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Society of St. Vincent de Paul assistance programs Hartford County Connecticut.

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul provides support across Hartford County Connecticut, with a focus on some cities and towns. Whether it is free furniture such as beds or couches, or clothes (winter attire, or school supplies) or funds to pay for housing costs (rent, deposits, mortgages or utility bills) assistance is offered. The SVDP covers all of Hartford, including the city, but the focus is on Ellington, Manchester, Vernon, Tolland, South Windsor (from St. Margaret Mary Church), and East Hartford.

There is an Online Request Tool as well as Hotline to dial for help as listed below. Low income families, those with a medical emergency, the elderly, and single moms (or dads) or some of the main clients. Saint Vincent de Paul also accepts donations of clothes, money, and other items from the Hartford County CT community, with volunteers able to pick up some large donations from your home (such as furniture).

Apply for emergency financial help or food from Hartford Saint Vincent

Using money from the SVDP thrift store in Hartford, or donations as well as their “general fund”, the non-profits church based charity offers direct financial assistance. Any support is given to a select number of qualified low-income families in crisis.

When qualified, and after an assessment has been done, there may be funds to help with rent, utilities as well as water bills, doctors' visits, or prescriptions. Winter heating bills, including oil, kerosene, or electric may be paid too. Other more practical support from the Society of Saint Vincent may help with birth certificates, text books for educational or job placement needs, transportation costs, or counseling. Any financial help is distributed on a case by case basis and is always based on the agencies financial means as well as overall funding levels.

Before going hungry, be sure to turn to the SVDP free food pantry or soup kitchen for help. This is a community wide service in which low-income families can get assistance. There are also special meal services as well as products for senior citizens, diabetics, children, and individuals in special needs.




The pantry will offer a few day supply of groceries. The selection changes...often weekly. When there is a need that can't be met, then one of two solutions are used. The first is a referral, and will involve the client going to some other local Hartford County agency. Maybe that is a USDA provider or maybe a department of social services for say WIC vouchers or food stamp applications.

The second solution, which is much less common, is to issue a free gift certificate for use at shopping at a grocery store. This may help a family purchase Ensure, baby food, low sugar ingredients, or some other specialty type item that may not be stocked at the Society of Saint Vincent Society Hartford food bank. So clients do have some options available to them.

Saint Vincent also has information on homeless shelters in East Hartford, Manchester, and other parts of the county. The homeless person may not only be referred to a place to sleep for a night, but also be given a free hot meal or personal toiletries. Find more details on homeless shelters or transitional housing in Hartford Connecticut.

Free furniture banks and clothing closets from Society of Saint Vincent

The free furniture bank will help lower income families (or those recovering from an emergency like a fire) furnish their home or apartment. The charity has a huge focus on providing beds, sleeper sofas, bedding, and other items. SVDP in Hartford County Connecticut also partners with other local agencies, including Manchester Area Council of Churches, local town social service offices, and charities. Whether bedroom furniture, kitchen tables or pots/pans, or other critical housing items, help may be offered.





The other resources is the free clothing bank as well as Family Essentials. This is what a family often needs to make it through the day. The Society of Saint Vincent may pass out free clothing, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and some household items. The non-profit uses its clothing closet as well as food pantry to provide this support.

Not only will goods be given out in Hartford County, but clean, gently used items also accepted for donations. This service may not allow someone to keep up with their bills, but it indirectly saves a household money. As the Family Essential takes care of some basic needs, thereby freeing up the client's income for other needs.

Hotline for SVDP in Hartford County

As noted, while assistance may be offered across the entire county, there is a focus on certain towns or areas, including Manchester, Ellington, Downtown Hartford, Tolland, South Windsor, Vernon and East Hartford. However referrals are always given out as well. For details or more information, call 860-648-0216. Or a main partner is St. Margaret Mary Church which is located at 80 Hayes Rd, South Windsor, CT 06074. Call (860) 644-2411.

By Jon McNamara

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