Programs from the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul will try to help the low income in Clermont County and other regions meet their basic needs. The exact type and amount of resources provided will vary. Examples of what may be offered to the less fortunate includes clothing, free food from a pantry, or emergency utility bill and rental assistance.
Any type of aid offered in the area is limited, and will come with conditions as well. Case managers oversee all requests individually. The objective is to help clients become self-sufficient over the mid to long term.
During the cold winter months, the demand for heating bill assistance in communities such as Clermont and Brown County Ohio is very high. The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul tries to meet this need, either by offering direct financial aid or referrals. They do their best to make funds available to ensure low income families and senior citizens don't lose their electric or heat service. If someone does have their heat disconnected during the winter, especially homes with children or seniors, this can put the household at risk of a sometimes serious medical condition. Clients may be referred by agencies or self-referred to the Saint Vincent de Paul
Additional emergency assistance may be available as funding allows. This can include.
Free food or groceries. A pantry will help people in the community and the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul works to prevent hunger. Perishable or canned items may be passed out.
Thrift stores and clothing closets in Clermont County Ohio may distribute clothing vouchers, gently used furniture, school items, and Christmas gifts and supplies. Some St. Vincent items are free and others may be sold at a minimal cost.
Other basic needs may be Bus Tokens for a job interview, support services for housing and employment, and also referrals for other needs, such as photo IDs and birth certificates. Or contact a center for more information on what may be available.
Housing and shelter is a critical human need. Unfortunately many people struggle to pay their rent or have difficulty in locating a place to live that is safe and affordable. The SVdP offers housing assistance programs that may be able to meet both an individuals or families need. It ranges from emergency rental assistance to shelter and longer term solutions.
The focus is shifting the clients from receiving temporary measures (such as shelter) to more permanent solutions (transitional housing) that increase the likelihood of success. So participants from Clermont and Clinton County can also get help in finding a job and increasing their income. Case managers also help them with increasing the life skills of the client.
Emergency shelter and transitional housing can provide temporary housing for those that were evicted or are homeless. They can also help people stay warm during the winter. Many single women and their minor children use these centers. The Society of Saint Vincent will provide families with a stable, safe and clean environment. Clients can also get free hot meals and case management services as well. Additional assistance may include employment opportunities in Clermont County or training programs, life skills and money management.
Holiday resources are always in high demand. They range from Angel Trees to Adopt-a-Family or Senior. Local Brown, Clermont and Clinton families can benefit. The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul also works with dozens of local agencies, charities and schools to help as many people, families, and children as possible. Families and seniors that participate in the Christmas programs are paired with kind-heated sponsors. They will purchase gifts, clothing and toys and also drop them off for distribution.
Meals and Holiday Gift Baskets are offered at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Hundreds of free gift baskets are distributed to individuals and families that might not otherwise have a great meal for a holiday. Many seniors and unemployed people benefit from this short term assistance. Please do donate any canned goods or volunteer time to serve meals and to help the less fortunate.
For more information on these, or other services, referrals can be obtained from 513-721-7900.
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