Our stores act as intermediaries between people wishing to make a donation in kind and those in need. Stores make supplies available for free or at a low cost which is in keeping with the budget of those the Society serves. Financial surpluses are reinvested in the extension of the Society’s services to the poor.
The warehouse is where the donations are sorted and prepared for distribution to the stores. We recycle everything possible from clothes to e-waste. Our vision goes beyond the immediate future - we look towards a sustainable development and the protection of the environment for the benefit of the future generations.
Vincentians strive to seek out and find those in need and the forgotten, the victims of exclusion or adversity. Vincentians can visit people in their homes or in:
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is concerned not only with alleviating need but also with identifying the injustices that cause it. Therefore, it is committed to identifying the root causes of poverty and contributing to their elimination. In all its charitable actions there should be a search for justice. Affirming the dignity of each human being as created in God’s image, Vincentians envision a just society in which the rights, responsibilities and development of all people are promoted. The distinctive approach of Vincentians to issues of social justice is to see them from the perspective of those in need who are suffering from injustice. Society of Saint Vincent De Paul helps those in need speak for themselves, when they cannot, we must speak on their behalf so they will not be ignored.
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Our Conferences work hard to distribute food to those in need through home visits. During these visits our Vincentians assess the need and if necessary, write a voucher for basic requirements such as clothing, household goods, furniture and occasionally beds. These vouchers are used like cash at our stores and preserve the dignity of those we serve.
Once a week we offer a walk-in food bank for those in need. The food bank is located in the garages behind the church at 3707 Queen St. (off Prince Rd.) We offer canned and dry goods, bread and fresh produce when available. Please bring your own bags when you can. Hours: Mondays from 12:00 Noon – 2:00 p.m. (Excluding holidays)
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul local conferences distribute beds free to those in need in Windsor-Essex. These beds are distributed by our conferences through our Society Shoppes using our voucher system, about 4 times a year. All people truly in need are eligible for the assistance. The only condition is that we have beds available.
People are better able to face their daily challenges after having a good night's sleep. The money for this is raised through a fundraising initiative called “Sleep Walk.” With your help, we are hoping to remove this condition and have beds available when the need arises.