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.  They contributed 16,546 hours in 2015.  This is the equivalent of 8 full-time paid employees.  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.  In 2016, we received 450,000 pounds of food, over 1,400 pounds each day. 

We receive support from the Diocese of Norwich, from grants, and from your direct donations. In 2016 over 50 percent of our income came from your direct donations.
These funds helped us prepare, distribute, and serve 480,000 meals that year.


Our served meals program is the largest community meal site in the greater Norwich area.

  • We serve breakfast and lunch six days a week.
  • In 2016, we served an average of 239 meals per day for a total of over 74,000 meals. 
  • We provided an additional 8,000 meals, including sandwiches that our patrons took home or to work.    

Our pantry offers food to families and individuals who prepare their own meals.

  • In 2016, more than 1,400 households used the pantry.
  • These households comprise over 3,700 individuals including more than 300 senior citizens and 1,200 children.
  • The pantry distributed over 390,000 meals last year. 
  • 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.  

Care and Advocacy

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.