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.
Please Note: Our conference phone lines are managed by volunteers. It is normal to get an answering machine. Please leave your name, number, and request. One of our volunteers will get back to you within 24-48 hours.
St. Pius V Conference, Providence. 401-859-5800 ext 121.
Holy Name Conference, Providence. 401-859-5800 ext 110.
St. Mark Conference, Cranston. 401-942-1616 x 320.
St. Raymond Conference, Providence. 401-859-5800 ext 120.
Holy Ghost Conference, Providence. 401-421-3551.
Ss. John and James Conference, West Warwick. 401-821-7661.
St. Vincent de Paul Conference, Coventry. 401-828-3090.
St. Joseph Conference, West Warwick. 401-859-5800 ext. 107.
St. Kevin Conference, Warwick. 401-921-0907.
East Bay/Aquidneck Island
St. Brendan Conference, Riverside. 401-301-6307.
Jesus Saviour Conference, Newport. 401-236-2453.
St. Joseph Conference, Newport. 401-258-5773.
St. Lucy Conference, Middletown. 401-236-2453.
Northern Rhode Island
St. Joseph Conference, Cumberland. 401-426-9806.
Our Lady of Good Help Conference, Mapleville. 401-762-1834.
St. John the Baptist Conference, Pawtucket. 401-722-9054.
St. John Paul II Conference, Pawtucket. 401-744-5404.
Mary, Mother of Mankind Conference, North Providence. 401-225-4046.
St. Eugene Conference, Chepachet. 401-568-2700.
St. Philip Conference, Greenville. 401-949-2949.
St. Catherine Labouré Conference, Westerly. 401-450-9749.
St. Mary/St. James Conference, Carolina. 401-364-9413.
St. Joseph Conference, Hope Valley. 401-539-0677
St. Francis Conference, Wakefield. 401-871-8936.