There are times in our lives when we all go through a rough spot and may need to ask for help. Our ministry's goal is to assist those in need, whether it is due to poverty or just a circumstance such as a job loss. Our goal is to help get our neighbor back on track.
We are not licensed social workers. We are volunteers, called Vincentians, that give our time and talents providing community resource information. We help with rent, utilities, food and other types of assistance.
PLEASE READ ALL STEPS BEFORE BEGINNING THE
APPLICATION FOR ASSISTANCE…
First Step: Eligibility
We are only able to receive a small number of applications per week. Once this amount is reached, the application process will be closed until the following week. After completing step two verification that you are within the boundaries of St. Helen Catholic Church, proceed to step three and click the link to begin the application process. Once your application is submitted, someone will contact you. Check out the resource tab for more information. For
questions , call our ministry line at 512-868-1964.
Allow 2-3 business days for applications review or calls to be returned.
NOTE: If you have been previously helped by SVDP, you may be told it is too soon to receive assistance.
Second Step: Find a Conference or Church
Please click on the link below to use our conference locator for your Catholic Church connection to St. Vincent de Paul. Type in your physical address and zip code. Once you see your address appear in the field, click on it and then continue by clicking on the “find” tab. Information will pop up, leading you to the closest Catholic Church or conference in your area.
If you are unable to access this link, you may also call the Vincentian Family Center at 512-251-6995.
Third Step: Application Process
1. The volunteer will call you and set up an appointment for an in-home visit. You will need a photo ID and copies of any bills, lease, etc.
2. A two-person team will meet with you and listen compassionately to what is taking place in your life currently, which has resulted in your needing assistance.
3. The team will take notes during the visit and will ask you about your financial situation (income vs expenses) to help us better advise you as well determine what assistance SVDP can provide.
4. If the team decides to request a payment from our treasurer for a bill, pertinent information such as the account number and mailing addresses for a bill will be needed.
5. The team will provide you with information regarding other community services that may be of help. We may also provide budgeting guidance and information regarding upcoming community workshops, educational opportunities, job opportunities, counseling services, medical services, etc.
6. And finally, before leaving we will ask if you would like to say a short prayer. We believe that "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Matthew 18:20. If you decline, that is perfectly OK. We thank you for the opportunity and privilege to come into your home and visit with you.
Loss of a job