The St Vincent de Paul Society is a volunteer-based organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing assistance to people in need. Our members and volunteers provide practical support, advocacy and friendship to the most vulnerable within our community. Our volunteers, supported by dedicated staff, alleviate the immediate requirements of people in need and also identify the causes that lead to spiritual, financial and social hardship; providing a voice for those experiencing disadvantage.
HOME VISITS - We are the only charity to run a home visit program in South Australia, through which volunteers provide compassionate support and material assistance including food, clothing, furniture, access to qualified Vinnies financial counsellors, and emergency funds. We also support people to remain connected to their communities by assisting with transport, visiting those experiencing ill health in hospital or in their home, and we bring joy to families at Christmas by distributing hampers and toys. The service is referred to as conference work.
CRISIS ACCOMMODATION SERVICES -The 20 room Vinnies Women’s Crisis Centre and 47 bed Vinnies Men’s Crisis Centre provide emergency accommodation, including for children at the women’s centre. These services include meals, laundry, access to other Vinnies services, government and agency services, and more.
FRED’S VAN MEAL SERVICES - Vinnies Fred’s Van meal services operate from 10 sites across South Australia, providing hot nutritious meals together with social support. Eight of these operate indoors, meaning our guests dine with dignity and comfort. Blankets and scarves or beanies are given out in winter and food is often provided to take away. More than 40,000 meals are served each year in South Australia.
MIGRANT AND REFUGEE CENTRE - The Vinnies Migrant and Refugee Centre provides a range of material assistance and advocacy services for recent arrivals who are struggling to make ends meet, many of whom receive no government support.
MONEY MANAGEMENT EDUCATION - Trained volunteer counsellors provide guidance to individuals and families experiencing financial hardship, as well as education to help our companions gain knowledge and confidence in managing their personal finances.
DISASTER RELIEF - We are the South Australian government’s preferred partner in the event of a major disaster, supporting communities impacted by disasters by managing donated goods.
VINNIES YOUTH - Vinnies Youth comprises young people aged between 16-35 who share their talents and skills volunteering in services and programs across South Australia, including Fred’s Van, home visits and Buddy Days.
VINNIES SHOPS - Vinnies is one of the largest recycling organisations in Australia and is staffed largely by volunteers. Sales from the 36 Vinnies shops across metropolitan and regional South Australia fund our services, and are a valuable resource for people on low incomes, providing quality clothing, household goods and furniture, often free of charge.
OVERSEAS PARTNERSHIPS - The St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia is in partnership with our neighbouring Societies in the Asia-Pacific region. Underpinning our partnership programs is a belief that people are at peace with themselves and their neighbours when they have the hope and faith that through their own efforts, they can live and grow in dignity
Money Management Educators In line with our ‘hand up’ approach, our volunteer Money Management Educators and Financial Counsellors assist individuals and families experiencing financial difficulties, as well as providing them with the...
Fred's Van The Society’s 10 Fred’s Van services provide comfort and a warm, nutritious meal for people experiencing disadvantage or homelessness, or who are at risk of homelessness. Operating from eight sites across Adelaide and two...
As part of our general support services to the most vulnerable among us, Vinnies has a number of programs and services to support those in need. These include; Vinnies shops Home visits Housing and emergency accommodation Food distribution Clothing...
Vinnies is committed to assisting people experiencing homelessness and addressing the range of issues that lead women, men and children to become homeless. The Vinnies Men's Crisis Centre and our housing association in South Australia provide...
Migrant and Refugee Centre The Migrant and Refugee Centre continued its good work supporting migrants and refugees who have fled war, persecution and significant injustice through financial and material assistance. In line with our ‘hand...
What is this service? St Vincent de Paul Society is concerned with relieving the poverty needs of the South Australian community. It is also actively involved in redressing the causes of these needs that impact on the lives of children, families, the...