St. Vincent de Paul Helpline assists people who need help. Please note this form is for new Help Requests only. We have it in both English and Spanish below. If you have already called the Helpline and have a request that is pending, please follow-up with our Helpline Call Center at (206) 767-6449, M-F, 8am-3pm.
Josh Kerns of KIRO FM Radio 97.3 recently interviewed St. Vincent de Paul Executive Director Ned Delmore and John McDermott, President of St. Catherine Conference to learn more about the work we do as Vincentians to prevent homelessness. The interview is about six minutes. This is a good interview. We hope you enjoy it. Click on the arrow button below to start the interview.
Memorial Day is one of our biggest 50% Off sales days of the year. We have lots of new donations and items still left from our fabulous Fashion Brand Event. Everything is 50% off except beds, bed frames, new linens, and purple tags. The donations are pouring in and we have more furniture and housewares than we have had in some time. The donations are pouring in and we have more furniture and housewares than we have had for several months. When you shop with St. Vincent de Paul, you help us fund our programs to help people. Our locations:
Sale Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Seattle – 13555 Aurora Ave. N. 206.364.8495
Burien – 13445 1st Ave. S. 206.243.6370
Kenmore – 7304 NE Bothell Way 425.483.9497
Kent – 310 N. Central 253.277.0211
Renton – 575 Rainier Ave. No. 425.226.9426
The Best Antidote to Reducing Homelessness
Is Preventing People from Becoming Homeless.
St. Vincent de Paul joins the community to listen, engage,
and build relationships that assist and advocate for individuals
and families to meet basic needs and achieve stability and self-sufficiency. We inherited a set of values, convictions, and ideals from our founders. They taught us a radical love that honors and protects human dignity as a birthright for all of our neighbors. You have to stick with love. It is the only answer.
Keeping families and individuals in their homes and preventing eviction is one of the primary functions performed by St. Vincent de Paul. We have been doing this work in Seattle for 97 years. Founded in France in 1833, we are now serving people in 150 countries.
Our essential work in King County revolves around 800 volunteers who work in over 50 local neighborhood volunteer groups, listening and helping our neighbors in need. Our Helpline Call Center manages over 40,000 calls per year from neighbors seeking assistance. Many of these calls are desperate families and young mothers seeking help to pay rent or utilities. (Callers are often referred to other agencies for services and may not result in home visits).
We want you to meet Leah and her son Rylan, who were homeless for two years. Because of generous financial support from donors, we were able to support this young family in their journey to find stability. Leah now has employment and, just recently, she found housing with assistance from St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle|King County. This short video gives you a unique and special insight into their lives. Watch her video.
Last year in King County, we responded to over 120,000 requests for aid, through home visits, case management, the Georgetown Food Bank and other related programs. Out of all the requests, we assisted in keeping over 4,000 families in their homes and off the streets.
St. Vincent volunteers go out in pairs and conduct over 12,000 home visits annually. We see, listen and respond to the needs of our neighbors. Our home visit work gives us a true and accurate picture of struggling families here in Seattle and King County. St. Vincent is often able to assist neighbors to get ahead of eviction by helping to pay that extra rent of $300 or $400 dollars for the thousands of people teetering on the edge of homelessness.
According to numerous research reports fighting homelessness by preventing evictions can save taxpayers as much as $50,000 per year per person.
Ned Delmore, Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul, made a powerful observation at the 2017 Blue Dress Breakfast on May 10 after presenting Leah’s Story to 350 donors attending the breakfast.
He said, “St. Vincent de Paul believes that the best antidote to reducing homelessness
is preventing people from becoming homeless.”
When SVdP is called, we show up on the front lines in neighborhoods all over King County. St. Vincent de Paul works with other agencies for single mothers and our senior citizens who cannot stretch their limited dollars and need to pay the overdue electrical bill while worrying about the threat of eviction. It can stem from insufficient income, unexpected health diagnosis, job loss, an injury, a mental disorder and more. All of these situations can and do hasten the inevitability of homelessness. Poverty has no boundaries.
Our Fourth Annual Blue Dress Breakfast was held on May 3, 2017. Our generous donors gave over $310,000 to this event, which focused on preventing homelessness. The hour-long breakfast event included a lively and energetic fashion show that showcased clothing available at our stores. The models were students volunteering from Holy Names Academy, St. Joseph Seattle and O’Dea High School in Seattle. Staff from our thrift stores also volunteered in the fashion show.
We also featured an inspiring and heartfelt video presentation about a young mother, Leah, and her son Rylan. They had been homeless for several years and, thanks to our generous donors, are now in a stable housing situation.
Leah’s Story Video
Our Executive Director, Ned Delmore, summed up our campaign for the event like this:
“St. Vincent de Paul believes that the best antidote to reducing homelessness is preventing people from becoming homeless.” (read his breakfast remarks here)
Every year, our 800 St. Vincent volunteers in 50 neighborhoods in King County are able to help someone on the verge of eviction by donating that extra $300 or $400 needed to pay rent. This support keeps thousands of families and individuals from ending up in a shelter or on the streets.
Last year we helped over 4,000 people avoid becoming homeless. According to research, the cost to taxpayers can be as much as $50,000 or more a year when someone is living on the streets. What is more cost effective? And more importantly, what is more humane?
We encourage you to watch the video and share it with family, friends, business colleagues and community connections.
By donating to St. Vincent de Paul, you can directly help people with rental assistance and other critical needs, keeping them in housing and off the streets. We are hopeful you will consider making this very special gift to support our unique effort in preventing homelessness.
Thank you for supporting your neighbors and the work of St. Vincent de Paul!
If you prefer to write and mail a check, please make it payable to:
Blue Dress Breakfast
St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle | King County
5950 4th Ave South
Seattle, WA 98108