Ever wonder how the St. Vincent de Paul Society helps our neighbors in need? We are here to assist with financial assistance for rent, mortgage, utility bills, medical bills, prescriptions, car repairs, etc. If a client is in need of clothing, shoes, household items, and some furniture, we can provide a voucher for the SVDP Thrift Store in Libertyville. Sometimes our clients aren’t even sure what would be the best way for us to help them but we are willing to sit down and talk about it.
After we receive a message with a request for help on our St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) phone line, one of our SVDP members will respond by returning the call. During that phone call, a confidential intake form is completed with all the requisite information of the client, their assistance request, and their current financial situation.
A home visit (HV) team, consisting of one male and one female SVDP member, will accept the assignment and set about contacting the client to arrange a convenient time for the meeting. We make every attempt to handle this procedure in as timely a manner as we can. During the HV, we listen to the client’s needs, attempt to gain their trust, provide emotional support, and suggest other social agencies that they can reach out to. After the HV, the visiting team makes a recommendation that is presented to our officers for a final determination.
As members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, we are humbled and honored to have the privilege to meet with God’s children during a vulnerable time in their lives and to have the opportunity to offer comfort, healing, and hope. We are acutely aware that we are only able to do what we do as a result of the ongoing generous support of the parishioners of St. Paul the Apostle Church and the grace of Our Lord!
The St. Vincent de Paul hotline is (847)347-0832 for those in need. Rest assured, any information garnered during these conversations is held in the strictest confidentiality.