While many programs are administered by the St. Vincent DePaul in Middlesex County Connecticut, a focus is on stopping evictions and homelessness. In addition, for those who need a place to live, the agency can help residents locate more permanent housing as well. Other aid includes, but is not limited, to meals and community assistance for basic needs.
Volunteers and staff from the society are aggressively fighting poverty and the causes of low income. Many programs are offered. Receive food from the Amazing Grace Food Pantry as well as the community Soup Kitchen. The agency also offers assistance to connect low income and unemployed people to basic support services and emergency aid. This done done through the Middlesex Community Assistance Program. A Supportive Housing Program provides eviction prevention, shelter, and information on more permanent housing to local families.
People supported come from a diverse background. Men, women and children who live in poverty, who are unemployed or working limited hours may all qualify for help. Many individuals who are seeking help may work two or three jobs but still do not make enough money to pay the rent or meet the cost of housing and daily expenses of high cost Connecticut.
The Meals Programs serves a couple hundred free hot meals to people per day. This relies heavily on donations from people in the community and volunteers are often the ones who distribute the items from the Saint Vincent soup kitchen. Breakfast, lunches, dinner, and even a Sunday meal is offered.
Connect-To-Care is offered by the Society of Saint Vincent De Paul in partnership with a number of other charities and non-profit organizations, such as Homeless Outreach Team (HOT). Some of the other participating agencies also include River Valley Services, Community Health Center, Middlesex Adult Education and the United Labor Agency.
Services are offered to individuals in an effort to help them find employment, affordable housing, substance and alcohol treatment, applications for public aid, and more.
While there are no guarantees, many clients will receive support in applying for SNAP food stamps, housing options, social security benefits, job opportunities, medical care, and GED and other educational programs. The Connect -to- Care program is one of the main St. Vincent resources in the Middlesex region. Databases provide comprehensive information for families in need of other services including food stamps, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), energy bill assistance, WIC, school meals, Husky Part A, Part B, State Administered General Assistance (SAGA), and maybe even Aid to the blind or disabled.
Another pantry is known as the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. It provides canned goods and food for free to the needy. Qualified families and individuals can shop once per month and can receive a few days worth of groceries or baby formula. Families are able to choose the items they need and that they would like that are available at the time they shop.
A mobile pantry operates in the county as well. It provides yet another opportunity for people to receive nourishing free food and groceries. The Saint Vincent mobile pantry partners with AME Zion Church as well, which is located at 440 West St., Middletown Connecticut.
The Housing First model provides people facing eviction and the currently homeless with intensive case management. Churches and the society support residents to ensure that the tenants receive the services they need to remain permanently housed.
Saint Vincent may be able to help place people into a home which will base their monthly rent on a percentage of their income. The housing team provides clients with a comprehensive tenant orientation that discusses landlord/tenant communication skills, the expectations of each lease, housekeeping, basic non-violent approaches to conflict resolution, budgeting, shopping and food preparation. In addition, when possible, the clients case managers provide transportation to medical and mental health appointments in the Middletown region. They will also serve as advocates for obtaining other services and entitlements for the family.
Emergency financial assistance and referrals may be provided by community assistance. The organization refers people to other social services and government programs in the community. While funding varies widely, in some years hundreds of families can receive help in the form of low interest loans, free referrals, heating bill assistance through Middletown's Operation Fuel Bank, and application assistance for rent and housing. Once again a goal is to prevent homelessness in the region and to help move families and individuals quickly out of emergency shelters and into long term housing with appropriate supports. The number for this St. Vincent DePaul program is 860.344.0097.
A formal application process is in place. Requests for financial aid are made and verified by St. Vincent De Paul for needs such as security deposits, rental assistance, transportation, and energy bill assistance. Any payments made by St. Vincent de Paul are done directly to your landlord or company that you owe money to. Most of the aid needs to be repaid over time.
Qualified families can also apply for Operation Fuel. This is Connecticut's leading, private, nonprofit statewide program offering emergency heating bill assistance. St. Vincent is a key participant that process applications for this resource.
The Society of Saint Vincent operates from a center at 617 Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457. Call 860.344.0097 for intake.
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