Ribbon Cutting & Groundbreaking!

Today, Bishop Michael Duca led community leaders in cutting the ribbon of our newly completed Bishop Ott Sweet Dreams Shelter Expansion Project.   The expansion of 46 beds opened about a year ago. It has served hundreds of homeless mothers and children, fathers and children, and couples with children. Community support has kept hope alive for these homeless families who had nowhere else to turn.  This project was funded privately by individuals, the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, and St. Aloysius Catholic Church.

In addition, Bishop Michael Duca, Bishop Robert Muench, and community leaders broke ground today on a new addition to the shelter facility which once completed will increase the number of homeless individuals and families served during the day, and we can convert this new building into a 36-bed night shelter for the homeless during emergencies and disasters, such as freeze nights, hurricanes and floods.   In 2018, the Broome Administration awarded St. Vincent de Paul a $1 million HUD Disaster Recovery Grant to expand our facility.    

St. Vincent de Paul’s Leadership has been working hard with city and state officials on this new project.  This project went out to bid earlier this year, and came in $196,000 over budget.  Taking a leap of faith, St. Vincent de Paul is moving forward with the project.  If you would like to help us raise the remaining funding we need for this project, you can make a online gift today by clicking here!  

St. Vincent de Paul Needs Wish List

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*All items in bold are critically needed as soon as possible.

*All items italicized will be critically needed in the near future.


Shelter Needs Wish List

These items can be delivered to 1623 Convention Street

Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM until 4:00 PM

For Children and Infants

  • Diapers (Sized 4, 5, and 6)

  • Baby Wipes

  • Pull - Ups (Sizes 2T-3T and 4T-5T most needed)

  • Crib Sheets (Mini-Crib Mattress Size - 24” wide and 38” long)

  • Baby Bottles

  • Baby Pacifiers

  • Sippy Cups

Clothing Needs for All

  • Men’s, Women’s, and Children’s Pajamas

    • Women’s Panties (large and small sizes)

    • Men’s T-Shirts (XL, 2X, and 3X)

    • Men’s Boxers (All sizes)

Toiletry Needs

  • Soap

  • Shampoo

  • Hair Conditioner

  • Hairbrushes

  • Sturdy Hair Picks

  • Lotion

  • Toothpaste

  • Mouthwash

  • Denture Adhesive

  • Bath Towels

  • Deodorant

  • Cotton Swabs and Cotton Balls

Bedding Needs for Adults

  • Standard bed pillows

  • Sheets and Blankets (twin size)


Kitchen Needs

  • Dish Towels


Dining Room Wish List

These items can be delivered to the Dining Room of St. Vincent de Paul located at 220 St. Vincent de Paul Place

Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM

  • Granulated garlic

  • Creole Seasoning (Tony Chachere’s, Zatarains, Season All, or any other)

  • Flour

  • Mashed Potato Mix

  • Sugar

  • Salt

  • Oil

  • Onion Powder

  • Gallon Zip Lock Bags

  • Quart Zip Lock Bags

  • Sandwich Zip Lock Bags

  • Cups - 8 or 10 ounce

  • Red, Navy, or Pinto Beans (Dry)

  • Salt and Pepper Shakers

  • Kitchen Bouquet

  • Soup Spoons

  • Tomato Paste

  • Tomato Sauce

  • Corn (#10 Cans)

  • Green Beans (#10 Cans)
    Sweet Peas (#10 Cans)

  • Blackeyed Peas (Dry)

  • Pork-N-Beans

  • Rice

  • Spaghetti

  • Sweeten Drink Mix

  • Salad Dressings

  • All Canned Fruit

  • Bar-B-Que Sauce

  • Mayo Packs

  • Mustard Packs

  • Margarine

  • Ketchup (Bottles or Packs)

  • Smoked Sausage


If you have any questions, please phone our Volunteer Coordinator at 383-7837, ext 207.

During the Easter Season, we are reminded of the sacrifice He made and of those who followed in His footsteps so long ago. For them, weakness and doubt became unshakeable faith. They went forward – even unto death – in their roles as disciples, continuing His ministry on earth.

As modern day disciples, our challenge is to transform God’s blessings into a visible sign of His presence in our world today. We are His physical body on earth, and everything we do can be a reflection of His love. Our journey through life is not always easy. Sometimes the road is steep, and there is no way of knowing what waits for us around the next corner. Regardless of the path we take, Jesus is always with us.

When He said, “For I was hungry and you gave me food…” He was speaking across time and space to all of us. At St. Vincent de Paul, we can see His face in every person who waits in line for our daily meal, in the faces of the homeless who come to us for shelter and those who hope that our pharmacy can ease their suffering. When we help someone in need, we are extending His hand to them.

