Arlington and northern Virginia St. Vincent assistance programs.

The Saint Vincent de Paul Society in the Arlington Virginia area is made up of a number of churches and volunteers that are committed to helping the working poor, low income, and less fortunate in the community. The charity organization also works closely with other agencies and social service organizations in Arlington and throughout Virginia. Thousands of struggling and unemployed families receive help every year.

While some of the services provided may be offered directly, most of the financial assistance is done from referrals to non-profits. So a social worker may direct a client to another local service. Details on these resources are below.

Food vouchers may be offered. St. Vincent does its best to ensure that families do not go hungry, in particular children and seniors. So a gift certificate, voucher or free box of food may be offered. Volunteers may even deliver a meal to the homebound. Volunteers of various churches and social organizations may help prepare and serve the meal to the needy.

Emergency financial assistance may be offered in Arlington, however this is very limited. Money can pay rent or utility bills or other emergency expenses. Much of it is used to prevent evictions, homelessness, or a disconnection of your utilities.

Disaster relief and services to victims of say fires may be offered. Shelter, basic goods, and crisis relief is offered by staff and volunteers.

Clothing and thrift stores operate in the region. The items sold are inexpensive. The St. Vincent Thrift Shops in northern Virginia also welcome donations of items such as shoes and clothing. They may also take in small pieces of furniture such as kitchen appliances, plant stands and accent tables. Items are sold to the general public, and funds raised are used to pay for the programs administered.

Get information on transitional housing and shelter. Many partner agencies, such as Catholic Charities and Salvation Army, offer transitional housing services to people facing eviction as well as the homeless in the community. Case managers will also help clients find a permanent home to live in.




The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is committed to offering shelter to the homeless, food to the hungry, emergency financial aid, and clothing to those in need. Social workers from the agency and churches can help individuals develop self-sufficiency, recognize their abilities, and maintain their self-respect. While resources are limited, they may offer limited assistance to individuals needing help to pay prescription bills, their rent, or utility bills. Volunteers are always needed to help deliver the collections and organize services.

Referrals may be offered for needs such as Medical Care, Counseling, Job Training/Placement, Shelter for the Homeless, and general Case management. Receive information and referrals to medical, educational, legal, governmental, and other services that operate in Virginia or at the federal level as well. One of they key services is those job referrals, as employment is key to stability.

The Arlington Council covers a wide territory. The cities and towns covered include Clarke, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, King George, Lancaster, Loudoun, Madison, Northumberland, Orange, Page, Prince William, Rappahannock, Richmond, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Warren and Westmoreland. There are also so called independent cities that are supported as well. These include Alexandria, Fairfax City, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas, Manassas Park and Winchester Virginia. Efforts are made by St. Vincent to avoid overlapping services with those provided by similar neighboring government and service organizations. Call the help line at 703-938-3210 for information.




By Jon McNamara

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