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Contra Costa St. Vincent de Paul assistance programs.

While financial assistance is very limited, the Contra Costa Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers the needy, low income, and immigrants with several other resources and assistance programs. They help run a dining room, food pantry, and free health care clinics. Volunteers from St. Vincent can also refer individuals to assistance programs and resources in northern California.

The Dining Room/Hall of St. Vincent de Paul is run in partnership with local charities, churches, and an organization known as Loaves & Fishes. Together these various agencies provide anyone in need a free, hot, and nutritious meal every week day. The center is located at the Family Resource Center in Pittsburg California, but it is open limited hours. For information on hours or the program call (925) 439-5060.

St. Vincent de Paul runs a Free Medical Clinic in Pittsburg California. It is open for uninsured adults and those who meet the lowest income levels. The clinic provides the needy with chronic and acute non-emergency medical care and referrals to specialists if need be. The referrals can be to regional dentists as well, and while cleanings are not offered at Saint Vincent, the patient can still get the care they need.

Free healthcare services are offered to the patient, and some examples of what is offered includes laboratory testing, medical exams, and diagnostic services. There are other locations for low income and uninsured Contra Costa residents. Find a listing on California free dental clinics.

Some of the specific medical care services are for the treatment of cough, cold, flu and/or sore throat, help for diabetes, asthma, hypertension, allergies or sinusitis, and urinary tract infections. Doctors, nurses, and medical professionals are also on site for minor laceration repair, wound care, ear infections, sprains, and even headache/backaches. If the Contra Costa California clinic can’t help you, then they may be able to refer you to local hospitals or facilities. Or learn more on how to apply medical bill help. Some prescription medications may be available too.





The Food Pantry is run by St. Vincent de Paul, and the organization works with the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. The center provides one-time emergency food, government surplus items and is usually open Monday through Friday.

A daytime shelter, cooling station, and hot lunch are all part of what is offered at the Oasis Shelter. This location is open in partnership with the InterFaith rotating shelter known as Winter Nights. It provides a shelter, free hot lunch (through the Dining Room) and even services such as showers. Also meet with social workers that find a solution, including may public housing or section 8 vouchers.

Emergency rental assistance is provided in partnership with Catholic Charities, and is very limited. Most aid is focused on people who would otherwise be homeless.

Immigration Law Services, including immigration assistance, is another service that is provided in partnership with Catholic Charities of Contra Costa County California. Receive information on government and public aid, legal support, and details on local job programs.

The St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store is offered at the charities Family Resource Center. Locations are available in towns and cities such as Pittsburg and Pleasant Hill California. These stores provide the public with access to low cost household goods, clothing, furniture, and more. Free clothing may also be obtainable from these stores through the local SVDP Conferences and churches. Other items like school supplies may be offered too. The addresses and phone numbers to call for help are below.

Pleasant Hill Store, 2815 Contra Costa Boulevard, Pleasant Hill, California, telephone number is (925) 934-5063

Pittsburg Store, 2210 Gladstone Drive, Pittsburg, CA, dial 925-439-5060

The main Contract County office is at Gladstone Drive, Pittsburg, California 94565. Telephone number is (925) 439-5060



By Jon McNamara

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