Society of St. Vincent de Paul of New Orleans
In 2014, the St. Vincent de Paul Cincinnati Council was selected to pilot a new five-year collaborative Re-entry Program for citizens returning to their communities following incarceration. Thanks to The Catholic Campaign for Human Development, an anti-poverty program of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, pilot programs were established in Boston, Milwaukee, Orlando and New Orleans.
SVdP’s participation in the program allows us to help people who emerge from prison to become productive citizens again.
A unique feature of the program is the combination of approaches to the issue: the Society's face-to-face meeting to identify basic needs and create a plan to succeed, partnered with a community-organizing model. As the ex-offenders make their way through the program, the expectation is that they will take on leadership positions, particularly as role models and mentors to those coming into the program behind them. SVdP New Orleans is proud to partner with Catholic Charities of New Orleans for this very important program.
We provide referrals within our St. Vincent de Paul Church Conferences throughout the Metropolitan New Orleans area to assist with services such as:
-Emergency assistance for Utility bills
(if funding is available) AND IF THERE'S AN SVDP CONFERENCE IN YOUR
-Burial of the indigent- i.e. request of the use of indigent plots via the New Orleans Archdiocesan Cemeteries
Other services include:
- Vouchers for purchases at our SVdP Thrift Store
-Free pharmacy (prescription) services (to those who are eligible)
- (GED preparation) via the SVdP Adult Learning Center
Please contact 504-940-5031, ext. 10 to find out if there's a St. Vincent de Paul Church conference in your area/zip code and for more information on these services.