St. Vincent de Paul Society Sacramento Council
In the spirit of love and justice, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Sacramento Diocesan Council provides help to our neighbors in need through person-to-person service. Our organization, through a network of charity, provides help to those who live in poverty and struggle to make ends meet. No charity is foreign to the Society. #HelpUsHelpOthers
The Home Visit is the cornerstone of our organization. This personal contact with the poor, suffering, lonely and neglected in their homes is the distinctive character of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Our home visits promote friendship with those we serve and enable our teams of volunteers to more fully understand the suffering of those we visit and to best assess their needs. We provide assistance to all persons requesting aid and no person is refused assistance based on ethnicity, cultural. origin, or religious affiliation. The aid we provide most often consists of direct financial assistance for rent, utilities, transportation, clothing, food, mattresses, frames and furniture as well as consultation, referral and intervention services. The Society conducts its work while maintaining confidentiality and dignity of those served.
People Served 232,103
Expenditure in Service for the Poor $1,953,468
Estimated Value:Service Hours $4,281,860
In Kind Value:Professional Services $257,941
In Kind Value:Food, Clothing & Furniture $4,240,954
Our Thrift Store has many and varied items including high quality furniture, clothing, household goods, books, pictures and antiques. We accept donations of gently used goods which we provide to those in need through our Home Visitation and Ozanam Resouce Centers programs. We also sell donated items and use those funds to help the poor through other programs, such as our Mattress program. Also, the Thrift Store operates as an employment and job skills training opportunity in our community and provides an opportunity for community service. Our Thrift Store, located at 2775 Watt Avenue, Sacramento CA, has been a stable anchor in that community for over 9 years.
The SVdP Thrift Store is often seen as the symbol of our network of charitable operations. The Thrift Store supports our Home Visitation programs, offers quality goods at affordable prices, provides employment and service opportunities, houses our Resource Center, and, through its earnings, supports the Sacramento Council's programs.
The SVdP Sacramento Council, through its Thrift Store, has operated a furniture and housewares distribution program for many years. In 2016, the Council formally recognized this function as the "De Marillac Moves Program," named after one of our Vincentian models of charity, St. Louise De Marillac. The "De Marillac Moves Program" provides furniture, clothing, bedding, pots and pans and other housewares to those in immediate need: For example, those living in transition housing, those recently homeless, and refugees.
This program serves families in immediate need to get essential furniture and housewares, at low or no cost. This program supports and supplements our Home Visitation program. Families and individuals in need are helped every week.
The Ozanam Resource Center (Center) is located in our Thrift Store at 2275 Watt Avenue in Sacramento. The Center provides information referral and education about available social services to individuals and serves as an expert resource to support our network of conferences. Staffed with a volunteer Resource Coordinator, the Center also helps to coordinate responses to emergency requests for help.
This program each week coordinates help requests throughout the SVdP Sacramento Council area of service. Individual walk in requests have also been helped with services and resources. We also offer referral services over the telephone as a link to local and county services..
The Young Vincentian Alliance (YVA) encourages growth of the Society and its mission through service to those in need. There are service activities for the Youth program (grades K-12) and the young adult program (ages 18-35). Under the auspices of the SVdP Sacramento Council, the youth and young adult participants work with our established conferences as well as other service groups, such as the Red Cross and Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services,
The Young Adults group participates in feeding the hungry programs, conference service projects, coordinates a toiletries and baby goods collection, and hosts the SVdP Sacramento Council participation in the Walk for the Poor (charity event) each September.
The Society St. Vincent de Paul's Disaster Services Division (DSD) responds to disasters such as floods, wildfires, tornadoes and other events throughout the United States and locally in northern California. The DSD trains Regional Response Teams as well as individual Vincentians to compassionately serve victims of disasters. Your contribution will help to change lives, rebuild homes, provide shelter and emergency daily-living supplies and most importantly, restore hope to those in need!
The Sacramento Disaster Relief team has provided support in the Berryessa, Butte, and Trinity Fires in 2014 - 2016. It also assisted during the Oroville Dam Spillover earlier in 2017 by linking with local conferences to provide temporary shelter and supplies from those who were unable to stay in the homes.