Human Services

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul

  • Houston, TX
  • www.svdphouston.org

Mission Statement

Mission Inspired by Gospel values, we grow spiritually through person to person service to all in need in our community. Our actions promote the dignity of the person, alleviate suffering and distress, while addressing the conditions that cause them through systemic change. We are a direct-aid organization that helps people in need get back on their feet. Assistance may include food, rent, utility, clothing, transportation, medical, emotional and spiritual support.

Main Programs

  1. St. Vincent de Paul Food Network
  2. Voucher Ministry
  3. Vincentian Services
  4. ReSale Stores
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

ruling year

2011

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Ms. Ann Schorno

Keywords

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Financial, emotional and spiritual support Compassionate person to person service by volunteers to all regardless of race, creed or status food pantries and thrift stores immediate or emergency assistance Provide basic necessities such as food, clothing and furniture free of charge to those living in pov

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EIN

74-1464210

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

gency Assistance (Pme)

Banks & Pantries (Koo)

ances & Advocacy (Cll)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

St. Vincent de Paul Food Network

The St. Vincent de Paul Food Network supports the 32 Food Pantries in the Galveston Houston area to advocate against food insecurity and malnutrition. We provide good-quality, nutritious food items, such as fresh produce, dairy products and meats, that are desired by all. We provide perishable and non perishable food items, special diet items, and household goods such as paper products, hygiene necessities, and baby items.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Voucher Ministry

When a need is made known to the Society, a home visit is scheduled. This is where the heart of our mission is able to flourish. By listening to the families as a friend would, with dignity and respect, the Vincentians learn the true needs. We provide clothing, furniture and household items free of charge, depending on the specific needs of the family. When conducting home visits, we see that the elderly, disabled or youth are sleeping on the floor. Purchasing furniture, even at a low cost, may not be an option. Children may sleep on the floor or eat dinner on a chair, with no table. Numerous studies link family meal time with better communication, better grades, better nutrition and preventing unwanted behavior. Sleep disturbance in children is not only associated with medical problems, but also with psychiatric and social issues. Since few organizations offer furniture assistance, we established the Voucher Ministry to address this need and foster a dignified home life.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

Program 3

Vincentian Services

The volunteer members of the Society, who are called Vincentians, work out of 60 parish based Conferences and 34 Food Pantries in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to offer assistance and support to those in need on a person-to-person basis. Through Home Visit Minitry, they assume the needs of the poor as their own. Assistance may include food, clothing, furniture, rent, utility bills, medicine, transportation, emotional and spiritual support. The ultimate goal is to meet emergency or basic needs, keep families together by preventing homelessness and promote self-sufficiency.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 4

ReSale Stores

The two St. Vincent de Paul Resale Stores provide free gently used and some new clothing, furniture and household items to the poor through the Voucher System. The general public can shop for those items at an affordable cost which supports the works of the Society. All proceeds help support programming and emergency/disaster relief efforts.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Affiliations + Memberships

VOAD - Volunteer Organizations Assisting with Disaster

Texas Gulf Coast Regional Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (TGCVOAD)

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Financials

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Society of St Vincent de Paul, Archdiocese Galveston-Houston
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Ann Schorno

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Galveston-Houston differentiates itself by its dedication to person-to-person service. We go out to those in need through our Home Visit Ministry, rather than requiring people to seek out our help. Our 1800 volunteers throughout a ten county area provide place based solutions. A person may initially call for help with their rent so they are not evicted, however, when our volunteers visit - they see that the family is eating from turned over plastic crates or that the children are sleeping on the floor. In 2014, we visited over 8100 homes resulting in providing $347,000 worth of clothing, $143,000 worth of furniture and appliances to provide dignified living. Our Food Network, which is comprised of 33 food pantries provided $5.8 million in food -- which translates to over 2.5 million nutritious meals provided for those living with food insecurity. We've expanded our reach by 3 zip codes just at our Gulf Freeway location, which will allow us to help 800 more families per year at our pantry at that location. More cases now of "situational crisis": families needing help for the first time - loss of a job, medical crisis,or caring for aging parents"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Nichols Lomonte

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