Tacoma St. Vincent assistance programs.

A number of needs can be met by the St. Vincent DePaul in Pierce County and Tacoma Washington. The local group is part of the nationwide charity organization that is made up of volunteers and lay employees. Each member is dedicated to helping the less fortunate and poor get the help they need during a difficult period.

One of the primary resources they offer is a thrift store. Anyone who comes to the Tacoma store, regardless of religion, age, income, or background is treated with respect and dignity. St. Vincent also hopes that people leave as friends and they they come back to shop with them again. If your income is too low, and if you cannot afford the furniture, clothing, food, or other household items you need, then you may either be referred to other local non-profits or you may be provided a voucher to use that can pay for those goods.

The Tacoma County Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a non-profit organization that is focused on serving the poor and disenfranchised. They can also provide others with the opportunity to give back and serve. Other examples of programs include services for the homeless, thrift stores, and general assistance for individuals in need.

The Society also works with various agencies in Pierce County Washington. These non-profit organizations may either be government and/or private agencies in the region. Many of these partnerships will help the charity work towards the goal of assisting the needy and low income. Examples are below.

-Goodwill Industries offers the Careers Program. This is when the homeless and low income around Pierce County work with a case manager. Saint Vincent will provide people with a work site for community jobs programs for transitioning disadvantaged individuals back into the workforce.

-Washington Women’s Employment and Education focuses on assisting females in the community. Clothing, career counseling, referrals and more is offered.





-Residents with special needs and the disabled can get employment and other help too. Saint Vincent provides a work site for qualified unemployed and struggling individuals with either developmental challenges or physical disabilities. The clients may be very high functioning individuals and require assistance from their job coaches to perform certain tasks. Some of the companies that focus on the disabled include Centerforce, Keystone Employment Services, Enrich, and Vadis.

-While much more limited, some of the St. Vincent churches may hold fund drives. These can raise money for the less fortunate and provide them funds to pay for housing or an energy bill when faced with a disconnection.

Programs are offered for students as well. The St. Vincent stores in Tacoma Washington also provide a work site in support of some of the assistance programs through the the Tacoma and Pierce County School Systems. This includes working with CBT-Tacoma Public Schools Lincoln School as well as Clover Park High School Special Education.

The thrift stores, clothing closets and food pantries are open to anyone who needs to buy a item. Individuals can buy clothing, school or work uniforms, or gently used coats for the winter. Some free or gently used school supplies may be offered too.

The charity will also work with churches and their food banks in the region. Together meals, canned goods, and free food is offered to those who need help. Volunteers, or the Venetians, may also deliver items to the homebound and seniors in hospitals or nursing homes. Providing food and meals is yet another service of St. Vincent.

Some of the locations of centers and thrift stores include 4009 S 56th St, Tacoma, dial (253) 474-0519; 12716 Pacific Ave S (phone (253) 301-2376) as well as a location at 30527 8th Ave S in Federal Way. Telephone - (253) 839-3532



By Jon McNamara

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