Collin County St. Vincent de Paul assistance programs.

Vincentians and churches that are part of St. Vincent de Paul help low income families and the poor. The charity assists with housing by offering emergency rent help or the Safe Haven transitional apartments. Other assistance includes free food, clothing, and holiday assistance and much more. The less fortunate in Collin County Texas can get help from the charity.

All across Texas, the demand for emergency financial aid is always high. Unfortunately, this type of assistance is the most costly to provide as it relies on money being donated to the Society of St. Vincent or its partner churches. Therefore, as funding becomes available, the Vincentians pay home visits to families each month to determine their needs and link them with appropriate sources of assistance. Some examples of the financial services provided by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Collin County are as follows.

  • Funds for paying back rent, utility bills to stop a disconnection, or the security deposit on a new, low income home in Collin County.
  • Eviction prevention, which includes grants from the programs above, but there may also be mediation and referrals.
  • Free gasoline vouchers for a job interview or work.
  • Medical needs, including prescription drugs and referrals to clinics in Collin County.

Whenever possible, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides support to anyone. The goal is to offer cash or a voucher, but in some cases loans are issued to anyone needing food, clothing, rental assistance, help for paying utility bills or other emergency needs. The resources are offered regardless of religion, race, origin, or gender.

Emergency food packages, groceries, and prepared meals are delivered by the Society to qualifying Collin County residents as well. This will include seniors, those who are unable to leave their homes, the disabled, people who can’t prepare their own meals. Additionally, St. Vincent will make free sack lunches or breakfasts available to the homeless in Collin County.

In McKinney Texas, the Hunger Ministry provides free or low-cost meals or boxes of food. There is also other support services to low-income residents and those facing poverty. In addition to furnishing nourishing food, program volunteers educate clients about the issues surrounding hunger.




The volunteers from the ministry provide connections with programs and services that offer nutritional assistance, including area churches, food pantries and soup kitchens that partner with the Society. Additionally, St. Vincent de Paul partners with many community outreach programs and non-profits, such as Caritas; Meals on Wheels; CROP Walk; the Austin, Leander, and Round Rock Food Pantries; and also Mobile Loaves and Fishes.

Safe Haven is a low cost, transitional housing program that provides services to people who have recently been evicted or that are homeless. St. Vincent de Paul of Collin County has the goal of helping them stabilize their situations, ultimately find safe and affordable permanent housing, and make use of other relevant service providers.

The staff that are part of the Safe Haven program also assists hard-to-reach homeless persons with medical conditions, severe mental illnesses and other debilitating conditions. Unfortunately most of the Vincent clients in Texas have been in and out of the local shelters numerous times, and are unable to participate in other forms of housing assistance or supportive services.

Society of St. Vincent’s Back on Track is a form of self-sufficiency. It is often referred to as Heart to Heart, and the charity works in partnership with local churches to help people work toward positive growth and stability. One of the main focuses is to assist those who otherwise might fall through the cracks when it comes to accessing traditional programs or various forms of government aid.





Back on Track meets these goals through offering mentoring services that assist families and individuals in achieving their academic, employment, career, financial, and personal goals. Specific program services include classroom space, access to a computer lab, and a free lending library. St. Vincent of Collin County will also offer a free clothes closet, where program participants can select free clothing items for work or school.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in McKinney is another option for the public. It will provide low cost clothing and other goods to families, children, and seniors who are in need.

While the exact make up of goods sold will vary, the store will also work to stock affordable, gently used, but otherwise great quality merchandise. Available items change from day to day, as new items are donated, but at any given time, the location may have toys for Christmas, clothing, cribs, beds, school supplies, shoes for children, appliances and more.

In some cases, there may be free items offered or discounts for students, low income seniors, and those with disabilities. Store vouchers and other assistance, such as gift certificates, may be available for those who have very low incomes.

Christmas help is provided too. Each and every year, the Society of St. Vincent compiles a list of low-income and working poor families in Collin Texas with children, and distributes it to church members for Christmas sponsorship. Sponsors provide them with free gifts, toys, meals, clothing, and more for families who otherwise may not be financially able to have Christmas.

For more information, call Society of St. Vincent de Paul. A volunteer and staff may need to visit the applicant at home. The main office is located at 110 St. Gabriel Way, McKinney, Texas 75071. Call 972-542-7170.



By Jon McNamara

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