For every little boy and girl, the first day of school should be filled with smiles and laughter. Unfortunately, many children in our community are dreading that day because their uniform from last year doesn’t fit anymore or, even worse, they have no uniform at all. A typical school year consists of approximately 1,000 hours of instructional time, but when children feel different or inferior, they don’t want to spend one minute in the classroom. When they feel confident, those hours at school can be a happy time.
In elementary and middle school, the typical student spends between 900 and 1,000 hours in the classroom each year, but, too often, the lessons they learn on the playground are the ones that have the greatest impact in their lives. Education is their only way out of poverty, but being ridiculed for not having the proper attire can cause a child’s excitement about learning to be overshadowed by the fear of embarrassment and humiliation.
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 need more Manna Givers for the Sweet Dreams EXPANSION Shelter.
Did you know that “manna” is a term used in the Old Testament of the Bible to describe something unexpected, especially if it feels like a miracle? Specifically, the Israelites, who were desperate, received “manna” in the form of bread just when they most needed it…
We are in desperate need of the items listed below. If you can possibly help us with these items, we would be most grateful.
Diapers, sized 4 and 5
Girls and Boys Pull-Ups, sizes 3T and 4T
Girls and Boys Pull-Ups, sized 4T and 5T
Items can be delivered to the shelter located at 1623 Convention Street Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm. You will need to park in the pharmacy lot and walk down the sidewalk (about 5 yards) to the shelter double doors.
Thank you in advance for ANY help you can provide.
Our 2nd Annual NeighborFest was a huge success! 200+ people came together for a joyous day of fellowship in the Valley Park Community. Thanks be to God!
Three pastors in the area participated in the ceremony, along with Major-President Sharon Weston Broome came and presented certificates of appreciation to 10 “Living Legends"…
Wednesday, May 22, 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…
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.
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…
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…
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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.
We ask you to consider giving up a daily beverage or snack and give the money you would have spent to a worthwhile cause instead.
A $1 donation will provide a hot nutritious meal for a hungry individual
A $7 donation will provide an Easter Basket for a child in need.
A $12 donation will provide a night of shelter to a homeless man, women, or child.
Tag us on social media @svdpbatonrouge and use #SVDPchallenge so we can see your posts and share them with the community!
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.
When: April 13th, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: St. Aloysius Church parking lot (nearest the football field).
NEW OR USED ITEMS are welcome!
Clothing, Furniture, Shoes, Handbags, Towels, Sheets, Pillows, Dishes, Small Working Appliances, etc.
Please no mattresses, computers, or TVs
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.
St. John the Baptist in Zachary St. Vincent de Paul Conference "Fill-Up-The-Truck!" was a Huge Success!
A very big thank you for the generosity of St. John the Baptist parishioners as they all came together to fill up St. Vincent de Paul trucks to benefit those less fortunate in our community.
January is poverty awareness month. Poverty is not a catch phrase. It is a serious thing that many are living. Over 40 million people live below the poverty line in the United States. Everyone is invited to respond to the needs of those who are most vulnerable. "Whatever you did for one of these least of my brothers of mine, you did for me," (Matthew 25:40).
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.
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 Givers- We 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!
2018 marks the 27thyear of our annual Bishop Ott Shelter collection drive. WVLA, NBC-33, Fox 44, the Baton Rouge Clinic, and Home Bank are supporting this effort to provide much needed items for the homeless men, women, and children we serve. Through this annual effort, we collect items like toiletries, diapers, gloves, caps, and underwear for the homeless who come to our shelters. Our Bishop Ott Shelter Program has made a tremendous impact in the Capital Region by being a leader in providing shelter to men, women, and children. We see every day as another opportunity to provide a hand-up to someone who wants to break the cycle of homelessness.
On the day before Thanksgiving, St. Vincent de Paul celebrated its ninth annual turkey carving contest. Community leaders that participated included: LSU Gymnastics Coach DD Breaux, Constable Reginald Brown, LSU Baseball Coach Paul Mainieri, Our Lady of the Late Vice-President Coletta Barrett, EBR Coroner Beau Clark, EBR District Attorney Hillar Moore, Councilwoman Tara Wicker, Olinde’s President Tom Olinde, CAUW President George Bell, Manship Media CFO Ralph Bender, EBR Chief Administrative Assistant Officer Rowdy Gaudet and EBR Parish Prison Warden Dennis Grimes.
