At the heart of St. Vincent de Paul service is the “home visit,” where volunteers visit neighbors in their homes. Neighborhood group volunteers make thousands of these in-home person-to-person visits annually. These visits help determine the exact nature and detail of help required. Home visits are effective because they give us a true and more accurate assessment of the needs of the individuals and the family. People who need help often don’t have to take time off from work, arrange for child care, or find transportation. Our 50 plus Conferences assisted approximately 85,000 people in 2013.
Heart and Soul of St. Vincent de Paul: Our Volunteers
Our neighborhood “Vincentians” are the heart and soul of our organization. St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle|King County has more than 50 neighborhood-based groups with over 1,200 volunteers travelling two-by-two to provide neighbor to neighbor assistance while also enriching their own lives. St. Vincent de Paul helps people avoid eviction by providing rent and utility assistance. We also help with vouchers for gasoline, food, and other basic supplies and discuss resource referrals which might help a family solve a problem or resolve a serious need. This direct assistance is funded by a combination of donations, grants, funds raised by our Conference Parishes, and our thrift store revenues.
Helping People Restore Self-Sufficiency
We build upon successful collaborative relationships with other non-profits, through established and trusting relationships. Our case management team, office staff, and volunteers coordinate various agency activities so as to complement each other and deliver a total support package whenever possible.