St. Vincent de Paul assistance of Marion and Polk County.

Assistance ranging from food to financial assistance is available in Polk and Marion County Oregon from the St. Vincent de Paul organization. Most of the aid is offered in an emergency when an individual has no other options. Grants and funds can pay for food, rent, utilities, heating bills, and more. Call or stop by the Society St. Vincent de Paul for more details on their programs.

Emergency assistance programs are offered, and are wide ranging. They can include rental and utility bill assistance, Sack Lunch Program for the hungry and homeless, clothing Assistance for children and homeless, and food. The charity works with the less fortunate, seniors, unemployed, and others who are struggling.

The Society of St. Vincent also operates one of the largest food banks in Marion County and the Mid-Willamette Valley. Volunteers and specialists at the centers can direct people to programs that can help them pay rent and utilities, or offer food, canned goods, and holiday meals. The food centers will do what they can to help the needy with meeting their basic needs, including offering referrals.

The food bank works with local charities and non-profits as well, including the Marion County and Polk Food Share organizations as well as through local donations and contributions from people in the community. Donations of canned or boxed food items are always accepted at their donation sites as well as both of their retail stores. In total the organization will usually assist more than 600 families a month and will provide them free food and other critical support.

If you use the services at the Society St. Vincent de Paul pantry, you will be able to select your own canned goods or grocery items, so you have the ability and flexibility to select the items that are best for you and your family. What this does is this approach is more like shopping in a supermarket, it helps people maintain their dignity, and it also decreases wasted food items.





As indicated, donations are always needed and appreciated. In the past these donations have allowed thousands of people to receive some form of financial or food assistance, and thousands of families, children and seniors have been able to receive help in the form of food, clothing, or other support. Donors from Marion County Oregon and other regions have helped St. Vincent meet the emergency financial needs of the families and individuals who abruptly lost their job. Other types of beneficiaries have been grandparents who were suddenly asked to raise grandchildren, people stretching unemployment funds; senior citizens who live on fixed incomes, the disabled and more. Many people who ask for food were hit by an unexpected expense, such as medical or prescription drug costs that force them to dip into their rent and utility funds. Your financial donation to St. Vincent de Paul of Mid-Willamette Valley is always greatly appreciated, and it gives emergency assistance as a safety net to thousands of families.

Other services offered to those facing poverty include person to person outreach, financial contributions in aid, clothing, home visits, and advocacy. Or get help in applying for government resources such as food stamps or Medicaid. In addition, the two retail stores in Salem Oregon are both a source for employment training and fulltime work. People can work or volunteer there, and it can help people with previous barriers to employment.

The Society St. Vincent de Paul Emergency Services Office can be reached at (503) 364-5672, and is located at 3745 Portland Road NE, Salem, Oregon.




By Jon McNamara

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