EVENT DATE: Nov 29, 2016
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a lay Catholic volunteer organization with approximately 1,800 members serving the impoverished, homeless, underserved, lonely and neglected in the greater Sacramento area. We visit with those we serve in their homes and in the community to provide assistance in the form of food, financial support with utilities or rent, clothing, transportation, furniture, referral and intervention services.
Through its Thrift Store operation at 2275 Watt Avenue in Sacramento, the Council informally provides community resource information and assistance on an ad hoc basis. The proposed resource center is going to be name The Ozanam Resource Center, in honor of our founder. Also known as ORC; to be located on Store premises, is envisioned as a one-stop physical location to house, organize and improve the existing outreach and education. Our Society’s Founder, was a huge proponent of not only giving people the charity they needed when they were in a tough situation, but at the same time finding ways to help the poor safely get out of poverty.
What the Ozanam Resource Center will accomplish:
• Those served will be empowered to learn skills to access resources (including computer skills).
• Promotes Self-Sufficiency and allows the client the ability to get the help they need in a safe, clean and private situation.
• The ORC will coordinate with existing community resources, experts, and volunteers (including our own network of over 30 local conferences in Sacramento) to offer individualized clinics, by appointment, focusing, for example, on medical insurance assistance, legal aid, financial budgeting, tax program assistance, and dietary and nutritional resources.
• To eventually expand the program with an Outreach program that will meet the clients where they are at which is similar to our Home Visit Program.
• Additionally – The ORC will eventually be the go-to for other additional programs that the Society already has in place such as the Good Samaritan Refugee and De Marillac Moves Programs.