth home visit training. Our family assistance program offers families and veterans in crisis temporary financial aid needed to get back on their feet. The uplift program looks at the underlying root causes of poverty and works one on one with families to elevate them into self-sufficient living. A creative alternative to temporary assistance, uplift empowers people to help themselves by giving them the long-term support to be independent.
dismas house and anthony house are departures from traditional institutional settings and are safe, protected, and supportive environments that are structured to address the needs of this challenging, yet deserving population. Through on-site and outsourced rehabilitation, including spiritual guidance, our displaced residents develop the skills required to achieve independence. The circumstances of their homelessness vary, but all are given the tools and guidance necessary to support themselves and become productive members of the community. Our transitional housing program helped over 200 people in need.