The Phoenix and Maricopa County St. Vincent de Paul's is committed to helping the working poor and low income. Residents can call the charity for information on, and applications for, a number of assistance programs and resources. Some examples of the services offered include a medical and dental clinic, food, rent and housing assistance, holiday programs, and much more.
The Virginia G. Piper Medical and Dental Clinic provides health care to patients who can’t afford to buy insurance. On average, thousands of low income and working class people receive affordable dental and/or medical care from this St. Vincent program. Dozens of doctors, hygienists, nurses, physician assistants, and dentists contribute some of their time to operating this Phoenix area clinic. Dial (602) 261-6868 for an appointment.
The dental clinic provides services, from denture fittings to teeth cleanings, to all who qualify for free care. Children are one of the focuses of the center, and the dental clinic provides comprehensive children's treatment plans that will even teach children and their parents oral hygiene skills.
The medical clinic addresses other health care needs. This center is supported by the generosity of local Maricopa County laboratories, hospitals, pharmacies, and other non-profit agencies. The clinic is able to provide health care services ranging from treatment of chronic diseases such as diabetes to basic care, such as checkups. Medical counseling is also offered at the Phoenix Virginia G. Piper Medical and Dental Clinic, so that people can improve their nutrition on their own.
Medical Equipment can be loaned at by the clinic too. Call (602) 261-6896. The Friends of St. Anne Ministry help low income individuals by loaning them equipment as needed. Some of what can be received includes Crutches, Wheelchairs, Walkers, Shower Chairs, and Canes.
Family Eviction and Homeless Prevention – Due to an unexpected hardship, many families can fall behind on their rent or utility bills. If you can’t pay either one of those expenses, then you will be considered homeless. So the Society of St. Vincent can help incarcerated breadwinners by preventing homelessness.
The charity can provide direct financial assistance to Maricopa and Phoenix families so utility shut-off and evictions can be avoided. They also work with other state of Arizona and local agencies in order to target any one-time family assistance or grants to those individuals who have the potential to regain self-sufficiency in a relatively short amount of time. So an assessment and interview will occur. In addition to money for rent or utilities, other services include budgeting advice, credit repair, clothing, and referrals to those in need of help. Phone 877-211-8661
Help for the Working Poor of Maricopa County Arizona – Apply for financial advice, transportation assistance, case management and other support. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's will help a select number of people in Phoenix become more financially independent through the Helping the Working Poor Program. Meet with a case manager or credit counselor to set spending priorities and create a family budget. Services offered include job training and job readiness assistance. Transportation can help people obtain a job or attend training classes. (602) 850-6722.
Ministry to the Homeless will help someone find shelter and work towards self-sufficiency. The homeless can get referrals to dining rooms, clinics and shelters in Phoenix. Or receive follow-up assessment, encouragement and referrals to non-profits, depending on need and progress. Other resources for the homeless in Phoenix include job training, placement and education. Phone (602) 261-6883.
It is understood that people may need supplies and other needs addressed before they can get a job. So St. Vincent De Paul offers bus tickets to job interviews, bicycles for transportation to new jobs, vouchers for identification, and even items such as work boots.
Becoming self-sufficient is not always easy to do. Not every client is successful on his or her first attempt at this. So case managers provide extensive follow-up, employment opportunities, as well as budgeting and housing advice. Successes are rewarded and celebrated, and setbacks are treated as learning experiences.
Food Pantries and Charity Dining Rooms are operated by St. Vincent de Paul's in Maricopa County and across northern Arizona. There are a total of five charitable dining rooms and a food bank. Together they serve on average about 100,000 meals per month, and special Christmas and Thanksgiving meals may be provided too.
They also partner with a couple other dozen nonprofit agencies across the greater Phoenix area. The dining rooms and food pantries are strategically located throughout the Valley, from El Mirage to Mesa, so the centers can be accessed by those who need help. In addition to getting free or low cost meals, all dining room locations offer on-site referrals for additional assistance such as rent, housing, utilities assistance, employment-related services, and transportation.
Neighborhood-based assistance is offered across central and northern Arizona by the St. Vincent de Paul's parish-based Conferences of Charity. Thousands of families receive assistance.
Members and volunteers, who are sometimes referred to as Vincentians, visit the needy and low income in their homes, and provide them with various forms of assistance including rent payments, free food, furniture, clothing, utility bill payments and much more. By someone going directly to a family’s home, strong relationships are established. This provides the individual with an opportunity for emotional support, and positive lifestyle changes. Many visits also occur to non-traditional sites such as hospitals, prisons, and nursing homes.
Almost 20 Thrift Stores operate in Maricopa County and across northern and central Arizona. The general public, including people who need help, can shop at these St. Vincent centers for low-cost household items, clothing, and furniture. The thrift stores also operate as neighborhood distribution centers, where the working poor and low income can receive access to a plethora of much needed items free of charge.
Christmas Assistance from the "Adopt a Family" Program – Bring the joy of the holidays to a child or family in need who lives in Phoenix. All someone needs to do is provide the gifts or meals for Christmas dinner and one toy or gift for each qualified family member. This has been proven to be a great project for schools, families, office groups, clubs, and organizations. It starts around December of each year. Call (602) 261-6820.
College Scholarships are provided as part of a onetime Financial Assistance Program. Motivated and qualified students who may not have enough money or family resources, or those who do not qualify for other grants or scholarships, may benefit from this Society of St. Vincent de Paul program. In addition to financial aid, each student will be assigned a mentor during the period of assistance.
Many students who are enrolled in Phoenix area high school must work full or part time to help support themselves and their families. In some cases, these students simply lack positive role models that will encourage them to seek higher education or achieve academic success. This is where the mentor program can help.
The program is known as One at a Time, and it provides financial assistance for Arizona Colleges and Universities where education costs and living expenses are less. This allows the charity to help more qualified students, as well as support those students with greater financial needs.