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Fort Bend County Saint Vincent assistance programs.

Regardless of age, race, or religion, St. Vincent de Paul provides support to low-income, working poor, or homeless residents of Fort Bend County. There is a particular focus on assisting senior citizens as well as households with children, however anyone can seek help from the charity. While resources are limited, they do their best to provide some form of assistance or referrals if no other options are available.

The charity relies on money being raised from the community, the sale of items from the thrift stores and goods to be donated as well. No act of charity is foreign to their volunteers though, who do their best to provide anyone in need with basic assistance. Free food, clothing, a hot meal, furniture, companionship, holiday support, and mentoring are just some of what is available to those who are in need.

As noted, resources in the various society conferences are stretched thin, and the intent is to help people facing a one time crisis that have a plan in place for self-sufficiency. So to this end, contact them for any local charity organizations that may have emergency funds to assist with rent or other bills. Note that any direct financial assistance paid out depends on the availability of those funds.

In order to make these programs happen, St. Vincent works with churches, volunteers, and other non-profit charities throughout Fort Bend County to help the poor meet their basic needs. Staff also advocate on behalf of the porr. They also partner with clients on helping them work their way out of crisis situations. So both short and long term support is administered.

The Fort Bend St. Vincent De Paul Center food pantry passes out boxes of groceries or canned goods. Also, the center serves free hot meals on a daily basis to income-eligible residents. The locations also furnishes clients with clothing, hygiene kits, snack packs, referrals, and even a safe place to spend the day or to get out of the cold or heat. Many seniors rely on this pantry, and in some cases the homeless or working single parents use the items to supplement their budgets.

At the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, items are donated by the public and the charity will then sell or recycle them back into the community. Some examples of what is available includes gently used clothing, household goods, furniture and other items that are donated by members of the community.




There may also be some free goods for individuals who meet income guidelines. They will be supplied with vouchers for obtaining goods at no cost. This is even more commonly offered during the holidays, and St. Vincent of Fort Bend County may have free toys or presents for children too.

Not only can the store help during a difficult period, but another benefit is that all proceeds raised from the sale of Thrift Shop items go toward funding the financial assistance programs. So the money goes back into the community to help with rent, bills, and other expenses.

Many other forms of assistance are also available, depending on funding and other factors. Some examples of these other available St. Vincent services include the following. In addition, please contribute to the charity if you can afford to, as the contribution will be appreciated and put to good use.

  • Vouchers and gift certificates for items like food, prescription medications and clothing for qualifying clients
    Transportation for seniors to a doctor appointment or maybe a job interview for someone seeking employment in Texas.
  • Volunteers from churches will conduct home and hospital visits to the poor, elderly, sick and physically challenged.
  • Disaster relief and recovery assistance, both to victims and first responders in Fort Bend County.
  • One-on-one counseling for challenges such as lack of employment, and there is other case management provided.
  • Assistance with prescription medication vouchers and medical care needs.

Call (281) 238-0991. The charity will do its best to meet the demand of those that are struggling, or they will offer other referrals or suggestions.



By Jon McNamara

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