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Society Of St. Vincent De Paul Archdiocese Of Galveston-Houston

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Coronavirus Relief Food Banks, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Homeless & Housing, Housing & Shelter, Human Services, Humanities, Thrift Shops

Mission: Inspired by Gospel values, we grow spiritually through person to person service to all in need in our community. Our actions promote the dignity of the person, alleviate suffering and distress, while addressing the conditions that cause them through systemic change.

Target demographics: families, seniors, veterans, and anyone else in need.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 85,000 individuals with direct aid totaling $15.4 million! We distributed $10 million in food assistance; helped 13,800 families with rent and utilities totaling $5 million in financial assistance and $250,000 in miscellaneous financial assistance.

Geographic areas served: the Greater Galveston-Houston area

Programs: 1. Food Network: made up of more 23 food pantries and a central distribution center. We provide fresh produce, including fruits, vegetables, legumes, and other nutritious food items. In 2020, the Society provided $10 million in food assistance! 2. Clothing and Furniture Vouchers: we provide a voucher for individuals to visit one of our two resale shops and pick up clothes and/or furniture. The clothing voucher gives our friends credit for five full outfits, including undergarments and shoes. The furniture voucher provides our friends with credit for new mattresses, gently used dining tables, or gently used couches. In 2020, the Society provided $232,000 in clothing and furniture assistance. 3. Financial Assistance: The Society has a unique program called the Home Visit. This program gives our volunteers the opportunity to visit, virtually or in person, with a family or individual in need of financial assistance - rent, utilities, medication, tuition fees, school books, etc. In 2020, the Society provided $5 million in rent and utility assistance and $250,000 in other needs (tuition, medical, funeral, etc.). 4. Resale Shops: the shops are not a program, but do work directly with the Society's Clothing & Furniture Voucher program. Our resale shops accept in-kind donations and volunteers sort through the items to select items in good condition and recycle the rest. Friends who have been issued clothing or furniture vouchers can show up to one of our resale shops and "shop" for their items. They use the vouchers to pay.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer & Spiritual Director gor the St. Thomas the Apostle SVDP Conference in Huntsville, TX.
We receive our guidance from the SVDP OFFICE at the Diocese of Galveston-Houston. Their monthly e-Gazette tells us when Training Classes will be held & at this time/year, they are offered onZOOM. It keeps us up-to-date on What’s Happening with SVDP nationally. They offer us the opportunity to add member’s names for prayers by the Vincentians. It is there for us & others to give us advice when asked for & any updates. They’re office will give you ALL the wonderful charitable cases & events they do for the poor. This may not be what you are looking for but here it is.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been associated with SVDP for 33 years. I run the soup kitchen on Weds. for the people of Conroe. We serve a hot lunch every Weds. Donations for food and supplies are donated by SVDP. The operation here is outstanding. They are thoughtful, understanding and giving. They are the best.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working through 60 Conferences (chapters) in a 10 County area (including Harris County and Houston, the 4th largest city in the United States), the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Galveston-Houston has done an amazing job in serving those in need throughout this large area by providing assistance with food, rent, utilities, medicines and other necessities. During the pandemic, they were chosen by the city of Houston and Harris County to distribute funds to those impacted by COVID-19 because of the Society's strong reputation of being able to quickly and efficiently get funds into the hands of the people who needed it the most.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved in many nonprofit organizations but the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has had my heart for many years so much that two of my children have also become active. The direct interactions with the families needing assistance have given me a much better understanding of the struggles many face and the reality of what it is like to be poor. Those helped are so grateful for the assistance even if it is a referral, a shoulder to cry on, or an ear to understand their situation; but it is me that is most grateful for the opportunity to help and answer their prayer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I actually work as an on-call volunteer at the Sts. Simon and Jude conference of St. Vincent De Paul. As we have no paid workers, all of our funds go to the people in need. Our volunteers are caring and thoughtful and look forward to our weekly on-call experience each month. The pandemic caused us to change our procedures to minimize our exposure to our clients but we quickly established new ways for helping out the needy. We also have a healthy Pantry, totally funded by the food contributions from our generous parish. When we cannot directly help a client financially, we have a comprehensive list of referral organizations and services that are dedicated to specific areas of need. We have a vibrant annual Thanksgiving Dinner program and from time to time support an Easter program, as well. I have to say that I have truly enjoyed my past five years with St. Vincent De Paul!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a member of Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church, I have been a volunteer for almost 4 years
Our Monday group has been busy helping
many families in our community. During the pandemic, we worked from home

The need has been growing as families dealt with COVID and lost jobs.
Many lost family members.

It has been a humbling experience helping families in need.

SVDP is strong and always willing to serve those in need

In Christ
Josephine Castillo

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel very privileged to help at St Martha’s Vincent de Paul office . I often share the feeling of relief from a friend in need when we are able to completely cover or assist in their financial need. When I say ,”God bless you”, it is from the heart. I am blessed to be able to participate!

Oliver M.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful people who are wonderful to work with! I’ve made many donations over the years and unlike other nonprofits, they are pleased with any donations and if they pick them up, they arrive when they say they’re going to arrive. It’s been a pleasure working with each and every person!

Donor

Rating: 5

SVdP helps the truly needy, in a way that preserves dignity and does it in a very cost-efficient manner. Well run and understands how to best work within each community they serve.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization! A elderly friend of mine was having some financial problems and could barely afford food. She called the Society and they were able to immediately help her. Thank you for being the love of God!

Marilyn A.3

Donor

Rating: 5

St Vincent De Paul is so easy and so rewarding to work with. One can donate to this most worthwhile charity in different ways that include sharing one's time, one's talents and/or one's treasure via donations of money and/or tangible items needed by the less fortunate in our society. The work SVDP does is totally consistent with Christian values that promote, "Love God, love your neighbor." I wholeheartedly recommend participation in the holy work of love that SVDP actively engages in.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered for over 15 years with our local Conference. We have a wonderful caring group of volunteers and such a beautiful community of friends in need that it is our privilege to help with food, clothes & financial assistance