St. Vincent de Paul Responds to Tropical Storm/Hurricane Barry
St. Vincent de Paul is responding to Tropical Storm/Hurricane Barry. Our Bishop Ott Shelter Program has initiated its hurricane disaster plan for the upcoming days and nights. We have expanded our bed capacity and anticipate serving many homeless men, women and children tonight and for the days and nights to come. Thanks to the Louisiana Housing Corporation we have been able to make this expansion of services possible. During a disaster, the homeless are often forgotten, so these efforts are so important.
We are prepared to accommodate currently homeless men, women, children and families in need of shelter during this upcoming tropical storm/hurricane weather. We are providing the street homeless a safe place to go. Our plan will continue through Monday and will be extended if necessary. Shelter for the homeless is particularly important for those living on the street during adverse weather conditions.
As a community leading homeless services provider, our shelter program operates four night shelters (with a 160+ bed capacity) and one homeless day center. We currently operate two emergency shelters for men, one for homeless women and children, and one for families and children. We will make room for emergency cases.
In 2018, we provided day and night shelter services to over 1,500 men, women and children, and provided over 30,000 guest nights of shelter. 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 good 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. The shelter currently has the following needs: towels, pillows, soap, deodorant, rain gear, socks and other needed items.
Our St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room is also responding by providing hot meals (as we always do at 220 St. Vincent de Paul Place location) at 11:30 am through 1:00 pm everyday of the year. The Dining Room has ongoing need for the following items: 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 Bouque, Soup Spoons, Tomato Paste, Tomato Sauce, Corn (#10 Cans), Green Beans (#10 Cans) , Sweet Peas (#10 Cans), Blackeyed Peas (Dry), Pork-N-Bean, Rice, Spaghetti, Sweeten Drink Mix, Salad Dressings, All Canned Fruit, Bar-B-Que Sauce, Mayo Packs, Mustard Packs, Margarine, Ketchup (Bottles or Packs) and Smoked Sausage.
St. Vincent de Paul will be providing many more services if needed after the bad weather subsides. Please keep those we are serving, our volunteers and small staff in your thoughts and prayers. Anyone wishing to make a financial contribution can do by clicking here.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is one of Baton Rouge's oldest charitable institutions, serving our community and responding to disasters for over 150 years. Our mission, through person-to-person contact, mass feeding, sheltering, and other channels, encompasses every form of aid which alleviates suffering.