WHO WE ARE
St. Vincent de Paul Place serves those who are physically, mentally, or spiritually impoverished. We welcome anyone in need. Our goal is to motivate our patrons toward self-sufficiency and a better life. We are a nonprofit organization, and a ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Norwich.
Our patrons range in age from infants to the elderly. We serve the homeless, the unemployed, the underemployed, veterans, and others in need, regardless of race or religion.
Our staff of 4 full-time and 3 part-time employees is supported by over 150 active volunteers. We could not accomplish our work without these generous people.
In-kind donations come from Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center, local grocery stores, farms, organizations, and individuals.
We receive support from the Diocese of Norwich, from grants, and from your direct donations. Over 50 percent of our income comes from your direct donations.
Our served meals program is the largest community meal site in the greater Norwich area. We serve breakfast and lunch six days a week.
Our pantry offers food to families and individuals who prepare their own meals. An individual or family is eligible to visit the pantry once per week, but about 40% come only once during the month, at the time of greatest need.
Our Care and Advocacy program has a full-time case manager who provides crisis intervention, assessment, and referrals including: information source for people who may not have access to news outlets, updates on job openings, apartment listings, available programs, community events, and weather emergencies, bus tickets to appointments and jobs, emergency financial assistance, showers, clothing and hygiene supplies, and household items for people moving into a new residence.
Additional services include on-site education classes and outreach for general health care, employment, substance abuse, and mental health treatment from partnering agencies. For example, Generations Family Health Center provides on-site weekly health care in the Backus Hospital medical van.
St. Vincent de Paul Place is a member of the Norwich and New London Community Care Teams, a collaborative of municipal, local, and state health and human service agencies. These agencies have banded together explicitly for the purpose of finding long-term solutions to serving chronically displaced and homeless people.