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Nassau and Suffolk St. Vincent de Paul assistance programs.

Emergency assistance may be offered or coordinated by St. Vincent De Paul in Nassau and Suffolk County Long Island. Mot of the aid is offered as a last resort and after applicants have explored and applied for all other resources. The charity also works closely with local churches and other organizations to coordinate care for the less fortunate.

Some or all of the the following may be offered for individuals who are faced with a crisis. Look into financial assistance and help for needs such as these.

  • Utilities, including winter heating bills and summer cooling costs for those with a medical condition, including seniors.
  • Rental, mortgage and temporary housing for residents facing eviction or foreclosure.
  • Emergency food boxes may be offered by St. Vincent. Many local churches on Long Island will also serve hot meals or snacks to the hungry.
  • Medical assistance including medications and/or dental prescriptions.
  • Legal support and help with reduced fees, especially for immigrants and the elderly.
  • Transportation assistance. This can include rides for seniors to doctor appointments or maybe vouchers for gasoline to people seeking a job.
  • Burials and funeral cost assistance for people who reside on Long Island.
  • Basic needs, which can include gently used clothing, furniture, school supplies, household items, and toys during Christmas.
  • Counseling and mentoring is always offered by St. Vincent de Paul. It can deal with issues such as pregnancy, employment counseling, and more.

Many of these resources are known as Family Assistance on Long Island. These various assistance programs are generally provided to families and individuals who are experiencing some form of financial crisis and turn to St. Vincent for help. Generally, the members of the Nassau and Suffolk County community who receive assistance from the charity need a one-time payment to help with overdue rent, an unpaid utility bill, a medical cost or some other financial obligation that they cannot honor. However, Conferences may choose to help with any financial or other need that they encounter. The financial aid and support that St. Vincent provides to the needy helps the individual or family through a difficult period. They can get help maintaining their dignity despite their circumstances.




A short term transitional and emergency housing program for the homeless is known as Anthony House. While an individual stays at the center they will be able to sign up for and be exposed to St. Vincent programs, case management and more. Some employment assistance may be provided as well.

Free beds and linens may be offered by the St. Vincent Sweet Dreams Bed Program. Assistance is for qualified families and individuals so that they may receive new, clean beds free of charge. The Sweet Dreams program on Log Island is very flexible in that beds can be provided to an entire family or one person. This will be partly determined based on the case worker’s recommendation as well as the individuals need.

Society Thrift Stores are available for working families on Long Island. The numerous thrift stores in the region, including in Suffolk County, provide an economical alternative to shopping at the mall or other retail chains. Many bargain hunters also shop there in order to find quality merchandise. The stores may sell fairly new or maybe even antique furniture staples such as dressers, beds and sofas. The stores will also have other items such as clothing, school supplies, backpacks, and more. Donations are always needed as well as volunteers to work there, so please contribute if you can.

Locations of Saint Vincent de Paul centers on Long Island

While numerous churches and centers are in the region, the main centers are as follows.

  • 2160 Jericho Turnpike, Garden City Park, NY, dial (516) 746-8250
  • 1705 Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY, telephone (631) 858-0380
  • St. Vincent at 249 Broadway, Bethpage, New York, dial (516) 822-3132
  • 430 Mill Rd, Coram, dial (631) 698-0284
  • 1425 New York Ave., Huntington Station, New York (631) 385-1226



By Jon McNamara

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