This year, our goal is to serve over 280,000 meals, provide 35,000 guest nights of shelter and fill over $1 million worth of prescription medication. Please consider making a gift to Christ’s ministry to the poor. You can feed the hungry at our Dining Room, provide shelter to the homeless at the Bishop Ott Shelter, or fill prescriptions for the needy at our Community Pharmacy.

Momentum For Our Chapel Project!

We hope you saw the story about our chapel project in the February 1st issue of the Catholic Commentator. Richard Meek did a wonderful job of sharing the vision of our chapel and why it’s so important to support this effort. We recently received some exciting news about our chapel project! Sue Broussard, in memory of Don Broussard, has made a challenge gift for half of what we need to make this chapel a reality. We have about $140,000 left to raise and, for every gift up to $70,000 total, the Broussard family will match the gift. We ask you to get behind this effort. A chapel will make an impact on our volunteers so that when they encounter those we serve, they can connect it with their faith and they can be strengthened as they help people that are in hopeless situations. And for those in hopeless situations, this will provide them a place where they can go to pray and reflect during this difficult time in their lives. We ask you to continue praying for this project, help us to spread the word about the chapel, and please consider making a financial gift. Once the necessary funds are raised, we can get this project under way. If you would like to get involved with this project, email Michael Acaldo at macaldo@svdpbr.com or call him at (225) 383-7837, ext. 0.


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EASTER 2019!

As we celebrate the joy of Easter, we are also reminded that those who loved Jesus were filled with sorrow and hopelessness in the days following the crucifixion.  But through the miracle of the resurrection, hope was restored, and the faith of His followers became so powerful that they were able to change the world. 
 
Here at St. Vincent de Paul, faith and hope are renewed daily. Like that first miracle of water transformed into wine, we know that Christ is present when we see dreams replacing despair, and a last chance become a new beginning.  We see His face in every person we serve, and it is His hand that guides us as we provide shelter, fill prescriptions, and serve meals to the needy.  
 
Most of the people who come to us have hope that things will get better, while others have almost given up.  At our St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room, we’re so grateful that we can give them a nourishing meal, as well as a helping hand to other resources.  In 2018, we served 282,000 meals and also served as a gateway to desperately needed services such as our shelter and pharmacy.

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Our Bishop Ott Shelters provided over 36,000 guest nights of shelter last year to homeless men, women, children, and families.  These are the poorest of the poor:  people who have lost everything.  It’s here that we most often see children like Billy, in the photo above – children whose families might be living on the streets or in their cars if our services were not available.  We offer them much more than a warm bed and safety from the streets; we give them hope for the future.


 Our Community Pharmacy is also a place where hope is resurrected.  Although we do see some younger patients, the majority are older individuals.  Many of them have never had to ask for help before and were breaking tablets in half or skipping doses of critical medications before coming to us.  Last year, we filled prescriptions worth more than $1.3 million, and each prescription improved someone’s health and touched their heart. In some cases, it saved a life. 


During this holy season, we are especially grateful for the people who make our work possible – people like you.  Over 2,000 years after the resurrection of Christ, St. Vincent de Paul is working hard to continue His ministry, and we need your help.  You were the answer to someone’s prayer in the past.  Will you support our efforts once again by giving online by clicking
here
 
It’s not just children like Billy that need a helping hand. Thousands of people are hungry, homeless, sick, or forgotten.  Be assured, their prayers do not go unheard.  It’s just that, sometimes, God wants us to be the answer.  
 
We thank you in advance for your support.  Your generosity will truly give hope to someone in desperate need.


Sincerely yours in Christ,
 
Michael J. Acaldo
President & CEO

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New Emergency Shelter Project Out for Bids

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We have received a $1 million grant to build a new emergency day and night shelter next to our current Bishop Ott Shelter. Our architect, Bob Lunsford, has a good design for the facility that will expand our ability to serve the homeless during the day, as well as during emergency situations such as freeze nights and hurricanes. This project had to receive city, state, HUD, and EPA approval. We have received those approvals, as well as approval from the city and state to go out for bids. The bids were due in before the end of March. Hopefully, the bids came in within the scope of the dollars that we have to expend for this project, and we can break ground sometime in April or May on this project, which is so needed by homeless men, women, and children in our community. We want to thank the Mayor’s Office of Community Development for their support of this significant project, which will have such an impact in our community. We will keep you informed of the progress of this exciting new endeavor. Please keep this project in your thoughts and prayers.

Spread the Word - Fill a Prescription for the Needy!

Good health is a priceless blessing that we often take for granted until something goes wrong. For many of the people who come to the St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy, something has gone terribly wrong. Chronic illness and poor health have robbed them of so much, and their quality of life depends on proper medication. This is especially important when someone is suffering from serious, life-threatening illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes. When you’ve worked hard all your life, when you’ve been the person that others turn to, it’s difficult to swallow your pride and admit that you’re the one who needs help now.  


