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Knox County St. Vincent de Paul assistance programs.

Regardless of your religion, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul may be able to assist, provided other qualifications are met. A number of churches, conferences, and Vincentia’s (or volunteers) operate across Knox County Tennessee and surrounding towns and cities. They are focused on assisting the poor, low income, and those among us that are struggling. Both short term, crisis assistance may be offered along with longer term self-sufficiency.

Whenever possible, members of the Knox County charity show their commitment through person-to-person contact. The agency will offer qualified individuals any form of help that alleviates deprivation, suffering and that in general promotes human dignity.

All of the members and conferences of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Conference are committed to serving members of the community. Vincentians and others offer outreach, case management, financial support and kindness/prayer. The charity is active in a number of Knox County church ministries. The Vincentians that are part of the charity organization seek out and find those in need. This includes seniors, the “forgotten“, homeless, and the victims of exclusion or adversity.

One of the services in high demand is for rent, utility bill, and food assistance. This is some of the basic needs that anyone from the community needs. So the society will try to help qualified families in the form of a partial payment for those, or other bills. However this is very limited as funding levels are constrained.

Affordable and gently used clothes are offered at St. Vincent thrift stores in Tennessee. Some of the goods in highest demand include shoes, winter coats, hats and gloves, and of course school supplies and uniforms. The demand for items around Christmas, such as toys, is also very high.

Many residents in Knox County donate used household items or other supplies, such as clothing, furniture, or small appliances. These donated items are then made available in local thrift stores if they are in decent condition. The money raised from the sale of goods is used to pay for the financial assistance programs.




As with any charity program, resources are limited. If Saint Vincent can’t meet your needs, they may provide referrals to other aid resources and non-profits in Knox County Tennessee. This can even include government benefits and places to apply for programs such as food stamps.

Donations and fund raisers are available. Volunteers are needed for these as well. In some years, St. Vincent will raise thousands of dollars from grocery certificate sales, poor boxes, bake sales, and resource guide sales. All of this money is used to support their charitable giving programs.

Help for seniors is offered as well. This can include visits to their Knoxville area home or a nursing facility. Low cost meals may also be delivered. The charity may also provide prayer blankets for those in the hospital or suffering serious illnesses or a medical condition.

Seasonal assistance may be available from special programs. This can include Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Fund raisers and other drives may be organized. The charity and its partner churches help needy families and their children have some form of holiday joy.

Meetings are held a couple times per month. Anyone from the community who is interested in learning about their programs or volunteering can attend. In addition, if you need help, those individuals can also attend. During these sessions they also sell grocery certificates and publish the Parish Resource Guide.





Apply for SVDP programs

Society of Saint Vincent in Knox County is located at 620 N Cedar Bluff Rd., Knoxville, TN 37923 865-531-0770. Or try the parish at 633 St. John Court, Farragut, Tennessee 37934. For more information, dial (865) 966-4540.

By Jon McNamara

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