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Wichita and Sedgwick County St. Vincent de Paul assistance programs.

The Sedgwick County Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is made up of volunteers and churches, with a focus on the Wichita area. Based on donations, home visits by volunteers of SVDP, and funding, there may be free basic needs offered, financial help, dog or human food, counseling and more. Blessed Sacrament of Wichita as well as St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church are the main parish that is involved, but they are also made up on many volunteers.

Some of the assistance is offered directly by St. Vincent in Wichita, but much of it is from referrals. As the Society works with many local charities in Sedgwick County, including the Working Men of Christ Ministry, Guadalupe Clinic (for medical or dental), Interfaith ministries, volunteer car repair shops and others. Anyone applying for assistance needs to have a Saint Vincent member perform a home visit.

Free material goods from Saint Vincent in Wichita

Low income eligible households, or those facing a crisis, may receive free vouchers, boxes of groceries, or basic needs from Sedgwick County St. Vincent de Paul. Depending on what the family needs, and what has been donated to the free food pantry or thrift store, what may be provided is as following.

For school or work needs, there can be clothing, uniforms, or notebooks for children. This is part of what the non-profit does to help families gain self-sufficiency. When it comes to general household items (such as furniture, appliances, beds, or cribs) those are usually sold at the thrift store. There may be soap, detergent, household cleaning supplies, and other free personal hygiene goods too. This is a major focus – providing free personal care items. There is also the Giving Tree, which is a free Christmas toy, food, and gift program for families as well as children.

Wichita SVDP staff will also be involved in screening people for assistance available for state of Kansas benefits. While the pantry can meet short term needs, many low income families may be available for SNAP food stamps or WIC vouchers. This screening process will even include assessments for low income housing or emergency heating bill or rent help. Or find other details on public assistance in Kansas.





Staff from the non-profit provide the locations to apply at for aid and go over eligibility standards. When going down this path, people need to provide proof of Sedgwick County residency (lease/mortgage), copies of utility bills, documentation for at least 90 days of income, and proof of household members. So a number of social service programs are reviewed.

SVDP financial help, medical, and job programs in Sedgwick County

Saint Vincent offers Emergency Services as well as gives referrals. The resources include Rent/Mortgage Payments, Temporary Shelter, Utility Payments, free Food/Meals, Free Household goods, as well as Transportation programs. They also partner with trusted, local mechanics in Wichita for car repairs. The Society of Saint Vincent works to try to furnish financial and other assistance to the needy who qualify and have a crisis.

The funds are intended prevent eviction as well as help tenants or homeowners maintain utility services. The money can prevent homelessness and provide free food boxes as well as hot meals. Or Saint Vincent works on employment needs, including transportation, clothing, or work supplies. There are also referrals to such resources as free cars from charities for work. Support is one time only.

There are conditions in place as well. The emergency services are available based upon reason for financial crisis, financial need, and an individual’s or family’s ability to make future payments for their bills. Everything is also income based, and eligibility from Society of Saint Vincent for this assistance also requires passage of a test for drug use.

Self-sufficiency is a focus of Saint Vincent de Paul in Wichita as well. This is where the faith based charity provides help for clients so they can get back to work, or find a new job or skills. Or they help clients understand housing, offer budgeting tips, coupons, or savings for families. The aim is on fiscal stability. Free backpacks for kids (as a form of school supplies) are passed out as well.





Applying to Saint Vincent de Paul in Wichita

The main, primary church is Blessed Sacrament of Wichita and a secondary location is St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church. As noted, they offer some of their own direct assistance. Or they give referrals to other social services and programs. St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church is based at 3642 N Ridge Rd., Wichita, KS 67205, call (316) 425-0595. Or try The Church of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church at 124 N Roosevelt, Wichita, KS 67208. Call 316-682-4557.

By Jon McNamara

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