Palm Beach County Society of St. Vincent de Paul assistance programs.

Existing clients of Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Palm Beach, with a proven hardship, may be able to qualify for financial help. Any assistance from the charity is available as a hand-up, and applicants should not approach this program as being a “free” hand-up of cash. Applicants for any rent, medical, or energy bill help will need to go through a strict assessment process, and some families may even be issued a loan.

There are some additional services that are more readily available, and these include the use of the thrift store and food pantry. While conditions as well as limits of usage have been put into place, more struggling families from Palm Beach County can turn to those resources.

Emergency financial help for bills, housing, medical and other expenses

Palm Beach County St. Vincent de Paul assistance Homeless Assistance Programs offer support and outreach. There may be funds for paying rent, security deposits, electric or water bills, or a partial mortgage payment. There are resources for homeless families, veterans, youth, and adults through a combination of city programs and contracted services provided by area community providers as well as churches.

To minimize risk during summer and winter, respite is arranged. This includes the giving essential items to those who are living on the streets. The homeless in Palm Beach County may be given free water, hats, hygiene items, sunscreen, blankets, boots for snow, shoes, and seasonal clothing. Or additional financial help may be issued for cooling bills or rent.

Society of Saint Vincent will always try to place people into the Palm Beach area Emergency Shelter. This is a program for homeless single women, single moms and families. Guests are given a hot meals, laundry facilities, clothing, basic or dental health care, behavioral health services, housing resources, and case management. This is all offered in addition to furnishing a place to sleep in the shelter.

 

 

 

 

The non-profit community clinic in Palm Beach County is a partner of SVDP of Palm Beach County. Together they work to serve as key partners in helping indigent, low-income families receive free or low cost healthcare. At the local clinics in Palm Beach County, health care professionals (including nurses or doctors) volunteer their time, office and skills for needy individuals and may provide them with the following care.

There is Pharmaceutical assistance from vouchers; Free or low cost medical and dental visits to clinics in Florida as well as diagnostic tests; and for those with complicated needs there is information and referrals to specialists, hospitals, as well as other nearby Palm Beach County community health agencies.

To use the clinics, note that staff do offer Spanish language interpretation. Applicants need to also have a limited income and be medically uninsured. Services are offered at mobile offices that Society of Saint Vincent is aware of and also throughout the County.

Many of the financial assistance programs from the Saint Vincent churches are combined with case management, guidance, and self-sufficiency. One such program is helping clients get Alternative Education, or GED. SVDP will give the client access to a certified instructor. The person works one-on-one with each student, letting the student set the pace as he or she progresses toward earning a High School Equivalency certificate. This free program serves income-eligible students, aged 16 and up, through 80 or older.

 

 

 

 

The Saint Vincent commitment to the student extends into offering low interest loans to pay for testing fees or certification, depending on funding availability. There are also resources around budgeting, saving money, finding a job, and overcoming financial hardships.

SVDP Palm Beach County food, clothes, and thrift stores

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul food pantry receives donations (with some occasional financial support) from a variety of sources, individuals, and even businesses. The center gets help from Feeding America Network of Food Banks, the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), local churches, charity drives, as well as the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). There are also constant donations from across Palm Beach County as well as food drives coordinated by area businesses and individuals.

Qualified low income or struggling “visitors” to the Saint Vincent de Paul food pantry are provided with a three-day supply of groceries. Thousands of people from the county get help each year from SVDP churches. The location will provide the client with a nutritional balance of the major food groups, including fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, and more. The location can serve as a place to get short-term emergency food assistance.

Society of Saint Vincent Charity Resale Shop and Consignment store as well as the low cost thrift store is a location that sells gently used goods. Or very low income families can get free items, including clothes or furniture. It sells clothing, household supplies, and it also operates as a furniture thrift store that is open to the public. There are two ways to use the site.

  • Qualified, low income clients are eligible to shop with vouchers for buying free clothing and furniture. There are also items such as free car seats for low income parents, baby goods and similar stuff.
  • Others can drop in and need to buy the items at the “retail” pricing, but since it is a thrift store the prices are much lower.

All of the sales from the store (“Revenue”) supports the operation of the Society of Saint Vincent assistance programs. So the money pays for the food pantry, social service programs, rent programs, and other general operating costs listed above. The stores rely on donations of goods from the public and are also staffed by volunteers who test electronics, hang clothing, mark the items for sale, sort and price merchandise, and ring the cash registers.

Locations of Society of Saint Vincent de Paul parishes in Palm Beach County

There are multiple locations that people can turn to for help. Or shop at thrift stores. Each charity has their own terms, conditions, as well as resources to provide. The main locations are as follows.

 

 

 

St. Vincent Palm Beach is at 2560 Westgate Ave in West Palm Beach, FL 33409. The intake and phone number is (561) 252-5754. There is another SVDP at 6801 Lake Worth Rd. Greenacres, FL 33467. Phone (561) 697-9699. The last location for financial help, free items and low cost thrift stores is 10970 Jack Nicklaus Drive, North Palm Beach, FL  33408. Main number is 561-626-1873.

 

By Jon McNamara

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