At St. Vincent de Paul, we have one Christmas wish above all others: that every heart will be filled with the true meaning of Christ’s birth. As we celebrate this joyous occasion, we are reminded that His message of love and compassion lives on through us.
When we respond to a plea for help with an act of kindness, it is His hand that guides us. This year, we will service over 270,000 meals; provide over 30,000 guest nights of shelter; and fill prescriptions worth more than a million dollars. Each of these numbers represents a wish fulfilled and a triumph of faith over adversity. (Click here to continue reading)
We are pleased to announce that WGMB Fox 44, WVLA Channel 33, and their family of stations have come together for the 27th year to support our Bishop Ott Shelter Program. They will again run an extensive collection drive for our shelters, collecting items for homeless men, women, and children.
All these items are critical to the people who come to us with little more than the clothes they are wearing. (Click here to continue reading)
Did you know that if you are 70½ years old or older, you can give up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to St. Vincent de Paul without paying income taxes on the money? Or, you can give a portion to St. Vincent de Paul just as long as you don’t exceed the $100,000 maximum. (Note: You don’t have to donate the entire IRA to be eligible for the tax benefits. And if it’s worth more than $100,000, you can transfer a portion of it to fund a charitable gift.) (Click here to continue reading)
Not just at Thanksgiving, but throughout the year, we hear, “Thank God for St. Vincent de Paul.” Whether we’re helping a single homeless woman, a mother and her young child, a man who just lost his job, or an elderly person – the work of St. Vincent de Paul is making a real difference in someone’s life every day of the year.
Our Dining Room is often the first place someone comes to for assistance, and it’s surprising how much the demand has grown through the years. We continue to serve more meals than all the other local soup kitchens and dining rooms combined. Back around 2001, we broke the 100,000 meal mark; last year, we had an all-time record of 266,836 meals; and this year, we expect to serve at least 270,000 meals. (Click here to continue reading)
Our St. Louise de Marillac Chapel project received a wonderful gift from the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Family Foundation. This significant contribution, along with other generous donations brings us to $208,650 raised. Our total project budget is $350,000. We also want to recognize Kathy Bishop who gave a very generous gift to get this effort from a possibility to a soon-to-be reality. These wonderful major contributors to this project are examples that we all can follow, and every dollar counts. We thank all those who have made gifts to this project that have propelled us to this new total. Thank you all! (Click here to continue reading)
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is delighted to partner again with WBRZ-Channel 2 and Pat’s Coats for Kids. Our Essential Needs Distribution Center is playing a key role in this effort. We will collect all gently used coats that are donated, organize them, and make sure they go to children who would otherwise suffer from the cold this winter. Needy children will be so grateful for the warmth provided by these coats. We ask you to keep this effort and the needy children we serve in your thoughts and prayers. For more information go to WBRZ.com.
