Burlington County New Jersey St. Vincent de Paul assistance programs.
A local community of churches and so called lay Catholic organization is part of St. Vincent. The organization may be able to assist the low income, poor, and less fortunate in the Burlington County region of New Jersey. They offer referrals, limited financial aid, and short term assistance to income qualified families. There is no discrimination that is based on religion, gender, or age, and people of all backgrounds may receive assistance.
Most of the assistance from the charity organization is provided on a short-term, emergency basis. The main goal of the charity is to return those facing a hardship to long term self-sufficiency. To this end, volunteers from Saint Vincent will work with clients to help them return to full participation in the greater Burlington County New Jersey community.
Some of what may be provided by the society includes free clothing, food, and furniture. While more limited, the charity may also have financial assistance with paying bills such as heat, rent, utilities and prescription medication. Or they will issue low cost loans for paying certain household expenses, or refer families to interest free loan programs.
If Saint Vincent can’t meet your needs, then some families and seniors may receive referrals to local community, state, and federal government organizations. They also partner with religious organizations, churches and agencies in Burlington County that may offer counseling and support. Funds are collected from the public and then provided to the needy through Poor Box donations, separate gifts and also selling supermarket certificates. The society of St. Vincent also may sponsor special food and gift programs for Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter which are supported by the generous contributions of generous parishioners and the community. Children from low income families and the elderly are the main recipients of the Christmas programs.
In order to apply for assistance, individuals, seniors and even families who are in need of help should call the Society of Saint Vincent for assistance and referrals. Members of the Society or a local church will arrange a visit with the applicant. The charity feels it is very important to work with the client in an effort to better understand the situation. They will work to determine what form of financial aid or basic needs will be most helpful to the family. In some cases, Catholic Charities and St. Vincent de Paul Society partner together to most effectively leverage the limited resources they have.
Some of the basic needs provided include short-term help with clothing, food, some furniture and assistance with paying bills such as heating, rent, utilities and prescription medications. As indicated, if the Burlington charity can’t meet your needs they may offer referrals to other non-profit resources and government agencies. One of the main focuses of the Society is to prevent homelessness in the community. Another objective is to return the family members to long term self-sufficiency and full participation in the greater New Jersey community.
Over the course of the year, generally hundreds of families receive some form of assistance. The Saint Vincent Society is always grateful to parishioners and those who donate, and they appreciate all of their continued generosity. Some of the needs that have been met in the past include the following.
- Food Pantry, including groceries and meals.
- Utility assistance such as Fuel Oil, Electric, Propane, Water bills, Gas & Kerosene.
- Housing expenses - Mortgage and rent assistance is offered, with a focus on preventing homelessness.
- Seasonal assistance, including Christmas Gift Cards, Thanksgiving Pies & turkeys, and also Back to School Supplies.
- Cash loans may be offered by Saint Vincent to qualified Burlington County residents.
One of the main St. Vincent agencies is run from the Church of the Holy Eucharist. The address is 520 Medford Lakes Road, Tabernacle, New Jersey 08088. Dial (609) 268-8383.