Vincentians from the Ocean County Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is a faith based charity that help the poor and less fortunate. Volunteers from churches will often visit someone in their home, or provide them support when they stop by a center. Using donations raised from the community, the services provided can range from a hot meal to shelter or limited financial aid for bills or rent.
In some cases, as resources allow, Vincentians will even stop by a hospital or nursing home in Ocean County. Or the home bound will have someone drop in an visit them. At these locations the needy person will have their needs assessed, and then assistance will be provided to them as possible. Some of the main resources from the charity are noted below.
Churches will try to address housing needs, ranging from homeless prevention to shelter and government aid. Whether it is money to make a partial rent or mortgage payment, or placement into a shelter, all of this is done in an effort to prevent homelessness across the city of Toms River and really across the county.
Based on the results of the home visit, the Society may offer funds for a rental payment or maybe past due electric bill. In most cases, this is only offered if the applicant has some form of income, as they will be responsible for paying future expenses on their own.
Volunteers from the churches will offer other support as well. Most of it is around basic needs, and can be as follows. The funds for this can range from federal grants to no interest loans.
Ocean County Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores will allow residents to save money by shopping for affordable goods. These are sites that anyone from the community can drop off gently used goods at. The St. Vincent volunteers will clean, sort, and package the items, and then they are resold to the general public.
Based on donations and what was dropped off at the locations, they may sell clothing, Christmas toys, beds, and cribs for new babies or single moms. Other items may be appliances or electric goods. Everything sold to the general public will normally be gently used. All of the money raised at the store, whether it is in Point Pleasant or Brick New Jersey, is used by the charity to fund the programs and resources above.
Other more self-sufficiency needs are addressed as well. There are Employment Ministries that can help people from across the community find a job and increase their income. Or learn about job training programs in Ocean County. Or, with the ever increasing costs of medical bills, there are some free health clinics organized by churches from time to time, and these are for the underinsured as well as working poor.
Anyone seeking help will need to apply. As part of the process, Vincentians will visit the family or individual in their home and they need to understand the hardship being faced, and they need to understand what can be done, if anything. Priority is for households with children and senior citizens. Then, based on results, material goods or financial aid will be paid out. For more details, contact Ocean County Society of St. Vincent de Paul at (732) 458 - 7450 or 732-370-0098.
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