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St. Clair and Madison County area St. Vincent assistance programs.

Churches and parishes that are part of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Belleville and southern Illinois provide services to low income families and the needy. Examples of some of their assistance programs are listed below. In general, St. Vincent de Paul will try to meet basic needs and/or help qualified families that are faced with a crisis.

The conferences that are part of this charity organization cover the southern part of Illinois, including Madison, Monroe and St. Clair County. Other regions are supported too. Some examples of those core services that are offered are done so through a local parish group known as a conference, and many churches and religious organizations administer this. There are almost 20 different conferences in the region and they provide various forms of material and financial assistance. While funding is limited, and many centers rely heavily on donations, some of what can be offered is as follows.

Rent and utilities – This can include assistance for people faced with a crisis, eviction, or utility disconnection. Or if your heat is to be turned off or if you are out of oil, then assistance may be offered. Energy, natural gas, and electricity assistance is offered.

Transportation – While not as common, the society may have funds for vehicle repairs or maybe vouchers for gasoline, if you need transportation for work.

Basic needs – St. Vincent can facilitate clothing, food, personal hygiene, free school supplies, winter coats and similar aid for the Belleville region. Some seasonal and holiday programs may be facilitated.

Medical needs – This is limited, and very basis. It can include pharmacy and doctor visits.

The churches serve as one of the key charity organizations for the region. These local conferences are the basic unit of organization of the Society of Saint Vincent and the services and assistance they provide are a key function of the group.




Holy Childhood of Jesus Conference
104 North Independence
Mascoutah, Illinois 62258
Dial 618-566-2958 for intake

Blessed Sacrament Conference
Address is 8707 West Main Street
Belleville, Illinois 62223
Phone number is 618-397-2287
One of the key charities for the St. Clair County region. Food, emergency financial aid and case management is available.

Holy Family Conference
Main address of the church is 116 Church Street
Cahokia, IL 62206

Immaculate Conception Conference
117 East Madison Street
Columbia, Illinois 62236
This parish serves the low income in Monroe County Illinois. Food, limited financial assistance for utilities, clothing, coats, and more may be offered.

Queen of Peace Conference
Address - 5923 North Belt West
Belleville, IL 62223-4299
Phone - 618-234-6196

St. Mary Conference
Location is 1722 West Main Street
Belleville, Illinois 62226

Special Works Conference
#13 Vieux Carre
East St. Louis, Illinois 62203
Directly across the river from the city of Saint Louis, this charity supports the portion of the city in St. Clair County.




St. Augustine of Hippo Conference
408 Columbia Place
East St. Louis, Illinois 62205
Call 618-274-0655 for hours

St. Boniface Conference – Clinton County Illinois
402 Munster Street
Germantown, IL 62245
Contact: 618-523-4271
Emergency rental assistance, referrals, spiritual guidance, and a free hot meal may be offered.

St. Clare/St. Nicholas/Corpus Christi Conference
O'Fallon, Illinois
Phone number is 618-632-4270

St. Nicholas
625 St. Nicholas Drive
O'Fallon, IL 62269

Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Conference
204 West Mill St.
Waterloo, IL 62298
Telephone number is 618-939-6426
The church/conference supports the low income in Monroe County with food, financial assistance, medications, and basic needs.

St. Francis Conference
251 S. Clinton Street
Aviston, Illinois 62216
Call 618-228-7219

St. Henry Conference
5315 West Main Street
Belleville, Illinois 62226
Phone number 618-463-2411. Homeless prevention resources or available, including landlord/tenant mediation.

St. James Conference
Address of church is 405 West Madison
Millstadt, Illinois
Contact: 476-3513
Food, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, clothing, and a food pantry are available.

St Teresa Conference
1201 Lebanon Ave.
Belleville, Illinois 62221
Main telephone 618-233-6461





St. Clare of Assisi
1411 Cross
O'Fallon, IL 62269

St. Bruno Conference
204 N. Gordon Street
Pinckneyville, IL 62274
Residents of Perry County Illinois should call this charity for help. Heating bill assistance, clothing, and Christmas meals and activities for children are facilitated.

St. Joseph Conference
901 N. Alton
Lebanon, Illinois 62254
Another St. Clair area conference that is part of St. Vincent.

St. Luke Conference
301 North Church Street
Belleville, Illinois 62220
Phone 233-0076
The location partners with other churches and charities in the region. Christmas assistance and financial aid for basic needs may be offered.

St. Peter Cathedral Conference
200 W. Harrison Street
Belleville, Illinois 62220

St. Stephen/Holy Trinity Conference
Call 618-397-2218 for hours.

St. Stephen Catholic Church
901 S. Main Street
PO Box 458
Caseyville, IL 62232
Free food, clothing, medications, and more may be distributed. May have information on where to turn to for transportation, job training, and self-sufficiency.

Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Address is 505 Fountains Parkway
Fairview Heights, Illinois 62208


By Jon McNamara

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