FOCUS AREA: BASIC NEEDS
In 2016, SVDP Rhode Island assisted an estimated 25,000 Rhode Islanders with over $2.5 Million in direct aid. Virtually all of this was in the form of basic needs assistance, including food, clothing, rent, furniture, security deposits, gas and electric bills, and help paying medical bills.
The Rhode Island Foundation provides a significant annual grant for basic needs assistance, and the RI Food Bank contributes tens of thousands of dollars in food to our pantries and meal sites. The rest of our funding comes from small donations at the parish level, and revenue from our clothing bin operation.
The Home Visit
At the heart of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s unique ministry is the “home visit,” where our experienced volunteers, known as “Vincentians,” work in teams of two to visit those in need on their schedule to determine the exact nature of assistance required.
Vincentians make thousands of in-home person-to-person visits each year and are able to see first-hand, the exact situation in which a person is living. SVdP assistance is tailored to each person’s or family’s needs and may include food, clothing, furniture, rent, utility, transportation, medical, emotional or spiritual support.
When those in need are visited in their homes, they are assured that information collected will be kept in confidence. The home visit allows SVdP to offer immediate assistance and determine if those in need would benefit from other programs offered by the Society. The home visit preserves the dignity of the individual/family in need while making it convenient.
If You Need Help
If you have arrived here seeking assistance, find the conference nearest to you using the tabs below.
SVDP Rhode Island comprises a statewide Council, five districts, and 34 parish-based conferences. Use the tabs below to find local services, including conferences, food pantries, meal sites, and holiday aid. Note: Some conferences of SVDP Rhode Island operate clothing closets. Call ahead to find out if the conference closest to you offers clothing. Choice is often limited at these closets, and proper sizes may not be available. For acute clothing needs, contact our administrative office at 401-490-0822 so we can talk about providing a voucher for the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Plainville, MA.
Conferences of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are composed of Vincentian volunteers who serve those in need in their local communities. At the heart of what we do is the “home visit,” so don’t be surprised if Vincentians ask to meet in your home (they will always arrive as a pair). Most of our conferences offer the range of basic needs assistance from rent and security deposits to assistance with medical and utility bills. Those marked with ☆ have food pantries. Those marked with ▲ provide holiday assistance. Those marked with ‡ sponsor meal sites.
|☆ Holy Ghost||472 Atwells Ave||Providence||401-421-3551|
|☆St. Anthony||549 Plainfield Street||Providence||401-943-2300|
|St. Bartholomew||297 Laurel Hill Avenue||Providence||401-944-4466|
|▲ Holy Name of Jesus||99 Camp Street||Providence||401-277-9053|
|☆ St. Mary||181 Princess Ave||Cranston||401-946-5291|
|☆St. Matthew||15 Frances Street||Cranston||401-461-7172|
|☆St. Paul||One St. Paul Place||Cranston||401-461-5734|
|☆St. Raymond||21240 North Main Street||Providence||401-273-2393|
|St. Pius V||55 Elmhurst Ave.||Providence||401-751-4871|
|St. Mark||9 Garden Court||Cranston||401-942-1616|
Northern Rhode Island
|☆ St. Charles Borromeo||190 North Main Street||Woonsocket||401-766-0176|
|☆St. Eugene||1251 Putnam Pike||Chepachet||401-568-2700|
|Mary Mother of Mankind||25 Fourth Street||North Providence||401-231-3542|
|Our Lady of Good Help||1063 Victory Highway||Mapleville||401-762-1834|
|Our Lady Queen of Martyrs||1409 Park Avenue||Woonsocket||401-762-5117|
|☆St. Philip||622 Putnam Avenue||Greenville||401-949-2949|
|St. Joseph||1303 Mendon Road||Cumberland||401-426-9806|
|☆St. John Paul II||697 Central Avenue||Pawtucket||401-475-8838|
|☆‡St. John the Baptist||68 Slater Street||Pawtucket||(401) 722-9054|
East Bay/Aquidneck Island
|☆▲St. Barnabas||1697 East Main Road||Portsmouth||401-683-1343|
|☆▲St. Brendan||60 Turner Avenue||East Providence||401-301-6307|
|Jesus Saviour||1 Vernon Avenue||Newport||401-847-1267|
|☆▲ ‡St. Joseph||5 Mann Avenue||Newport||401-847-0065|
|St. Lucy||909 West Main Rd.||Middletown||401-847-6143|
|St. Martha||2595 Pawtucket Avenue||East Providence||401-434-4060|
|☆‡ St. Anthony||10 Sunset Avenue||West Warwick||401-821-8342|
|☆‡ SS John and James||20 Washington Street||West Warwick||401-821-7661|
|St. Joseph||854 Providence Street||West Warwick||401-821-4072|
|▲‡ St. Kevin||333 Sandy Lane||Warwick||401-921-0907|
|▲St. Peter||350 Fair Street||Warwick||401-461-3157|
|St. Vincent de Paul||6 St. Vincent de Paul Street||Coventry||401-821-8719|
|☆Immaculate Conception||111 High Street||Westerly||401-596-2130|
|▲St. Joseph||PO Box 388||Hope Valley||401-539-8311|
|▲St. Mary / St. James||437 Caroline Back Road||Carolina||401-364-9413|