Find how to get help from the Belknap County New Hampshire St. Vincent de Paul. The charity organization and its partner churches offer food, clothing, financial assistance, and also operate a thrift store. A number of resources are offered for the working poor and low income in the region, including in Laconia.
The thrift store that is located on site will sell to the general public a number of items. This can include new or gently used clothing, furniture, appliances, and other household items. What is for sale really depends on what has been donated from the community. All of the items at the thrift store are donated by local families, individuals and even businesses.
The objective of this particular thrift store is to provide people from the community with goods at the most affordable prices to those who otherwise cannot afford to pay full price. Proceeds from sales of the clothing and other goods are used to pay for other Society and church assistance programs.
Another highly used program is the Food Pantry. Depending on the availability of resources, the center may have free food and groceries that is equivalent to approximately 21 meals per household member. The food that is passed out to the needy is acquired from local food drives, donations and contributions from the Department of Agriculture, local fund raisers and some of it may even be purchased from local grocery stores. Hundreds of Thanksgiving and Christmas meals are served as well. Please donate to the pantry if you can.
The Children's Foundation is a more unique type service offered by the Belknap County St. Vincent de Paul Society. It can provide various forms of assistance and guidance to help people meet their day-to-day needs. Volunteers and staff work closely with the guidance counselors, school nurses and local daycare centers. The St. Vincent Children's Foundation receives requests from school and individuals and then provides the needed item, if it is available. Some of the requests are for sneakers, baseball gloves, diapers, daycare book scholarships, head lice shampoo, and even money to pay for school field trips. The staff and volunteers are all very capable of coordinating the needs and desires of children from New Hampshire. Another resource, known as Project Pencil, can provide backpacks, filled with supplies to students from lower income families in elementary, middle, high school, and college.
While conditions need to be met, in general the Children's Foundation uses the school's free and reduced lunch program as a guideline for determining who gets assistance, but special circumstances and possible exceptions are always considered.
Limited financial assistance may be available. Any funds and grants are issued as a last resort and are intended to only supplement existing welfare or government programs. They work by providing financial assistance for rent payments and security deposits, utility payments, medical bills, child care expenses, transportation, and more for those in need. In addition, along with the money comes social and spiritual comfort. This is provided through free home visits by teams of volunteers. Emphasis is given to finding helpful solutions for St. Vincent clients. Financial aid is offered to residents of the entire region, including Alton, Laconia, Gilford, Belmont, and Gilmanton New Hampshire.
Disaster Relief is offered in New Hampshire. The St. Vincent de Paul Society is an active participant in V.O.A.D., or Volunteer Organization Aiding in Disaster. The charity and its churches work closely with other non-profit agencies such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities and others to provide free food, shelter, household and financial assistance to those whose lives have been impacted or ravaged by an unforeseen natural disaster.
The main St. Vincent center and its churches are at 1269 Union Ave Laconia, NH 03246, (603) 524-5470.
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