Don’t forget to give to St. Vincent de Paul on Giving Tuesday! There are several different ways you can give to St. Vincent de Paul. You can do it the old fashioned way, and write a check and send it to: St. Vincent de Paul, P.O. Box 127, Baton Rouge, LA 70821 or by clicking here. (Click here to continue reading)
On Thanksgiving Day, our volunteers will serve turkey with all the trimmings to hundreds of people who, unfortunately, have little to celebrate. Many of them are living in homes where people have to skip meals or eat less to make ends meet. Some of them have no homes. But on this day, they will all have a warm place to go and plenty to eat. (Click here to continue reading)
On September 25th, at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, Bishop Michael Duca and many of our Vincentian Conference volunteers gathered to celebrate another year of dedicated Vincentian service in our community. At the Mass, Bishop Duca recognized a number of Vincentians who have distinguished themselves through their ministry to the needy. Along with Bishop Duca, St. Vincent de Paul Council President Crystal Chatelain presented awards to some of our outstanding volunteers. (Click here to continue reading)
As many of you know, Major Reginald R. Brown, Sr. has been a community hero for many years. He is a retired East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office Deputy of 25 years and is presently the Baton Rouge City Constable. He has received many awards throughout his career, including the Golden Deeds Award and the Southern University Trailblazer Award. (Click here to continue reading)
Thank you for being a part of the St. Vincent de Paul Family! We’re excited to announce that we are participating in #iGiveCatholic on #GivingTuesday, our nation’s first-ever day of giving! This year it will be November 27 from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM CST. Your generous support makes a meaningful difference by assisting the needy in our community. (Click here to continue reading)
With the continued support of our generous St. Vincent de Paul Family, we are making dreams come true every day for homeless children. Our Bishop Ott Sweet Dreams Shelter provides a cozy home, soft beds, and nourishing meals that homeless children dream about. We provide a safe haven in their time of need, and provide them with the necessary time needed for adults to get back on their feet so they can take care of themselves and their families. (Click here to continue reading)
Can you imagine what a homeless child would dream about if they had to sleep in a car tonight? Would they dream of a cozy place with soft beds and fluffy blankets, where there are three good meals a day and no one goes hungry? Or would they dream of scary things that lurk in the dark just outside the windows? We know what homeless parents dream about: a better future, a safe place to stay until they can find a job, save money, and start over.
We lost a beloved member of our St. Vincent de Paul family recently, a man who was very dear to everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. Since the publication of our last Vincentian Charities newsletter, Donald J. Broussard went to his rest in heaven. Those of us who knew Don personally were fortunate indeed, but the cost of that friendship is the grief we feel at his passing. There is no way to measure the depth of our loss or the impact of his absence. (Click here to continue reading)
As I began writing this article, the official announcement had just been made regarding the appointment of Bishop Michael Duca as the sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. We welcome our new Bishop and are excited about working with him in the future. He will be following in the footsteps of some of the most dedicated and devout men I have ever known. In my time at St. Vincent de Paul, our Bishops have been Bishop Stanley J. Ott, followed by Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes, and then Bishop Robert W. Muench. What a blessing it’s been to have known these men personally. (Click here to continue reading)
There is one major contributor that has been a part of the WAFBChannel 9 and St. Vincent de Paul Uniforms for Kids effort since its inception 21 years ago: the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair Foundation. Because of the leadership of J. H. Martin, Chairman; Doug Gonzales, Secretary; Warren Wilson; Greg Edwards; Stan Prutz; and Cliff Barton, Baton Rouge State Fair Chairman, our uniform effort benefits from the support of the Foundation every year. (Click here to continue reading)
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Greater Baton Rouge received the 2018 Capital Area United Way's Community Impact Award! We would like to thank United Way for everything that they do for our community. United Way means the world to those we are so fortunate to serve. Together our work means the world to those we are so fortunate to serve.
Once again, our local Sunrise Rotary Club continued their tradition of excellence in support of our Uniforms for Kids effort. This year’s barbecue took place on June 7th, as leaders from this special Rotary Club gathered to put on another fantastic event.
As always, their recipe for success contains a lot of critical ingredients. One of those ingredients is financial support, and we thank Jay Jolly and Republic Finance for their continued generosity. (Click here to continue reading)
Our vision of additional space for families at our Bishop Ott Sweet Dreams Shelter has finally become a reality. Our newly expanded shelter opened this spring and is making a difference by providing shelter to homeless families who have nowhere else to turn. We are now able to help more mothers and children and have also been able to help single-parent fathers with children. This expanded facility and more comprehensive services were made possible by the generosity of so many in our community. (Click here to continue reading)
So many school children need your help! For low-income families, the top priorities are food and housing, and too often, there's nothing left to spend on school uniforms. Education is the key that can open the door to a new way of life, and the two uniforms we give to each needy cost only $24.00 - a small price to pay for a child's self-esteem. With your support they can go to school properly dressed, without fear of ridicule or embarrassment. (Click here to continue reading)
The Sunrise Rotary Club of Baton Rouge held its annual fundraiser Beer, Bands & BBQ on June 7 at the LSU Rural Life Museum. This is the Rotary’s fundraiser, which raises thousands of dollars each year for the purchase of new school uniforms for children in East Baton Rouge Parish through the Uniforms for Kids program sponsored by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. A silent auction was also held, with items provided by Sunrise Rotarians.
