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Orange County California St. Vincent De Paul assistance programs.

Social services and emergency assistance can be provided by the Society of St. Vincent De Paul in Orange County. Several churches and many volunteers donate their time and money to help the less fortunate. A wide range of services are administered. Some resources may provide financial aid for basic needs such as housing or utilities. However a number of other assistance programs will provide food, clothing, case management, and information on self-sufficiency such as job training.

Friends Outside is for families who have had a member incarcerated. The program provides clothing, free food, access to a job referral agency, family support services and youth activities after and during the incarceration period. 714-542-0448.

Children from extremely low income households may be able to qualify for the Summer Camp Program. It is run in partnership with the Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation, Los Angeles Times Family Fund, churches, and the various St. Vincent de Paul Parish Conferences in Orange County.

Toys for Tots is offered between Orange County (Operation Santa Claus), The U S Marine Corps, Fireman's Association, private donations, the Spark of Love and of course by St. Vincent de Paul. It will collect and deliver free toys and gifts to low income children during the holiday's and Christmas. Toys for Tots only serves the less fortunate of the towns and cities in Orange County California. Immigrants and non-English speakers can apply too. Read more on how Christmas assistance programs work.

Information and referrals are always offered. For example, get locations and addresses of thrift stores and clothing closets in Orange County and southern California. They work with Goodwill Industries and the Salvation Army, among other non-profit charities. Call 1-800-974-3571.

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County is also a leading non-profit that works with the local churches and St. Vincent. The food banks is at 8014 Marine Way in Irvine, CA 92618. Call (949) 653-2900 for intake. Programs will address hunger, assist with the development of resources to increase awareness of the hunger problem. It also offers volunteer opportunities to individuals in the community.

General assistance is offered. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's of Orange County's purposes is to provide tangible assistance to the poor and needy. They are one of the key charities in the US that does this.




This aid may come in the form of money for paying for basic needs (such as rent or utilities), intervention, consultation, and referrals. Direct financial support is more limited due to lack of resources and donations. All services are offered in confidence.

The Society forms conferences across the state. While Catholic in nature, people of all religions and races can apply for help. The groups are formed in an effort to support lower income persons and families in their immediate neighborhood.

There are many services provided by these churches and conferences. Additional examples of the aid and support administered is as follows.

  • Volunteers will organize home and hospital visits to the sick, poor, elderly, and physically challenged.
  • Gift Certificates are available for items like food or clothing.
  • Many St. Vincent churches have food pantries and soup kitchens on site.
  • Person-to-person counseling and case management is offered. As an example, learn about rental assistance for emergencies in orange County.
  • The conferences of course may have financial aid to individuals who live in Orange County. The funds are used to address emergency situations. For example, if someone is faced with a disconnection apply for utility help. Rental assistance is offered for eviction prevention. Patients with a life threatening illness may get medications.
  • Disaster relief and recovery assistance is offered too. Saint Vincent will organize resources for victims of natural disasters in southern California.

St. Vincent Orange County churches

Holy Family Cathedral, Orange, call (714) 239-5762 for hours
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Newport Beach, phone (949) 673-3137
Santa Clara de Asis, Yorba Linda, (714) 970-7885
Santiago de Compostela, Lake Forest, (949) 460-4220
St. Anne, Santa Ana, (714) 542-8200
St. Anthony Claret, Anaheim, (714) 563-1652
Saint Catherine of Siena, Laguna Beach, main number is (949) 494-9701
St. Columban, Garden Grove, (714) 539-9133
St. Edward, Dana Point, (949) 496-1307
St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton, Irvine, dial (949) 854-1000
St. Hedwig, Los Alamitos, (562) 296-9000
St. Joachim, Costa Mesa, (949) 574-7400
St. John The Baptist, Costa Mesa, telephone - (714) 284-9190





St. Joseph, Placentia, (714) 579-3700
St. Joseph Church, Santa Ana, (714) 550-7101
Juliana Falconieri, Fullerton, (714) 879-1965
St. Justin Martyr, Anaheim, phone (714) 284-0405
St. Mary, Fullerton, (714) 525-2500
Saint Mary's By The Sea, Huntington Beach, (714) 536-6913
St. Nicholas, Laguna Hills, (949) 837-1090
St. Philip Benizi, Fullerton, call (714) 871-9317 for intake
St. Pius V, Buena Park, (714) 522-6820
St. Polycarp, Stanton, (714)890-5203
Simon & Jude, Huntington Beach, (714)964-5818
St. Timothy, Laguna Niguel, call the church at (949) 249-4091
St. Thomas More, Irvine, (949)551-8601
Huntington Beach St. Vincent de Paul, telephone number is (714)842-3000


By Jon McNamara


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