Human Services

St Vincent De Paul Society

  • Rohnert Park, CA
  • www.svdp-sonoma.org

Mission Statement

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers compassion in action. We focus on people, working one-on-one with those in need. We offer an open door, free of judgment. We share time with individuals to discover their needs and help them stand strong. We offer a range of services to help people start to move forward, to build a better life.

In the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a spiritually based lay organization, which leads women and men to join together by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering

The essential elements of the Society are Spirituality, Friendship and Service.

Vincentians are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level and are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of sharing.

Organized locally, Vincentians embrace all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served.

Please visit http://www.svdp-sonoma.org.(http://www.svdp-sonoma.org/)

Main Programs

  1. Individual Assistance
  2. Free Dining Room, Santa Rosa
  3. Thrift Store, Rohnert Park
  4. Job Training Program
  5. Recycling - Keeping Sonoma County Green!
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

We serve all of Sonoma County in Northern California including:
Petaluma
Rohnert Park
Santa Rosa
Sebastopol
Cotati
Windsor
Guerneville
Monte Rio
Healdsburg
Forestville
Cloverdale
Occidental 
Lake County: Clearlake

ruling year

1946

Principal Officer since 2015

Self-reported

Ms. Peggy Wyman

Keywords

Self-reported

Sonoma County, Northern California, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Windsor, Russian River

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Also Known As

The Society of St. Vincent De Paul, District Council of Sonoma County, Inc.

EIN

94-1433890

 Number

6228890049

Physical Address

5671 Redwood Drive

Rohnert Park, CA 94927

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Thrift Shops (P29)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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St. Vincent de Paul of Sonoma County served over 89,000 meals in our free Dining Room while more than 64,000 purchases were made in our Thrift Store in 2010.

We made a difference for over 145,000 needy residents in Sonoma County who utilized our services, and countless others who received comfort and support through a person to person visit from our volunteers.

Since it opened, the profits from our Thrift Store have supported our Dining Room, food pantries and other programs to help the poor and needy. Sadly, the number of unemployed, homeless, and hungry has increased and each year the number of men, women and particularly children who require assistance in Sonoma County has grown.

Every two years the County of Sonoma is required to conduct a Homeless Census and Survey in order to receive funding from the Federal government. While statistics are often boring and hollow, these provide some insight into the challenges faced by our community. 

Annual estimate for the number of homeless people in Sonoma County increased by 59% in 2011.

 39.8% increase in point in time homelessness from 2009 to 2011, with Cloverdale (112%), Petaluma (11.2%), Rohnert Park (359.8%), Santa Rosa (64.4%), Sebastopol (219%) and Sonoma (516.7%) all experiencing an increase.

51.5% increase in unsheltered homeless from 2009 to 2011, with a startling 216% increase in children under 18 years old.

68.2% of individuals who were homeless in 2011 were homeless for the first time

48% were receiving no government benefits while 28% received less than $500.


(like those offered by SVdP’s free Dining Room), and (like those run by the SVdP Conferences) to eat. 
 

Please visit http://www.svdp-sonoma.org(http://www.svdp-sonoma.org/) .

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Individual Assistance

In addition to operating our Retail Thrift Store in Rohnert Park and our free Dining Room in Santa Rosa, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Sonoma also provides . Call 707.584.1579 for a referral to individual assistance or stop by the Dining Room.

Neighborhood volunteers (called ), are organized around SVdP Conferences that are located in neighborhoods within the County.

Vincentians provide person to person assistance by visiting the needy in their homes, learning about their specific situation and offering personalized helprovide vouchers for clothing and / or furniture and offer compassionate care.

This is one of the distinguishing characteristics between the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and other organizations who aid the less-fortunate. 

While we are delighted to assist those who seek us out through our Dining Room or Thrift Store, our volunteers try to identify people who might benefit from our services, often going into people's homes to learn the extent of the needs.

Vincentians making the home visit may offer assistance by linking them to our Free Dining Room or Retail Thrift Store; introducing them to our partner agencies for individual case management, job training or government assistance; or offering housing referrals or spiritual guidance.

