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New Orleans St. Vincent de Paul assistance programs.

Churches as well as parishes across New Orleans Louisiana are part of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul organization for Orleans parish. They provide the low income, poor, seniors, and others with a number of social services and emergency assistance. Depending on resources and funding levels, what may be available is a Community Pharmacy, food, funds for utilities, shelter, and other services.

Many churches and volunteers are part of St. Vincent. They assist the poor and less fortunate. If a parish can’t meet your needs, referrals may be offered. Some of the resources available are below.

Low cost thrift stores at Society of St. Vincent De Paul (SVDP)

Thrift Stores are available to the general public. Please donate if you can. The centers will sell items such as gently used clothing, Christmas gifts, coats, and school supplies. Anyone from the New Orleans or nearby parishes can shop there. The goods sold will be gently used, but high quality and affordable.

In a crisis, Society of Saint Vincent de Paul wll give out free items, or vouchers, from the thrift store. Maybe a women fleeing violence, someone in which their house burned down, etc. can qualify. The Thrift Store service is for a crisis only.

Financial help from Orleans Parish SVDP

Emergency assistance is very limited. When funding is available, assistance may be offered for utility bills or rent if it will prevent homelessness. Other aid in New Orleans may include food boxes, meals, and groceries. Volunteers also give referrals,  including too public benefits, cash aid, SNAP food stamp, disability and more. Learn more on getting getting Louisiana public assistance benefits.

Most of the New Orleans area emergency financial assistance programs use money from the thrift store (see above). Those funds are then used to help low income families with their bills, or to keep the operations of the SVDP running.




Case management and employment services

The social workers from St. Vincent want to end the cycle of poverty and homelessness. They realize that education and employment is the key to doing this. So they coordinate education programs (GED) via the SVdP Adult Learning Center and have information on job training programs in Louisiana.

The indigent may receive burial and funeral assistance. Qualified poor families will need to request use of indigent plots via the New Orleans Archdiocesan Cemeteries. This is only for local residents and it can pay for cremation costs and related bills. State of Louisiana can also help the very low income pay for funerals, whether burial, cremation, or related bills. Learn more on free cremation services for low income families

Free medical and dental care in New Orleans Parish

A so called Community Pharmacy is available. The medications provided by the society serves one of the most vulnerable segments of the New Orleans Louisiana community. That is the sick, indigent, and elderly who live on a fixed income and cannot afford needed prescription medications that are prescribed by their physician.

Many of the people that receive low cost or free prescription drugs are men, women, seniors and children who, because of their lack of insurance and/or inability to have prescriptions filled, may face more serious chronic illnesses or conditions than was originally diagnosed.

The Community Pharmacy may be able to help. It relies on donations of medicines and funds from the medical and pharmaceutical communities, doctors, non-medical and pharmaceutical businesses. Many individuals also contribute to its operations. All of these groups and people work together to provide necessary prescribed medicines free of charge for people who cannot pay for the medications on their own.





A Disease State Management Program is also offered as part of the pharmacy services. This will offer education (in particular diabetes assistance) to clients. People from the community can get information about their disease state and also gain hands on experience as they learn how to monitor their condition.

St. Vincent conferences in New Orleans area

Some of the main churches are listed below. Or people can dial 504-940-5031 to find out if there's a more convenient St. Vincent de Paul conference or church parish in your town or neighborhood. While resources are limited each center will do its best to help the less fortunate.

St. Peter Claver, 1923 St. Phillip St., zip code 70116-2199, call 504-822-8059
Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, 3053 Dauphine St. NOLA 70117-6724, dial 504-943-5560
Corpus Christi/Epiphany, 2022 St. Bernard Ave., zip code 70116-1388, phone 504-945-8931
Our Lady of Guadalupe is based at 411 N. Rampart St. in the zip code of 70112-3594. Call 504-525-1551
St. Augustine, 1210 Gov. Nicholls St., New Orleans, 70116-2324, 504-651-5417
St. Louis Cathedral, 615 Pere Antoine Alley NOLA 70116-3291, 504-525-9585
St. David, 5617 St. Claude Ave. NOLA 70117-2533, 504-947-2853

St. Agnes is located at 3310 Jefferson Hwy. Jefferson, LA 70121-2619, dial 504-833-3366
St. Benilde, 1901 Division St. Metairie, LA 70001-2798, dial 504-834-4980
St. Catherine of Siena, 105 Bonnabel Blvd. Metairie, LA 70005-3736, 504-835-9343
St. Edward the Confessor, 4921 W. Metairie Ave. Metairie, LA 70001-4466, 504-888-0703
St. Francis Xavier is based at 444 Metairie Rd. Metairie, LA 70005-4371. Call 504-834-0340
St. Mathew the Apostle, 10021 Jefferson Hwy. River Ridge, LA 70123-2498, 504-737-4537
St. Rita, 7100 Jefferson Hwy. Harahan, LA 70123-4928, 504-737-2915
Our Lady of the Rosary, 1322 Moss St. NOLA 70119-2903, 504-488-2659
St. Dominic, 775 Harrison Ave. NOLA 70124-3192, 504-482-4156
St. Raymond/St. Leo the Great, 2916 Paris Ave. NOLA 70119-1840, dial the church at 504-945-8750
St. Pius X, 6666 Spanish Fort Blvd. NOLA 70124-4398, 504-282-3332
Good Shepherd, 1025 Napoleon Ave. NOLA 70115-2898, telephone 504-899-1378
Holy Name of Jesus, 6367 St. Charles Ave. NOLA 70118, 504-865-7430
St. Joan of Arc/Blessed Sacrament, 8321 Burthe St. NOLA 70118-1195, 504-866-7330
St. Joseph, 1802 Tulane Ave. NOLA 70112-2246, call 504-522-3186
Mary Queen of Peace, 1501 W. Causeway Approach Mandeville -70471-3047, 985-626-6977
Our Lady of the Lake. Address is 312 Lafitte St. Mandeville-70448-0584, 985-626-5671
St. Genevieve, 58203 Hwy. 433 Slidell-70460-3121, 985-643-3832
St. Jane de Chantal, P.O. Box 1870 Abita Springs-70420-1870, 985-892-1439
St. Peter church, 125 East 19th Ave. Covington-70433, call 985-892-2422 for information
Christ the King, 535 Deerfield Rd. Terrytown-70056-2899, 504-361-1500
Immaculate Conception, 4401 Seventh St. Marrero-70072-2099, 504-341-9516





Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 8968 Hwy. 23 Belle Chasse-70037-2296, main phone 504-394-0314
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, 146 Fourth St. Westwego-70093, call 504-341-9522
St. Mark River Road, P.O. Box 556 Ama, LA 70031-0556, main phone 504-431-8505
Visitation of Our Lady, 3500 Ames Blvd. Marrero-70072-5699, 504-347-2203


By Jon McNamara

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