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Solano County St. Vincent de Paul SVDP assistance programs.

SVDP churches in Solano County help the poor, low income, unemployed, and disadvantaged. There is everything from a few dollars to pay bills to guidance, counseling, and free stuff. Volunteers from across Solano County offer support, and donations are also used to keep the SVDP charity operating.

Any assistance is one time only to address the immediate crisis. In addition, in most cases, volunteers (also known as Vincentians) will need to visit the home of the applicant to discuss their exact needs as well as understand the cause of the crisis. Financial help for bills, housing, and other costs is limited – applicants will generally be given free support instead. They operate from Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Fairfield as well as St Dominic’s Catholic Church in Benicia.

Society of Saint Vincent financial aid in Solano County

This is paid for using (1) donations from the community (2) fund raisers such as back sales (3) sell of goods (clothes, furniture, vintage items, records, electronics, etc.) from the thrift store. That money is then used to help needy, qualified families in Solano County.

When applying for a cash grant or loan, be sure to bring proof of income, identification, and copy of bills and payment history. For example, St Vincent de Paul will require a copy of the lease, utility bill, or prescription from the doctor. Or bring copy of job offer if need a free gas card for work or clothes. Or no matter what the financial need, bring proof to Solano County SVDP.

There may be examples of other bills paid. They can be extensive. Clients of Society of Saint Vincent may be given money for their housing costs – rent, utilities, or mortgages. There may be job related expenses paid, such as for gasoline, car repairs, or work clothes. In rare cases some medical costs can be paid, including medications, access to free CPAP machines, equipment like crutches or something else. As noted, almost all this form of emergency financial assistance is based on donations or the money from the thrift store.





Free stuff in Solano County from SVDP

This is the most common type of assistance that is offered by the charity. Donations from the community are given to anyone is need. The most common type of support offered is free food, namely groceries. This can be used to feed a family or individual. Get either canned or perishable food. There may be Ensure for senior citizens or the elderly, snacks for kids, hot meals for the homeless.

The free stuff is basic needs oriented. This means groceries (for nutrition) or clothes for work or school. Or immigrants in Solano County can get help in getting free identification or work permits. Or SVDP gives other free stuff based on the clients need and circumstances.

Thrift store in Solano County from Saint Vincent de Paul

This is maybe the main resource offered. It sells gently used goods for the general public. People donate to the store. Then those goods are sold. The items sold by Solano County SVDP thrift store will be gently used. All sorts of goods may be sold based on donations. There may be furniture for a living room, such as a couch, bed, table, sofa, or end table. Kitchen stuff may be sold, including pots and pans, utensils, microwaves, blenders, or appliances. Bedroom items can be sold at the thrift store, including beds, lamps, or dressers. Or buy gently used clothes, blankets, vintage items, records, TVs, washers or dryers, collectibles and more. Find more details on saving money at thrift stores.

All of the money raised from the Solano County Society of Saint Vincent thrift store goes to fund their operations and also pay for the financial assistance programs. This means everything from the SVDP utility bills are paid at the office up through the rent assistance programs as well as medications.





Applying to Society of Saint Vincent in Solano County

There are a few churches to contact. They include the following. Whether food, clothes, or financial help, there is assistance. Stop by Our Lady of Mount Carmel at 2700 Dover Ave, Fairfield CA 94533 (call 707.422.7767) or St Dominic’s Catholic Church at 475 East I Street Benicia, CA 94510. Phone (707)746-1773.

By Jon McNamara

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