1466 North St. Baton Rouge, La 70802
Monday, June 4 - Wednesday, June 6, 2018 | 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Clothing, shoes, electronics, furniture, household items, antiques, vintage items, collectibles, tools, jewelry, seasonal items, books, accessories & much more..
**Cash and credit cards only (NO CHECKS ACCEPTED)**
In case you missed this great story, St. Vincent de Paul will expand once again. We received a $1 million CDBG grant through the City of Baton Rouge. Keep this project and all our work in your prayers! Thank you for all your support!
The great crew from Catholic Life TV has put together a terrific new season of Beacons of Light! This season will highlight the great work of our volunteers, and Father Michael Alello will inspire us with a special spiritual message that captures our Vincentian Charism.
Beacons of Light is a television series produced by Catholic Life Television... (Click here to continue reading)
At St. Vincent de Paul, we count our blessings for you and your support! Whether through prayer, volunteerism, or financial contributions, your support means so much to us and the people we serve. Your support makes the daily miracle of food, clothing, shelter, and medicine a reality for those in need! (Click here to watch the video)
During Holy Week, as we commemorate His last days on earth, people throughout the world are searching for Christ. At St. Vincent de Paul, we see His face every day in those we are blessed to serve.
Two thousand years ago, He told us to love and care for one another, and that’s more important today than ever before. Jesus was speaking across the ages to you and me when He said, “I assure you, as often as you did it for one of my least brothers, you did it for me.” (Click here to continue reading)
The Baton Rouge Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be featured on “Our Faith in Action: Today’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul” Sunday, April 15 at 5:30 a.m. CDT and Saturday, April 21 at 5:00 p.m. CDT on EWTN. The show follows SVdP members on their spiritual growth journey through service to people and... (Click here to continue reading)
Help support the Fill a Prescription For the Needy drive by stopping by the Baton Rouge Clinic on Monday, March 5th and March 19th, to purchase a jambalaya lunch for only $8.00!
Meals include jambalaya, salad, bread, and dessert! Call us at (225) 383-7837 to pre-order. (Click here to continue reading)
It was a special blessing for St. Vincent de Paul to be there for so many needy people this past Christmas. We saw a large number of requests for the services we provide, and it was such a privilege to be able to provide the simple gifts of food, clothing, shelter and medicine. We all think of giving at Christmas, but the season of Lent is a time for more than inward reflection and soul-searching. It’s also a good time to look outside ourselves for ways to help others. (Click here to continue reading)
Our St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy provides a solution for low-income individuals who cannot keep pace with the rising cost of prescription medicine. We are seeing more people who are breaking tablets in half and skipping doses of life-sustaining medicines in a desperate attempt to make ends meet. (Click here to continue reading)
Beginning of your Lenten Journey
There is no better time than the Lenten Season to think about the direction of our lives, our relationship with God, and our interaction with those around us. During this time of reflection and sacrifice, we strive to put aside materialism and envy, counting our blessings for... (Click here to continue reading)
We invite you and your loved ones to the 23rd Annual Count Your Blessings Supper at Our Lady of Mercy’s Activity Center on Friday, March 2nd, at 7:00 p.m. This Lenten tradition is a wonderful opportunity for us to get together and count our blessings.
Chef John Folse and Bishop Robert Muench will be there to serve you and your family a delicious soup – and in the Lenten tradition – (Click here to continue reading)
On January 29th, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced that $1 million in disaster recovery funds will be dedicated to a new Day and Disaster/Emergency Shelter facility. The new 3,500 square foot building will be constructed on the St. Vincent de Paul Campus. It will be utilized as a day and disaster/emergency shelter and will increase the number of individuals and families served by providing 36 additional bed accommodations. (Click here to continue)