Basic Human Needs
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides basic needs assistance to our fellow Rhode Islanders through our 32 parish-based local conferences. Categories of aid include food, clothing, assistance with rent and utility payments, furniture, security deposits, medical bills, and more. Our founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, had a motto: “No act of charity is foreign to the Society.” We live this motto every day by visiting people in their homes and welcoming them into our soup kitchens, food pantries, and clothing closets. In the past year, our 700 volunteers provided nearly $2.5 million in basic needs assistance to an estimated 25,000 Rhode Islanders.