Assistance from St. Vincent in Santa Clara California.

Assistance programs offered by the St Vincent De Paul Society Of Santa Clara, their churches and volunteers are extensive. The charity organization supports people of all religions and backgrounds, and can offer financial assistance, free food, help paying for basic needs, and spiritual guidance. Dozens of churches and hundreds of volunteers work with the Society in the Santa Clara and the San Jose California region.

The services and assistance programs offered by a local conference will vary. However each location is focused on serving those in need, including low income seniors, families with children, and the most vulnerable in society and Santa Clara County. Some of the primary assistance programs administered are below.

Type of financial help and free items from Saint Vincent de Paul parishes

  • Emergency Services and financial aid is offered by St. Vincent of Santa Clara. This resource is run by an all volunteer group within the parish churches. While limited, it can provide financial assistance for paying bills such as rent, electric, utilities, food, and other basic needs. A home visit is often required.
  • The Day Worker Program, can help low-income, underemployed, and lower skilled, mostly immigrant men find temporary work in the region.
  • Another job program is Vocation Mentoring. This can assist people by helping them acclimate to the job market in northern California. Among other services it will provide them with a long-term mentor volunteer.
  • In-Kind Distribution offers automobiles, free clothing, furniture, household items, food and other basic necessities to the needy.
  • Housing referrals. The society of Saint Vincent tries to help with referrals to affordable housing, homeless shelters in Santa Clara County, as well as rent or mortgage programs.





Much of what the parishes will do is give out “in-kind goods”, which is really free or low cost stuff. This can help a low to moderate income family get established, as it free up their income for paying other bills. St. Vincent in Santa Clara County relies on donations for this. Also find a wide variety of other free goods.

Those programs listed above are really the heart and soul of churches and St. Vincent de Paul in Santa Clara County. Through partnerships with these local churches, so called Vincentians make the traditional home visit to the needy in order to provide free food, clothing, holiday support, furniture, applications for financial aid, and mentoring. People give their time, energy, and much more to the community. Donations are always appreciated as well. No act of charity or service is foreign to the Society.





Society of Saint Vincent De Paul can support local churches and enhance their service to the needy by undertaking and operating non-profit business ventures which are guided by Catholic social teaching. Specialists and volunteers can also facilitate the work of Conferences, churches, and other charities by helping them develop supportive organizational structures.

The main center is in San Jose. Other conferences and churches to call around Santa Clara are below. You may need to leave a message and a return phone number when calling for help.

Note that the exact types of assistance will vary by church and location. The above listing is only an example of what may be provided. Each center relies heavily on both volunteers and donations to keep operating, so not all requests will be able to be fulfilled. For more information on food, clothing, or financial aid, call the main referral line for the Santa Clara county area at (866) 896-3587.

Locations of Santa Clara County Society of Saint Vincent de Paul

There are a number of churches and parishes in the county. They are part of the St. Vincent parishes. Some offer emergency funds for paying bills or housing costs, such as rent. Others only offer basic needs, whether that is free clothes, bus passes for work, or a low cost thrift store. They also focus on an immediate region, so families should contact the St. Vincent that is near them in Santa Clara County.

North Santa Clara County

Our Lady of Peace, Santa Clara serves zip codes of 95054, 95117, 95002.
Resurrection, Sunnyvale serves zip code of 94087.
St. Athanasius, Mountain View is for 94039, 94043, 94040.
St. Cyprian, Sunnyvale California. Zip code = 94086.
St. Joseph, Mountain View California covers zip code of 94041.
St. Lawrence, Santa Clara. 95051, 95050 zip codes.
St. Martin, Sunnyvale helps the low income in zip codes of 94086, 94087, 94089.
St. Simon, Los Altos. 94024, 94040.
St. Thomas Aquinas, Palo Alto California is for residents in zip codes 94301, 94306.
Holy Korean Martyrs, Sunnyvale, 94089.

Central Santa Clara County St. Vincent Conferences

Queen of Apostles, San Jose covers 95117, 95129 zip codes.
Sacred Heart, Saratoga. 95070.
St. Clare, Santa Clara. Zip codes are 95050, 9505.
St. Frances Cabrini, San Jose, 95124.
St. Leo, San Jose. 95126, 95128.
St. Lucy, Campbell St Vincent is for people in 95008.
St. Martin of Tours, San Jose, 95128, 95126 zip.
St. Mary, Los Gatos, zip codes are 95030, 95032.





Santa Clara South/East County Conferences

Christ the King of San Jose is for people in 95111, 95138.
Holy Family, San Jose, 95136.
St. Catherine, Morgan Hill California. Zips are 95037.
St. Elizabeth, Milpitas, zip is 95035.
St. John Vianney, San Jose is for people in 95127, 95148.
St. Victor, San Jose, 95132, 95131.

By Jon McNamara

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