Low income families in Fayette County Pennsylvania can explore assistance programs that are offered by St. Vincent de Paul and its partner churches. Many basic needs are attempted to be addressed by the charity organization, including food, clothing, referrals, and maybe even limited financial assistance for bills such as utilities. Any type of services and aid will be provided to those who need help without regard to their national origin, race, color, religion, disabilities, family status, or gender.
If you are struggling and/or need help, then Vincentians, who are really volunteers from the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, will meet with you. If you need assistance in satisfying the basic needs of clothing, food, medications and more, then the Society will do its best to provide immediate assistance. They may be able to offer this directly to families or in partnership with other local non-profits and/or government agencies. They will also try to determine the full extent of what is needed of those who are struggling.
If St. Vincent can’t meet the needs on their own, then they also have a number of partnerships with other organizations in the region. These they have developed over time among the business community, churches and aid organizations in Fayette County. For example, there are times in which St Vincent de Paul partners with other human service providers, churches and social service agencies in an effort to fill the gap in resources that one agency might not have in meeting the family’s needs.
An appointment is almost always required in order to receive any form of assistance. Some of what may be offered includes utilities, food, groceries, and more. The financial aid available for certain needs, like heating or energy bills, is very limited as the demand is high and the funding is low. In almost all cases assistance is offered on a first come, first served basis to those who meet qualifications. Once funding is used up then no additional clients can be supported.
A thrift store is operated as well. This will sell gently used goods to the general public, such as clothing, gently used furniture and other household goods. Money raised from the store will be used to pay for many of the financial assistance programs and resources that are administered. The Fayette County St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store is located at 70 N. Mt. Vernon Ave Uniontown, PA 15401. Assistance can be applied for at that location too. Phone number is (724) 439-9188.
A soup kitchen and food pantry service is available a few days per week. Volunteers from across Fayette County will assist in both preparing and serving meals to the needy, low income and homeless. Food and groceries can also be passed out for free to the needy and seniors in the region. Volunteers take a lead in this particular activity and donations are heavily relied upon as well. If you can either donate goods to the charity, or volunteer to help the needy, then please do so.
Another more unique program for this area is the Society of Vincent de Paul‘s Computer Services. This particular program will provide for the repairs of computers for the general public. Individuals and businesses from Fayette County Pennsylvania can decide to donate the machines. The computer will be cleared of data and refurbished. It will then be loaned out to low-income individuals, the disabled, working poor families or low income students.
The main St. Vincent location is at 70 N. Mt. Vernon Ave, Uniontown, Pennsylvania 15401. To learn more about these or other services, call 724-439-1780.
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