St. Vincent de Paul Society Sacramento Council
In the spirit of love and justice, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Sacramento Council, through its districts and conferences throughout the Diocese of Sacramento, provides person-to-person services of time, talent, and resources to help our neighbors in need. Our organization provides direct assistance to the community's most vulnerable residents-those who live in poverty and those who are struggling 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, books, pictures and antiques. We accept donations of gently used goods which we use to provide to those in need or sell and use the funds to help the poor. Many items of clothing are given away to those who can't afford to purchase them through our associate programs such as the Ozanam Resource Center and De Marillac Moves Program. A secondary goal of the store is to provide a profit to help finance our other programs. It is located at 2775 Watt Avenue, Sacramento CA.
The thrift store has been a part of our Society for 8 years. The store has helped and been the cornerstone of assisting the programs of the Society during this time.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Sacramento, for many years has been running an informal furniture and housewares program. In 2016, the council established The "De Marillac Moves Program" based on one of our Vincentian patrons, Saint Louise De Marillac. The establishment of the "De Marillac Moves Program" focuses on getting small furniture, clothing, bedding, pots and pans and other wares to those who are living in transitional housing, move from homeless into new homes, and even refugees who have been displaced and coming to the Sacramento and nearby rural areas.
This ongoing program allows families to get the essential furniture and housewares, at a low to no cost for those who are in transitional housing, refugee resettlement, and/or relocation needs.This program also supports our current Mattress Program and Voucher Program. Allowing the Society to meet the needs in an organized and formalized process.
Through its Thrift Store operation at 2275 Watt Avenue in Sacramento, the Council informally provides community resource information and assistance on an appointment basis. The proposed resource center, also known as ORC; to be located on Store premises, is a one-stop physical location to house, organize, and improve the existing outreach and education. Our Society's founder, was a huge believer of not only giving people the charity they needed when they were in a tough situation, but at the same time finding ways to help the poor safely get out of poverty.
The program offers on-site community resource information (via paper and internet) linking those in need with appropriate information about local agency and government services and telephone advice. Volunteer staff will serve as resource mentors to provide information counseling and referral. A longer-term program to be developed through the ORC is an outreach program. The outreach program is developed to work in the same vein as our Home Visit Program, where we assess the needs of the clients and assist them with the referrals going to them, and not having them come into the ORC if they are unable to.
This program has received a generous grant from Sutter Health and technology donated from the Rural Community Assistance Corporation and we have opened up the program to the general public on an appointment basis providing in-house services. We also offer referral services over the telephone as a link to local and county services as needed.
The Young Vincentian Alliance or YVA in short, was a program established in 2016 to encourage growth of the society through service. The Youth program is for grades K-12 and the young adult program is for ages 18-35. Volunteers need not be a part of any religious or organizational affiliation to take part in activities. Through working with our established conferences in the Sacramento area as well as other service groups such as the Red Cross and Sacramento Food and Family Services, they provide mentoring, friendship, servant leadership, and service to the poor on a daily basis.
The YVA is currently working to grow the Ozanam Resource Center, has established a toiletries and baby goods collection for those who cannot afford those goods, and facilitates the Annual Friends Walk For The Poor which focuses on highlighting the plight of the poor in our local communities and promoting positive social justice avenues for those who are in need.
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 the greater Sacramento Area. The DSD trains Regional Response Teams as well as individual Vincentians to compassionately serve victims of disasters. It is the person-to-person, holistic case management that distinguishes SVdP from other organizations' approach to relief and recovery - reaching out to each individual to determine his or her needs and then working closely with them to meet those needs. 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.