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 elderly and the homeless. Through personal contact, our members provide comfort, hope, friendship, material and financial support.
Who can access this service?
Anyone can access this service. Their needs may be:
Material - Food, clothing, shelter, warmth, financial
Social - Family breakdown, at risk of homelessness, unemployment, poverty, mental health, addiction
Personal - Isolation, loneliness, grief
Upon request individuals and families are referred to other appropriate agencies for counselling and further assistance. We aim to empower others, accepting them for who they are and providing them with opportunities to live fulfilling and active lives within the wider community.
Where is the service located?
Conference members (local group) are the link between people seeking assistance. Each day in the metropolitan area alone we receive approximately 280 calls for assistance. In visiting people we find out what a person or family's need is and how we can best assist them.
Who benefits from Home Visitation?
By visiting people in their homes, wherever their homes may be, the St Vincent de Paul Society aims to help people break the cycle of poverty and disadvantage. While some visits are a one off event, many are part of a continuing friendship assisting an individual or family through crisis like unemployment, eviction, personal injury and loss.
Assistance is provided in many forms. Material assistance is provided in the form of food, bill payment, and furniture, clothing and household goods, often in cooperation with the local Vinnies Centre. Assistance is also provided by way of friendship and support.
One of the most significant changes to home visitation in the financial year 2006/07 was the move by major grocery retailers from voucher arrangements to store gift cards. Many conferences have reported a high level of satisfaction with the gift cards. The gift cards provide flexibility for household budgeting and restore dignity. Other Conferences have used the opportunity to explore other options, such as traditional food hampers or voucher arrangements with local stores.
Can I volunteer for this service?
Yes. For information on volunteer opportunities in the Home Visitation program please contact our Volunteer Development Facilitator, Mick Beech.
Phone: (08) 8112 8710
How can I find out more?
For emergency assistance please contact 1300 729 202
Please note the emergency assistance line is open between 9.00am-1.00pm Monday to Friday.