It is our goal to provide not only immediate help, but also help to build bridges to long term solutions. We help individuals to resolve the issues that put them in a position of need in the first place.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

Program 2

Free Dining Room, Santa Rosa

Opened in 1984, the Free Dining Room is one of the oldest and largest facilities in Santa Rosa to serve hot meals to the hungry, seven days per week, 365 days per year. Each year, serve more than 90,000 nourishing meals to the .

The Free Dining Room relies on the support of many people from varied backgrounds who in excess of 10,000 hours of time each year. Also many grocery/specialty stores, restaurants, the and other suppliers generously donate over $700,000 of food per year, helping to keep our program cost-effective.



Caring volunteers in our free Dining Room prepare and serve a hot, nutritious lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm every day, 365 days a year.

The Dining Room is located in the Railroad Square area of Santa Rosa, at 610 Wilson Street. Entrance is through the back of the building off 7th St.

For more information about our Free Dining Room, visit our website at www.svdp-sonoma.org call 707.528.7580.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Homeless

Budget

Program 3

Thrift Store, Rohnert Park

In addition to offering and affordable shopping options on gently used clothing, furniture and household goods, we work with local agencies to accommodate particularly needy clients with home furnishings or clothing.  In order to receive emergency clothing or furniture, a referral from a or is required. 



Best of all, unlike many other thrift-store chains, the merchandise you donate to or purchase at our Thrift Store has a . One-hundred percent of our store profits are fed back into our , providing much-needed



Much to the delight of our more fortunate customers, we also serve as a secret source of one of a kind collectibles, unique furniture and vintage clothing.



Furniture (bedroom, living room, family room, patio)

Beds (new and remanufactured)

Home accessories

Artwork & prints

Electronics (see note below) & small appliances

Clocks

Household goods, dishes, glassware, small kitchen appliances

Linens & bedding

Sports equipment

Toys

Books, records, CDs, DVDs

Men's, Women's, Children's - Clothing, Shoes, & Accessories

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 4

Job Training Program

District Council of Sonoma County's Thrift Store partners with West County Community Services to provide a robust job training program to transitional workers. WCCS Job Coach Linda Carantzalis works out of the SVdP Warehouse and Thrift Store where she utilizes her case management skills to place and support employees in retail, warehouse, sorting, floor management, and cashiering positions before moving them on to more permanent job placements in the community.

Category

Employment

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 5

Recycling - Keeping Sonoma County Green!

Note:  We accept all TVs, monitors, & computers, working or not for our Electronics Recycling Program!

Category

Environment

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

We serve all of Sonoma County in Northern California including:
Petaluma
Rohnert Park
Santa Rosa
Sebastopol
Cotati
Windsor
Guerneville
Monte Rio
Healdsburg
Forestville
Cloverdale
Occidental 
Lake County: Clearlake

Funding Needs

Since it opened, the profits from our Thrift Store have supported our Dining Room, food pantries and other programs to help the poor and needy. Sadly, the number of unemployed, homeless, and hungry has increased and each year the number of men, women and particularly children who require assistance in Sonoma County has grown. If you would like to help provide hope and positive change to Sonoma's poor children and families, we gratefully accept financial contributions, clothing and furniture donations and used auto donations. Find out more about making a gift by visiting our website at http://www.svdp-sonoma.org (http://www.svdp-sonoma.org/) by calling 707-584-1579, x205. With your generous support, we will continue to ease the burden of families living in poverty in Sonoma County today and for years to come. Your donation, large or small, can make a big difference in a needy neighbor's life. $25 pays for 10 meals in our Santa Rosa Dining Room! $50 pays for 20 meals for your neighbors who lost their job! $100 pays for 40 meals for people who might otherwise go hungry!

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St Vincent De Paul Society

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Principal Officer

Ms. Peggy Wyman

BIO

Peggy Wyman has over 30 years of banking, sales and management experience. She has served on many nonprofit boards and most recently served on the board of Society of St. Vincent de Paul, District of Sonoma prior to joining as the Executive Director. She is the incoming president of the Rohnert Park Rotary Club.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Randy DeCaminada

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