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St. Vincent de Paul assistance programs Ramsey County and Saint Paul.

A leading charity in Ramsey County is the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. A few churches make up the faith based charity, but they help people of all races, religions, and backgrounds. Whether emergency financial help for heating bills or rent, free vouchers for furniture or winter clothes, access to a low cost thrift store or other aid, the St. Paul St. Vincent can assist.

The sell of items at the thrift store funds most of their financial aid services. Any monetary support, such as for housing, gasoline, or medical needs, is rate. But the Ramsey County St. Vincent de Paul does their best to help the vulnerable.

Services for the poor

The thrift store as well as Emergency Homeless Shelter are two of the main services from Ramsey County Society of St. Vincent de Paul. One is for the homeless to stay in of course, safe, and get a meal, and that is the homeless shelter in Saint Paul.

The other option, the low cost thrift store, sells furniture, good used clothing, kitchen appliances, tables and household items at what many consider to be very reasonable prices. In some cases, mostly an emergency, the team distribute free Thrift Store vouchers so that clients can shop for the household items or clothing they need at no cost to them. In addition, some of the money raised from the sale of goods at the Saint Paul St. Vincent thrift store can be used to pay bills, rent, or even acquire medical equipment such as medications.

This center relies on the greater St. Paul and Ramsey County community. So in effect the Thrift Store welcomes donations of gently used items in salable condition. There is a window of time to do this though, so the staff at Society of Saint Vincent de Paul ask that those wishing to make donations to the location call in advance for donation hours. There may also be some larger supplies that people want to bring to the store. In those cases, a free pick-up and delivery service of large furniture items is available. There is a limited region this covers, but the pick up can be scheduled through the store.




Anyone shopping there at the thrift store is also doing a good deed for the community. As the money spent at the Thrift Store community support the services, homeless shelter and financial aid program. So the shoppers are not only picking up low cost items they need for their household, but they are also giving back to the less fortunate.

Food and free meal programs

Client choice model Food Shelves are available on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. There are also volunteers as well as health professionals that offer nutritional education to individuals and families. There are also coupons services too. Also Saint Vincent de Paul soup kitchens also serve hot meals, lunches, or breakfasts.

The pantries are open when stocked, and the hours of availability will change throughout the month, partly based on donation levels too. The pantries help the needy by offering them free food, groceries, cleaning supplies and other personal care items.

This Ramsey County St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen and pantry operates as a client choice center, which allows people the ability to only take the specific food that they need for their families and that they will eat. They also help clients shop, save money, cook healthy and price shop using coupons. This cuts back on waste and also empowers the client. Or find places for free grocery shopping coupons.





When seeking to use the Saint Vincent Paul Minnesota pantry, minimal paperwork is required as part of the application process. But be prepared with proof of income, residents, and information on household members. Most people can use the pantry once per month, but exceptions can be made in a crisis or for the vulnerable, such as senior citizens in the area.

Apply for St. Vincent De Paul services in Saint Paul and the county

There are a couple churches that can offer emergency or long term help. They include Cathedral of St. Vincent Saint Paul, 239 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55102 (phone 651.228.1766) as well as the thrift store at 461 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102. Call (651) 227-1332.

By Jon McNamara


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