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St. Vincent de Paul assistance programs Jacksonville Florida and Duval County.

A leading non-profit in Duval County is the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. The charity and its churches provide assistance across Jacksonville Florida and the entire county. Volunteers administer most of the resources and thousands of low income and poor families receive help every single year.

Most of the assistance is organized by the so called Beaches Conference. They administer basic needs to the needy. Support is for the hungry, the weak, sick, seniors, and others. While funding and resources are limited, if the volunteer from St. Vincent can't meet your needs then they will try to provide referrals and other guidance to Jacksonville area programs.

The charity will conduct home visits and this is coordinated by the Society of St. Vincent dePaul's Duval County office. They are different from other agencies in that the volunteers and staff are able to meet and discover the needs of the individuals and families in the community. The non-profit will try to direct them to other places to get them back on their feet. Financial assistance and resources offered includes.

  • Housing assistance may be provided in the form of utility or emergency rent.
  • If you need transportation around Jacksonville, then a gasoline voucher may be offered. This is usually for a job interview or critical medical appointment.
  • Basic needs include furniture (see more below), food gift cards, vouchers for free gently used clothing and more.
  • Holiday assistance may include Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas meals.

When applying, note that volunteers will normally make a home visit to each person seeking assistance to better determine the need and any services that may be offered. Please note that not all St. Vincent parish conferences in Duval County provide these services. The volunteers can also give free referrals to other programs in your area.

The parishes are below. Note, they only serve residents in certain zip codes and all resources are limited and vary by parish.

  • Assumption Conference - Phone 398-1917. Zip code is 32207. Programs include Rent, Utilities, Free Food.




  • Blessed Trinity, dial 996-8380. Zip codes are 32246, 32224, 32245. Offers limited Rent, Utilities, and food.
  • Christ the King can be reached at 674-6378. Zip code served is 32211. Services include Rent, Utilities, Food.
  • Holy Family - Telephone - 641-5838. Assistance is for the zip of 32256, and aid is for Utilities, Electric Bills, Rent, Food, and gently used Clothing.
  • Holy Spirit - Phone: 521-2024. Zip code is 32225. Find Rent and energy programs.
  • Resurrection Church - Phone 744-0833 x23. Zip code -  32277. Low income families may receive Rent, Utilities, or free Food.
  • Sacred Heart telephone number is 771-2949. Covers the zip code of 32244. Resources are for electric bills,  Utilities, Food, Rent expenses or Clothing.
  • San Juan Del Rio (phone number 287-0519) supports the zip code of 32259. Find help for Utilities, Housing, or Groceries.
  • St. Catherine’s. Phone - 264-0577. Families in the zip code of 32073 can call this Saint Vincent Parish for Rent, Utilities, Food, Clothing. This charity supports Clay County.
  • St. Matthew’s - Dial 388-7008. The zip code is 32210. Services include Utilities, Food, Housing and Rent.
  • St. Paul (Beaches) has a number of 246-5240. The zip codes are  32250, 32266, 32233, 32082, and 3222. Programs may help with Utilities, Food & Gasoline Cards, Used Furniture, Rent, and even Limited Dental Assistance.
  • St. Paul (Riverside) - Phone 553-7644. Zip code is 32205. Assistance is for Rent, Utilities, Food, Clothing.

Note that additional volunteers as well as donations of funds or material goods are always needed and appreciated. They can be made to the parish in the appropriate area of Duval County.

The St. Vincent de Paul conferences are run by volunteers. They handle all activities and there is no paid staff. In addition to those resources, the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store (which is at 3512 Beach Blvd.) will accept donations of furniture, clothing, and household goods.

Volunteers and donations are always needed. The reason being is that the charity is an all volunteer organization and have no paid staff. Contributions are needed as well in order to fund the financial assistance or to provide goods for the thrift stores. Additional support comes from individual contributions, St. Paul's Catholic Church, local businesses, Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, and also the Jacksonville Florida based St. Peters Catholic Church.





Furniture programs are offered to the poor and people impacted by a disaster, such as a fire. A key resource is their furniture sales and pick up service. The society and volunteers will pick up used appliances and other items from donors in Duval County. They will then try to deliver the furniture and household goods to families in need of assistance. It can include a bed, crib, baby supplies, and more.

The charity is always asking residents in the Duval County area to donate their gently used furniture and appliances. A good time to do this is when you are moving or relocating. If you can help by either volunteering or contributing goods, then contact a parish above. As indicated, the organization will even come out and pick up the items at your home or apartment. Hundreds of families benefit from the program every year, including senior citizens who are living in Pablo Hamlet and also Pablo Towers.

Project New Hope may be able to assist recently released prisoners and even their families, provided they meet income and other guidelines. St. Vincent Beaches Conference will work with them to help individuals begin a new life with jobs, education, residences, food, and also Hope. There are additional resources made available during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

A number of other services and resources are offered in Jacksonville Florida. Many are done and made available from referrals. For example, sometimes people are faced with a medical emergency, and when this happens the charity may be able to help you find a local clinic. Or some short term cash or grants may be disbursed during this time frame to help you pay for any bills or needs, such as rent or utilities. These services are offered in an effort to help individuals get back on track and regain self-sufficiency.


By Jon McNamara

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