St. Vincent de Paul Anticipates Providing Shelter to Over 100 Tonight
As a community leading homeless services provider, St. Vincent de Paul's Bishop Ott Shelter Program provided shelter to nearly 100 homeless men, women and children last night. We anticipate serving well over 100 tonight.
In 2017, we provided day and night shelter services to over 1,200 men, women and children, and provided over 25,000 guest nights of shelter.
We put our freeze plan into effect before this past New Year’s Day weekend, and continue to be prepared to accommodate homeless men, women, and children in need of shelter during this cold weather. Our freeze plan will continue through the first week of January.
Our program operates three night shelters (with a 120 + bed capacity) and one homeless day center. We currently operate two emergency shelters for men and one for homeless women and children. We expect to fill all beds and will make room for emergency cases. Our Day Center will provide a warm place for homeless women and children. In addition to providing shelter, our programs offer services to help individuals break the cycle of homelessness and become self-sufficient. Our programs have a remarkable record of helping the homeless obtain employment, affordable housing and other things necessary to become self-sufficient. Our philosophy of giving a hand-up, not a hand-out, has
been a successful approach.
In addition, the opening of our Sweet Dreams Shelter for women and children expansion is projected to open in January. This expansion will add more than 40 additional beds to our 36-bed facility, significantly expanding our ability to serve the homeless. We are so excited about opening the doors of this new facility which is so need in our community.
Cold temperatures always put extra stress on the limited resources and volunteers of our small non-profit. Individuals interested in assisting the homeless can do so by supporting current shelter needs. We currently need: blankets, adult coats; men, women and children’s underwear; socks; knit caps; gloves; scarves; reading glasses (all strengths); slippers; feminine hygiene products; towels and washcloths; toiletry items such as deodorant, soap, shampoo, body wash, lotion, and body powder; twin, full, & crib size sheets; paper products (napkins, paper towels, toilet paper); disposable cups, plates, bowls, knives, forks, and spoons; and rain gear. Call us at 383-7837 for more information.
Financial contributions can be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul atP.O. Box 127, Baton Rouge, LA 70821- 0127or on-line at https://svdpbr.org/. Individuals interested in volunteering can call us at(225) 383-7837, ext. 0.