Waukesha County St. Vincent assistance programs.

If you need help, then the Society of St. Vincent de Paul organization is one of the places to turn to in Waukesha County Wisconsin. Many of the resources are administered by regional churches, volunteers, and other charity organizations. The agency does focus on helping people meet basic material needs such as food, clothing, and similar goods.

You will need to call for an appointment in order to even be considered for assistance. A volunteer or staff member from St. Vincent de Paul will inquire about your need and they may also coordinate or schedule an in-home visit. If the organization can't meet your need then they may offer referrals. While resources are limited, assistance provided may come in the form of free food, household goods, clothing, emergency rental or utility bill help, or more.

Thrift stores are located in the region. People from the Waukesha community will find great bargains at the stores. While the exact inventory will vary based on what was donated, the stores may have clothing, sporting goods, furniture, kitchen goods, small appliances, toys, and shoes. Occasionally there may be more vintage type goods or collectibles too. Also, any money that you spend at the store will go to pay for the various financial assistance programs that St. Vincent provides in the region. The primary store in the region is located at S30 W24836 Sunset Drive and can be called at 262-547-3281. It is located on the corner of Prairie Ave. and Sunset Drive. Another location, known as the Oconomowoc Thrift Store, is based at W359N5848 Brown St in Oconomowoc. Telephone 262 569-0761.

Some local individuals may qualify for vouchers to shop at the stores. This means that they will be able to obtain clothing and household goods, at no charge to them. The stores are open to the general public too. Smart shoppers, regardless of age or religion, with limited budgets shop at the stores to purchase the donated, gently used or maybe even new household goods and clothing.

A food and meal delivery program is available too. St. Vincent de Paul of Waukesha works with the local food pantry and other charities, such as St. William Church. Items will be delivered to shut-ins or homebound seniors.




Additional food pantries are in the region. The conferences and churches in Waukesha County maintain and operate many established food banks and distribution sites for the needy in the community. The pantries provide people with free groceries on a weekly basis and they are available for residents in the county.

Home visits are provided too, and this may include financial aid. This is required when tangible assistance on a person-to-person basis is needed. The assistance provided by the charity and its partner churches can include emergency transportation, rental help, utilities, food, household goods, clothing and related referral services.

A meal program is available as well. Hope Center works with St. Vincent de Paul Council of Waukesha County on this program. It will provide limited amounts of financial support and staffing to serve a nutritious hot meal to the low income, indigent, homeless and needy in the city. The location is 502 N. East Avenue, and the meal is usually only served a select number of days per week.

Another option is the Summer Lunch Program. This will provide a beverage or bag lunch to school age children and their parents at Saratoga Park during breaks or the summer months. The Society of St Vincent de Paul partners with the City of Waukesha Park, Recreation and Forestry Department (WP-RFD) on this resource. It can provide children, teenagers and students with a free, healthy nutritious meal when they are not in school.

The Waukesha Back-to-School Program can give free school supplies, such as backpacks, to families in need. Each qualified child from a low income family is offered school supplies, a back pack or book bag. Some students may even qualify for free shoes or sneakers.




Christmas Programs are administered too. This can include gifts and toys for children from low income families or seniors in the county. Most of the aid is organized by a Christmas Clearing Council. In very extraordinary or unique circumstances, the St. Vincent District Council also provides gift certificates or vouchers for presents directly to families. Other resources include the Project Angel Tree, which is a Christmas gift program for Waukesha County inmates and their families.

Financial aid, and so called “Twinning”, is offered after a home visit occurs and an application was approved. The Waukesha District Council Needy Family Fund can provide financial assistance to the poor and low income. Now this support goes directly to the parishes and churches, who will then distribute the funds to those who qualify. Money raised comes from donors, the sales at the thrift stores (as indicated above) and private donations.


By Jon McNamara

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