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Mission: St. Vincent de Paul Georgia provides financial, material, educational, and spiritual support to those in need regardless of background or faith and collaborates with other organizations to empower people to achieve self-sufficiency.

Target demographics: Individuals and families in North and Middle Georgia

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 200,000 annually

Geographic areas served: Georgia

Programs: Monetary assistance: emergency assistance - conferences provide financial assistance to people facing eviction, hunger, threat of disconnection of utilities, and other emergency needs. Through these programs svdp georgia provided 6,974,720 in assistance to people in north and central georgia with the help of 3,463 volunteers.

nonmonetary assistance: food pantries: svdp operated 38 food pantries in the atlanta area - svdp helped 9,312 people. The pantries are operated like a grocery store and are culturally sensitive in that clients choose items based on their families' customs. Volunteer income tax assistance - prepared 332 tax returns with the help of 11 volunteers. The vehicle donation program - accepts donated vehicles from the community at large. Cars that are in acceptable condition are given to clients in desperate need of transportation. Svdp georgia provided 19 families with cars. Thrift stores - svdp operates 10 thrift stores in the atlanta area, where clients may redeem vouchers for free clothing, furniture and household goods. With the help of 594 volunteers, 3,467 people were provided with goods worth 53,572. The proceeds from the stores are used to help families with financial assistance.

nonmonetary assistance: currently, svdp services 40 kroger stores and distributes to 30 svdp food pantries in middle and north georgia. This partnership distributes 30,000 + pounds of perishable food each month to thousands of people in need.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

In the lost of my first child, I receive assistance from the Franciscan Diocese who aided in the burial and plot of my precious angel. I could not have been more gracious.

Donor

Rating: 1

The St. Vincent De Paul Georgia web page claims the following: "Conferences receive requests from clients. Trained home visitors, commonly called Vincentians, conduct face-to-face meetings generally in the client’s residence to understand the clients’ circumstances first-hand and determine the appropriate assistance. The Society provides financial assistance for a range of needs including:

Medical/dental/prescriptions
Rent and housing
Utilities
Food"
This is a partial range of their claimed services.

Recently, one of our adult children, at our urging, called these people at their phone number. All the St Vincent person did was refer our child to the local parish St Vincent. All that local person could do was put my child on a list to assist sometime in the future. There was no "Trained home visitors", no interviews, nothing of that claimed as assistance or interviews.

We have been a donor in the past years to this group as well as to our parish St Vincent. We will no loner donate to this group since they don't do what they claim on their web page.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privelege of volunteering with a program that Saint Vincent de Paul conducts in the summertime, in conjunction with Kraft Foods, that focuses on teaching healthy, cost effective eating and lifestyle habits to underpriveleged children aged 8-13 years old. For most of these kids, the meals they were given at the program were the most substantial meals they would be able to eat, if not the only meals. With childhood obesity at an all-time high, the progressive attitude of Saint Vincent de Paul and their efforts to jump start healthy lifestyle choices for these children is imperative to securing a vibrant future for the younger generation. Staff members at Saint Vincent de Paul took the time to make the meals themselves at home, making enough for twenty children and transported them, as well. St. Vincent de Paul's unwavering commitment to bettering the community is unmatched, from camps, well providing discounted business- professional clothing to help people find jobs and get back on their feet, emergency bags with food when families find themselves in a crisis, and so much more. This organization receives nothing but my highest respect and praise.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is truly amazing to see all of the great work that St. Vincent de Paul of Atlanta does. Every time I am in their support center and see the people that are getting the needed help it is inspiring. Everyone that works in the organization has a common goal and works together to achieve their goals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with St. Vincent DePaul for almost 10 years and am constantly impressed with the level of service they deliver to the communities they serve. Most importantly, they constantly strive to lower operating costs to ensure every dollar they bring in gets its highest value when redeployed back into the community. Keep up the great work!

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have worked with St. Vincent de Paul of Atlanta helping to strengthen their advocacy and government outreach abilities. In my short time with them I quickly became impressed by the sheer drive and devotion the origination has for its mission. Moreover the staff are highly competent and dedicated to having their nonprofit meet the needs of their clients in a manner than is both efficient and effective.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For more than 100 years in north and middle Georgia, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's thousands of volunteers have met people in need where they are, in their homes, at local restaurants, at their local churches, to conduct individual needs assessments in order to customize poverty relief services which address immediate needs and teach ways to improve their capacity to become self-sufficient.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are only 1 of 3 agencies in our entire county that provides direct aid to our community. We have affected in a positive way over thousands of families in the last 4 years by buying meds., feeding, paying utilities, rent, mortgages, car ins., and sometimes, just being there to listen to their stories. It a great blessing to be able to serve our community in such a way.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We help to feed, clothe and shelter people in our community who have nowhere else to turn. We visit them in their homes and try to bring comfort as well as financial and food assistance.