Help from Brevard County Florida Saint Vincent de Paul.

Assistance from St. Vincent de Paul may be provided if the client has a financial plan in place so they can get back on track. The programs are only intended to fill needs that result from a crisis, and are no way long term solutions to poverty in Brevard County Florida. So the aid is in effect a hand-up and not a “free” hand out of money to a low income family.

Brevard County residents can turn to this charity, which is a made  up of churches, as but one option. As noted, the services are a last resort only. So individuals must have applied for other help first, but out of savings, have tried friends and family and the like. Only then may financial aid, food, housing, job placement, or similar services be provided.

Resources and assistance programs from the churches making up Saint Vincent

In an effort to help anyone in need, St. Vincent de Paul provides many forms of material goods, referrals, donated items, and the like. Almost all of this form of assistance is the result of donations from the public as well as the hard work from volunteers. This means that people collect surplus items, work at the food pantry as well as thrift store, and do what they can to provide items to struggling as well as low income families; really anyone in need of help.

This is not financial aid; but the team can direct residents of Brevard County Florida to places to turn to. The items are meant more to fill household needs around food, clothing, furniture, and other basic supplies. But this form of assistance does allow the client the ability to use their income to pay other bills, namely for housing, medical, or anything else they need.

Another important resource is the thrift store. This sells items to the public. It is not an income based program. Anyone can shop there for what they need. Furniture, beds, clothing, school supplies, birthday toys and hundreds of other goods may be sold at an affordable cost.

 

 

 

 

During a hot summer or a long cold winter (relatively in Florida), some low income families need a little more help for their utility bills. Or there may be a need for some money to pay rent when considering the very expensive housing market. Or Saint Vincent may offer financial aid for other emergency bill, or even information on loans for families with bad credit. All of this aid will require a home visit from a volunteer.

Anyone from Brevard County facing a short term hardship, and if they do not where know where the money for their next energy bill or rent payment is coming from, then they can check with Saint Vincent de Paul to so see if (1) there is funding available and (2) if they qualify. Any funds available from St. Vincent will come and go through the year. So this is a form of “ebbing”, and if they can help an effort will be made.

Income-qualified people or families that are facing a crisis (such as unemployment or unexpected bills) can use the food bank. The applicant needs to be living in the Saint Vincent service area, which includes the zip code and county. This resource is designed to help stretch the monthly budgets of a client, and help those that are also currently on food stamps. All of the families that are qualified can get a free box of groceries as well as access to other nutrition services, such as applications to EBT cards from SNAP or WIC vouchers.

The food pantry serves as a “clearinghouse” system. This means that there may be perishable or canned food items given out, ranging from deli items, bread, salads, milk, cereal, milk, and other dairy products. The St. Vince de Paul center may also pass out fruits, vegetables, pastries, and fresh produce. All of this and more may be offered once per week or more.

 

 

 

Locations and additional services in Brevard County

All of this support is combined with other services, around anti-poverty, budgeting, self-sufficiency, and more. As the Brevard County Florida Saint Vincent de Paul ways to fight and end poverty in the region. For more information on their services or programs, there are two options. They include one at 5301 North Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach, FL, 32937. Phone 321.783.4554. the other is at 824 Palm Bay Road SE, Palm Bay, FL, 32906. The main number is 321.768.7882.

 

By Jon McNamara

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