An Open Door, Standing Strong, Moving Forward
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers compassion in action. We focus on people, working one-on-one with those in need. We offer an open door, free of judgment. We share time with individuals to discover their needs and help them stand strong. We offer a range of services to help people start to move forward, to build a better life.
Read through our site. We know you will be inspired by the courage and hope of those we help and by those people who help us help others.
How We Help
An Open Door
The Society offers an open door to basic services.
- Our Dining Room is open daily, serving a free hot mid-day meal with a smile.
- Our Drop In Centers give respite from the street or the shelter, basic hygiene items, showers and laundry, and resources and referrals.
- Our In-Home Visits by Vincentians bring compassionate volunteers from parishes throughout the county and provide emergency food and clothing.
- Every day we give solace and comfort for people at risk of isolation and depression.
- Our Food Locker serves other nonprofit groups around Alameda County.
St. Vincent de Paul offers services to help people get back on their feet and stabilize their lives with
- Overnight shelter vouchers, housing referral
- Clothing assistance
- AA/NA groups
- Homeless Court
- Peer counseling and on-site professional counseling
- Primary care clinic services
- Workshops and discussion groups (Bible study, conversation practice, financial literacy)
Our training programs help people take important steps as they moveforward in their lives.
- Our Kitchen of Champions Culinary Training is a 12-week certificate program in basic professional cooking skills and institutional food preparation.
- The Champion Work Force offers transitional employment and skills training in retail, warehousing and distribution, janitorial, clerical, and security.
- Those in need can use our retail store vouchers for clothing and furniture assistance.