The Society of Never Give Up Hope
At St. Vincent de Paul hope is not lost for our neighbors living on the street, in their cars or couch surfing. The work of solving someone’s homelessness can feel like an uphill battle, but we take it one day, one goal, one person at a time. As unique as someone’s journey was into homelessness, so is our help in getting them off the street and back into housing. Our outreach, resource, social work and move-in programs work together to achieve the task of meeting basic needs today while tackling larger barriers preventing people from gaining stable housing. With love, compassion and care, our teams help some of our most vulnerable neighbors find the hope they’ve been looking for and a lighted path back home.
By the numbers
Our Celebrity Fight Night Water Truck offers street relief, delivering water, food, clothing and hygiene kits to some of our most vulnerable community members living on the street. Everyday the water truck drives a different route in the Valley, seeking out remote areas around underpasses, canals and arroyos, where there are known encampments or small groups of people living far from services. Without the water truck and the life-saving resources they deliver, many more people might perish from the extreme heat.
In the middle of homelessness, it can feel overwhelming not knowing next steps and who to trust as individuals and families try to regain housing. Our Social Work Services team offers care and case management to help individuals and families find their path off the street. With a dedicated case manager and wraparound services, the Social Work Services team helps identify barriers and motivates people to work toward achievable goals. They provide connection to mental health resources and trauma support as well as financial assistance with application fees, deposits, bill and rent payments. Whatever it takes to get someone housed, the Social Work Services team is ready to help people exit homelessness for good.
With 260 beds, the Washington Street Shelter serves as a pipeline to housing with intense wraparound services to end homelessness in its direct neighborhood and downtown. Each resident’s bed is their own until they secure housing. Open day and night, the shelter provides three meals a day, showers and basic needs, while also connecting residents to case management, mental health support, substance abuse services, as well as workforce readiness and volunteering opportunities. The program welcomes people ready and willing to get off the street and rediscover stability and life as a productive citizen again.
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At SVdP, 95% of our workforce are volunteers-like YOU. We believe that we can accomplish more when we all do it together. Thank you for sharing your skills, time, and heart with us. Thank you for being part of the family.
SVdP helped a single father as he stayed strong for his sons
Sylvan McKenzie finds hope and housing through SVdP, returns to volunteer
He slept in the back of his truck at one point. Now Sylvan serves breakfast and inspires new shelter residents to transform their lives.