Time after time, we see the embarrassment on someone’s face as they admit that they’ve never had to ask for help before, but they have nowhere else to turn. Because of the support of people like you, we are able to fill the prescriptions they need. The general public often thinks that some government program like Medicaid expansion is taking care of prescription medicines for all low-income individuals, but that’s not the case.  We see patients who work hard, but make a little too much to qualify for Medicaid, and can’t afford to pay insurance premiums. Most of them skip doses of life-sustaining medicines or break tablets in half, desperately trying to “stretch” their medicines.

The photos you see here represent just a few of the thousands whose lives have been changed by our pharmacy. They were all touched by God’s love and the generosity of our community. Your generous support has helped us to give them the precious gift of health.  
 Pat Shingleton, WBRZ-Channel 2, and the Baton Rouge Clinic have come together once again to help us get the word out about our pharmacy and the Fill a Prescription for the Needy campaign. Last year, we filled prescriptions worth $1.3 million for people who couldn’t afford their medicines.


Can you help us by making a financial gift? $28.00 fills a typical prescription. How many can you fill? We want to provide as many life-sustaining prescription medicines as possible for people in desperate need. If you can afford to give, please do so by clicking here.


Please spread the word about our Fill a Prescription for the Needy campaign. If you know someone who can’t afford their prescription medicines, please refer them to the St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy. Together, we may be the miracle they’ve been praying for.


We thank you again for your prayers and support. As we live our faith, as we share God’s love, we are making a real difference in the health and well-being of the needy in our community.



Sincerely yours in Christ,

Michael J. Acaldo
President & CEO

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St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy Wish List

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Anti-Itch cream (Benadryl, Hydrocortisone)

Anti- Diarrhea (Imodium)

Anti- bacterial ointment (Neosporin)

Cough drops (Sugar free) Small bag

Eye drops (Visine)

Guaifenesin cough Syrup (plain and sugar free)

Pain relief (Advil, Extra Strength Tylenol, Aleve, Ibuprofen) (small bottles-30 count)

Aspirin Coated 81 Mg (small bottles)

Sinus medication (reg and for high blood pressure) Chlortremetron 4mg tab (small bottles)

Large Bandaids

Bandage tape

Benadryl (liquid)

Cotton swabs

Milk of Magnesia (small bottles)

Saline nasal spray 

Peroxide (small bottles)

Rubbing alcohol (small bottles) 

Infant or childrens Tylenol

Infant or childrens Ibuprofen

Bengay

Prenatal vitamins

Regular shampoo (not medicated)

 

***Please send smallest size available. Medication must be sealed. Medication must not be expired.

Fill a Prescription For the Needy

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FILL A PRESCRIPTION FOR THE NEEDY

Join us March 12th, March 25th, and April 8th for our Fill a Prescription For the Needy Fundraiser!

Help support the Fill a Prescription for the Needy drive by stopping by the Baton Rouge Clinic on March 12th, March 25th, and April 8th, to purchase a jambalaya lunch for only $8.00!

Meals include jambalaya, salad, bread, and dessert! Call us at 383-7837 to pre-order.

You can also support this great cause by making a contribution to Fill a Prescription for the Needy by clicking here.

Our St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy is working hard (with the support of WBRZ News 2 and the Baton Rouge Clinic) this Lenten Season to seek out and assist the needy by providing a helping hand of hope to people who can’t afford their prescription medications. Last year, our pharmacy filled prescriptions (free of charge for the needy) worth more than $1,000,000 for individuals who desperately needed a helping hand.

The Fill a Prescription for the Needy Campaign is a response to this community needy. WBRZ News 2 and the Baton Rouge Clinic have come together to ask you to fill a prescription for he needy. Consider doing so by supporting our Jambalaya lunch event, March 12th, March 25th, and April 8th, at Baton Rouge Clinic from 10:30am- 1:30pm

In 2019, Give the Best Gift of All ... Yourself!

Every day there are people who are praying for a miracle – just an everyday miracle – like a hot meal, a prescription filled, a warm bed or a decent pair of shoes.  You can help.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Dining Room Volunteers– Help with our meal service at the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room.

  • Pharmacy Volunteers–  We have a volunteer job for you helping us with our Fill A Prescription for the Needy effort.

  • Manna GiversWe need individuals or groups who can bring in a purchased or prepared supper once a month for our homeless guests.

  • Book and Collectible Volunteers– Help us sort and organize donated books and antiques.  In addition, we need help organizing clothing/shoe donations for needy families at St. Vincent de Paul Stores throughout our community!

Many Other Volunteer Opportunities–Waiting Just for YOU-Visit us at svdpbr.org and sign-up for one of many heavenly volunteer experiences at St. Vincent de Paul.

Visit us on Facebook at Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Greater Baton Rouge (@svdpbatonrouge).

You can have a life with purpose by sharing the Gospel — Get involved with St. Vincent de Paul!