Financial assistance from Cullman County Saint Vincent de Paul.

Assistance is available from Saint Vincent de Paul for low income families that need a hand up, and not a hand-out. Based on available funding, the overall financial condition of the applicant, and the cause of their crisis, the charity may provide some or all of the following.

When the Cullman County family has no other resources (including friends, family, and government benefits) to turn to, emergency rent, water, or utility bill help will be available. There may also be vouchers to pay for some clothing or medication items, volunteers that may drive a person to a job interview, and of course free food from a pantry. If and when available, other support may be arranged too.

Assistance including free meals, bill pay programs, and employment services are offered. St. Vincent de Paul offers solutions to people that are struggling or facing poverty. The fact is a low income family may struggle to pay for expenses such as housing or maybe food to eat. Without sufficient funds from a job or in the bank, too many Cullman County residents go without a warm, nutritious meal or box of food, and they can't keep a roof over their head.

The bill paying assistance programs are for averting a crisis. The funds from Society of Saint Vincent de Paul try to supplement their income with utility bills, rent, medications and other vital payments to make it through a hardship. The financial assistance from the non-profit becomes the difference between eviction and shelter, can give a life saving medications, or between maintaining honest work and selling drugs for money.

The last resource is the Employment Assistance. This is used for battling poverty. The non-profit will offer clients career coaching, educational resources and job placement opportunities. The tool is used for either keeping an existing job or finding a new one. There are even referrals to flex work from home jobs in the region and nationwide.

 

 

 

 

Thrift Stores are operated by St. Vincent de Paul. The service was set up based on Christian principles, however anyone can stop there., no matter their race, religion, or background. The location is mostly organized by Christian people from area churches in Cullman County.

Since the agency is a non-profit, all of the profits (if any) from the store go to support and fund assistance programs, whether financial, food pantries, or a medical clinic. In general, the funds are also used to support Christian based ministries in the community.

St. Vincent de Paul will sell gently used, but otherwise great merchandise. What is sold will be donated from local sources. There are churches that supply items, or volunteers pick up large goods from people across the community as well. All of the goods are sold at great prices in the Cullman County region.

In addition to providing free, emergency food from the pantry and clothing bank, St. Vincent de Paul of Cullman County also gives other help.  The items passed out may be blankets, jackets, clothing, furniture, backpacks, feminine products and hygiene items to name but a few. Or there are even free cribs for single moms and other new, low income parents.

There is also supplies/furniture for people who move into permanent housing. Some of those goods may be silverware, cups, utensils, plates, blankets, beds, cleaning supplies, and toiletries. Note these larger items are harder to provide, so the quantity is limited or there may be a wait list.

Donations and volunteers work behind the scenes. They assist with gathering clothes, stocking the shelves with food, and running the location. So Saint Vincent de Paul operates along with the Cullman County community to help the less fortunate.

 

 

 

 

St. Vincent de Paul  in Cullman County can be contacted at (256) 737-5131. The main address of the church run group is 217 Second Street SE, Cullman, AL 35056.

By Jon McNamara

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