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Society of St. Vincent de Paul assistance programs Montgomery County MD.

St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic organization that works with the disadvantaged community in Montgomery County, Maryland. SVDP is part of the regional Samaritan Center, which is a volunteer driven, faith based charity, that gives out free stuff, shelter, emergency financial help and other support.

The agency collaborates with churches, volunteers and other charitable groups to improve the lives of low-income, poor and homeless persons. St. Vincent de Paul is able to help needy clients meet their basic needs and alleviate crises because the organization’s dedicated workers donate their time and effort to serve the less-fortunate members of the Montgomery County community. Assistance is available to all qualified individuals and families, regardless of religion or race, and all services are provided in confidence.

Limited funds for paying bills, housing, and other living expenses

Montgomery County residents who are facing emergency situations can turn to St. Vincent de Paul as well as local church partners (and the SVDP Samaritan Center) for financial aid. The agency helps clients pay utility bills in order to prevent service disconnection and help people apply for government grants from MEAP, which is the state’s equivalent of LIHEAP.

St. Vincent de Paul also helps clients avoid eviction by offering monetary assistance for rent payments or referrals to section 8 apartments. Additional financial aid may be available for other essential expenses. The organization relies on donations from the community, and accordingly, resources are limited for direct financial support. Persons in need of monetary aid should contact St. Vincent de Paul (see phone number below), as the agency’s workers can provide information in regards to available funds and emergency assistance programs. There are also emergency section 8 HUD vouchers.

Montgomery County MD social services from SVDP

St. Vincent de Paul offers other forms of assistance as well. Intervention and consultation services, individualized counseling, case management and referrals are available. The organization provides food, clothing, furniture, companionship, mentorship and support during the holiday season to struggling individuals and families.

 

 

 

Basic needs are met in Montgomery County. Clients can also obtain gift certificates for food and clothing or even medications, and many churches associated with St. Vincent de Paul operate free food pantries and soup kitchens. The agency supplies prescription medications to clients who are suffering from life-threatening illnesses, and volunteers from St. Vincent de Paul visit homes and hospitals to attend to sick, elderly and physically disabled clients. There are also free community clinics for healthcare in Maryland. Moreover, the organization is a resource for victims of natural disasters, providing assistance for relief and recovery.

Thrift store and free items

The agency manages a thrift store in the region. The store is open to the general public and features gently used clothing, furniture, household goods and other items. All the merchandise, which St. Vincent de Paul acquires through donations, is affordably priced.

Vouchers are offered to income-eligible clients, allowing them to acquire the items that they need for free. St. Vincent de Paul uses all proceeds raised at the thrift store to fund its charitable services. Community members can donate items directly at the store or make arrangements for the organization to pick up donations at their homes.

Thrift stores can be found in Baltimore and all across the metro area. They sell low-cost merchandise, including clothing, vintage items, beds, computers and household goods. If qualified individuals and families cannot afford the merchandise, St. Vincent de Paul distributes vouchers and gift certificates to help such clients obtain essential daily-living items. All the money raised at the thrift stores also help finance the agency’s philanthropic mission in Montgomery County.

St. Vincent de Paul administers a Good Samaritan center that offers a variety of services to clients in need of assistance. This center caters to income-qualified residents of Montgomery County. SVDP also allows the homeless as well as immigrants to drop in for support.

Free hot meals are served on a daily basis, and clothing, hygiene kits and snack packs are available. Clients can access showers as well. The center is a safe location for clients to spend the day, and during the summer, many clients use the center as shelter from the heat. Or they drop by Society of Saint Vincent churches in the winter months for warmth or maybe a blanket.

 

 

 

 

The center also provides mail service for clients who do not have a permanent mailing address, which can be helpful for employment or housing needs. In addition, workers at the center can refer needy individuals to other community resources.

Applying to Society of Saint Vincent in Montgomery County region

This is a regional charity, operating in Montgomery County, Baltimore, and nearby cities and counties. They are part of the Samaritan Center, and dial 410-659-4020 for referrals.

By Jon McNamara

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