ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

We foster hope by providing spiritual, emotional and material assistance on a person-to-person basis.

We provide assistance with the following services:

SPRINGFIELD

Walk-in assistance

  • 228 Raffensperger
  • Tuesday-Friday 10:30-12 noon
  • Assistance with lodging, prescriptions, ID’s work clothing

Emergency assistance

  • Phone (937) 322-0838
  • We accept calls between 10-10:30 Tuesday and Fridays.
  • Assistance with rent, utilities and furniture.

Food Pantry

  • Phone (937) 325-8880
  • 228 Raffensperger
  • Call for appts. on Wednesday and Fridays from 10:00-1:00.
  • Food dispensed Tuesdays and Thursday 12:00-2:30 (by appt. only).
  • Revisits allowed every 28 days.

Thrift Store 

  • Phone (937) 325-9111
  • 2425 E. High St.
  • Hours:  Saturdays 9:00 – 4:00 and on Monday thru Friday to 9:00 -5:00.

NEW CARLISLE

  •  Rent and utility assistance, food pantry call 937-845-3121

BELLEFONTAINE

  • Rent and utility assistance call 937-592-9455,  food pantry call 937-592-1656
  • Pantry Hours are: Tuesday, Thursday 10a-12p & Wednesday 5-7 pm
  • The pantry is located at 328 E. Patterson, the building west of St. Patrick’s church, parking in the rear

RUSSELLS POINT

  • Rent and utility assistance, call 937-843-4227
  • Thrift Store-open Thursdays from 10a-3 pm

 

Christmas Basket Program:

Bellefontaine: Working with the Lutheran church we provide about 100 Christmas baskets to our community.

Springfield: The Christmas basket program provides the makings for a Christmas dinner from the turkey to the pie. This was initially started as help to the Sisters of the Poor to hand out a few baskets of food at Christmas time to some needy families 45 years ago. Every year it seemed to grow and quickly was beyond the resources of the good Nuns so St. Vincent de Paul stepped in and took over the program. We now distribute 1500 boxes of food in late December at the St. Joseph Parish Center. The community has supported the activity, especially the actual packing of the boxes and the distribution which is done over a two day period. Sign-ups are in December at the Food Pantry, 228 Raffensperger.

 

St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantries:

Bellefontaine: Our “choice pantry” is one where clients can walk through and choose items from our shelves that they prefer. The Youth of our Parish help stock our pantry by having a food Scavenger Hunt. The FFP classes also have an activity called “Build our Church” where they construct churches out of the canned and boxed goods they donate.

Russell’s Point: We have a food pantry to assist those in need in our community. The parish has an annual food drive as well as keeping a basket at the church entrance for weekly food donations. The Indian Lake School systems do an annual food drive those results in food donations that last us for 4 or 5 months.

New Carlisle: Working with area churches this food pantry assists those in the community who are in need.

Springfield: We operate a “choice pantry” where clients can shop, much like the grocery store and choose those items that their family likes. Annual food drives are held at St. Bernard, St. Teresa and Holy Trinity. Volunteers pick up food from various sources for distribution in our food pantry. Fresh produce is grown on site in our pantry garden.

 

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores:

Russell’s Point: This Thrift Store was donated to the conference by St. Mary’s of the Woods Parish. Staffed by 28 members volunteering at various times this store is there to help those in need in the community.

Springfield: The Thrift Center is a place where people surviving on a low income can come and shop with dignity and respect as children of God. Those that cannot afford clothing, furniture, appliances and other household items will be assisted through a Vincentian assistance program.

The Center relies exclusively on the generosity of the community for its donations.

 

Other:

The St. Vincent House (Springfield): This program assists the homeless with disabilities put their lives back together and become productive members of our community while providing them with a stable living environment. This house has four, 2 bedroom apartments.

St Vincent Manor (Springfield): The St. Vincent Manor consists of two duplexes (4 units) that are rented to those in the 50% median income level. This project was made possible through funding by the city of Springfield who had been awarded a grant from HUD using the American Recovery Act funds.

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