As funding and resources allow, Volusia County St. Vincent de Paul provides financial support and case management to struggling families. There is help for households with children, seniors, the disabled, and working poor, among others. For people that do not qualify for free food or other emergency programs such as the church based food pantry from St. Vincent de Paul, then referrals may be provided to other churches or agencies in Volusia County Florida.
The goal of the churches in the region is to end the cycle of poverty, hunger and homelessness. So an intake and case management process will assess the needs of the applicant, and there will also be ongoing support to try to support the family. Clients can also learn about everything from job placement to credit repair and counseling.
Volusia County Society of St. Vincent de Paul emergency financial assistance provides some type of grant or low interest loan to families facing a crisis. This will depend on funding, and as part of the process, a case manager will evaluate the family’s or individual’s need for the money. There is a priority process in place, and all funds are limited. All applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
There may be partial funding for rent to prevent an eviction, or if the household has a disconnection notice, then assistance can help with utility bills. Other support from the charity may include prescription vouchers or a card for gasoline in order to get to a job interview.
Resources from Volusia County Society of Saint Vincent de Paul as well as any local church or non-profit is limited. Therefore all financial assistance is first come first serve and given only after applying for help and a formal meeting with the Case Manager occurs. This is needed in order to review the needs and resources of the household members.
As part of the case management process, the the staff member from develops plans for the treatment, evaluation and/or care of individuals who, because of illness, disability, age or other difficulties, need assistance in planning and arranging for services. The guidance as well as case management program assesses the individual’s needs and also monitors progress to ensure that services are having a beneficial impact on the individual.
An on site food pantry can provide vouchers or boxes of groceries in Volusia County. Products are acquired through canned food drives, donations, collections from the public, or direct purchase. All goods will be distributed to clients in emergency situations that are facing hunger, with a focus on feeding children.
Especially considering the limited funding, referrals from the Venetians provide information about human and social service resources in the community. Saint Vincent de Paul and its staff will try to link low income families who need assistance with appropriate providers that can address those needs.
Transitional housing and shelters are available for the homeless, with local units also for Women with Children as well as veterans. There is lodging across Florida and the county of Volusia for people who are homeless, facing evictions or in unstable housing. There is also help for survivors of domestic violence. Families that participate in this service are encouraged and supported in their efforts to become financially self-sufficient and to strengthen family relationships, and any type of housing is offered only after case management occurs.
Churches prepare nutritious lunches for the low income and seniors. The service is combined with nutrition education and social activities on specific days throughout the region. The free, healthy meals are prepared and delivered by a combination of kitchen staff and volunteers. The homebound may also receive a meal and have it brought to their home.
The referral and information process involves establishing contact with the individual seeking help to get the exact details on what is needed. Staff will provide a referral to identified resources, whether it is a local food pantry or some type of shelter or even government benefit. So a number of solutions are explored by the charity.
For more information on their services, call 386-426-0883.
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