The main programs offered by the Baton Rouge Saint Vincent de Paul charity organization are prescription assistance, food, housing, and shelter. Resources are focused on the poor, elderly, homeless, and transient in the Louisiana community. Resources are offered in the parishes of East and West Baton Rouge, Iberville, Tangipahoa, Ascension, Pointe Coupee, Livingston, East and West, St. James, St. Helena and Assumption.
One of the main places to turn to for food or meals is the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room, and this is the leading place to get hot meals in Baton Rouge Louisiana. This service relies heavily on donations and contributions from people in the community, and most of the meals served are from donated items. The center also receives surplus government commodities. People of all backgrounds can receive free meals that are made up of pork, beef, poultry, fruit, fresh vegetables, and more.
Prescription assistance is offered by the Baton Rouge St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy at 1647 Convention St. The non-profit pharmacy provides prescription drugs and medicines free of charge to those who are unable to pay for them or who lack health insurance.
The pharmacy services are offered as part of a volunteer driven program, and they have a small staff on site. Volunteer pharmacists, medical professionals, and other individuals who screen clients for eligibility are on location as well. They work together to provide referrals, stock shelves, and help people in any way they can.
Local medical and pharmaceutical communities, hospital, and generous members of the Baton Rouge parish region provide critical support for this program. St. Vincent also works closely with churches, healthcare agencies, social service non-profits, and public agencies. They also offer a service known as Meds Directed Program, which works with major pharmaceutical manufacturers’ patient assistance programs.
Short term transitional housing and case management services are offered. Homeless in the community can find a place to stay and get a meal while at the same time receiving access to other social services. Saint Vincent de Paul assistance programs include employment services, education programs, substance abuse treatment, and several other services and resources. Case managers really want to help people gain stability in their lives, and also find long term, permanent housing. The charity fully understands that every individual has different problems and often unique needs, so they work with people to address problems and find solutions.
Various case management is offered at the same time as housing. The agency provides assistance with goal setting and job searches. Material goods, clothing, and similar items can be provided, such as work boots, dental services and transportation to and from work. Even after someone gets a job, staff from Saint Vincent de Paul will work with people to ensure they save some money, and continue to support them on their way to self-sufficiency.
A Day Center is also located on site for homeless children and women, and hundreds of people normally receive help every year. Services offered include life skills educational, job training, and other programs. Another option for individuals is the Baton Rouge Bishop Ott Shelter for Women and Children. The various shelter and housing programs can be reached at (225) 383-7343, so call for additional information and locations.
The Baton Rouge St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store/Distribution Center is available in order to assist the poor and low income in the region. Stores are located at Florida Boulevard, Plank Road, Staring Lane and also on Government Street. Additional locations of stores are at New Roads, Brusly/Addis, Greenwell Springs and Hammond Louisiana.
The thrift stores provide clothing, household items, and more at bargain basement prices. In addition, any excess revenues produced from the stores are put back into the various financial assistance and emergency programs in order to assist the low income and needy. Through the St. Vincent de Paul Conferences and churches, the charity can provide appliances, clothing, bedding, furniture and household items free of charge to those in need of help.
School assistance is offered from a program known as Uniforms for Kids. This resource was created in the 1990s due to a challenge created by a mandatory uniform policy, which was implemented by the local Baton Rouge Louisiana School Board. St. Vincent de Paul works closely with various non-profits, charities such as the Salvation Army, donation drives, and other businesses such as WAFB-Channel 9. All these groups work together to support the Uniforms for Kids effort. Case managers also work with local school personnel and the Salvation Army in Louisiana in providing uniforms and free school items for needy children throughout the year.
Thousands of kids from low income families have the clothing and uniforms they need to start the school year from the Uniforms for Kids program. It will ensure they are able to attend school with proper attire, and with that can come additional confidence. Call (225) 357-8833.
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