The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Roseville was founded in August of 1983. We originally started as a small thrift store and office that provided free furniture and financial help towards rent and utilities for Roseville residents. By December of 1983, we had opened our Dining Room, and in January of 1984, we started our Food Locker in a 10x10 foot room.
Since that time, Saint Vincent de Paul of Roseville has created several additional programs and services. With the help of a grant from the City of Roseville, our BAGS program began in 2001, allowing us to deliver groceries to home-bound seniors and disabled individuals. With the expansion of our services and programs, we needed more space and moved to our current office/warehouse on Giuseppe Court in 2006.
In 2018, St. Vincent de Paul, Roseville, Advocates for Mentally Ill Housing (AMIH), and Kids First, in a collaborative effort, began receiving funding from the City of Roseville's CDBG Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing grant. This grant assists Roseville residents in need of assistance with rent and utility payments. Also, a partnership with Project Go grant is helping Placer County residents in need with deposits and monthly rent. In 2020, funding via the Emergency Food and Shelter Program and CARES Act provided a grant to assist Placer County residents with rent and utilities.
Our organization has continued to evolve since the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Food Locker remained open with numerous safety protocols in place, and we now place groceries into our client's car. Our dining room has become a take-out operation recently renamed St. Vincent To Go. We are grateful that we have been able to continue our services to those in need.
The Mission of St. Vincent de Paul, Roseville is to provide basic human services and programs to prevent hunger and homelessness:
We carry out our mission by providing services to individuals and families in the community who are unemployed, underemployed, homeless, indigent, low-income, disabled, or victims of abuse and emergencies.
Every day volunteers drive our fleet of trucks to area grocery stores to pick up the food we then distribute through the Food Locker. It is imperative that our vehicles be in good shape and reliable, otherwise our ability to pick up groceries would be endangered. We need to replace our oldest vehicles on a regular basis.
Two years ago, our Big Day of Giving Campaign raised enough money to replace one of trucks. This year our goal is to raise $40,000 to purchase a new truck!