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.

Local Conferences

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.

Providence/Cranston
☆ 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
West Bay
☆‡ 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
South County
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