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.
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.