St. Vincent de Paul of Sonoma County — free Dining Room, Thrift Store, food pantries, assistance programs and job training
We’re very glad you decided to visit and hope you’ll explore the site to find out more about how to get help if you need it; find a nourishing meal if you’re hungry; learn more about our thriving Thrift Store, where you can shop for bargains and find one of a kind collectibles; discover a dynamic range of volunteer opportunities; or make a donation to support our work in helping the needy people of Sonoma County.
There comes a time in many people’s lives when they will face poverty and extreme financial challenge. If that person is fortunate, this situation will be temporary, but for countless neighbors among us, poverty is inter-generational and lasts until some type of significant intervention occurs. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides a critical safety net of caring services to bridge the gap for those that are temporarily suffering financial hardship and strives to pave a road of independence for families who have been afflicted for generations.
Now one of the most trusted and reputable social service agencies in the North Bay, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Sonoma County (SVdP Sonoma) was founded in 1958 as an independent non-profit organization. We offer a crucial helping hand to the needy men, women and children in our community. Today, we are one of the foremost human service organizations in Sonoma County, providing support to those suffering from hunger, homelessness and poverty.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Sonoma is a lay organization which serves and employs people of all faiths. Our mission is to serve anyone in need through our Dining Room and Thrift Store and provide direct person-to-person service via home visits as needed.
Santa Rosa Free Dining Room
Volunteers prepare and serve a nutritious lunch in our Santa Rosa Dining Room 365 days a year. During the fiscal year ended 9/30/10 we served over 89,000 meals to the hungry and homeless men, women and children of Sonoma County.
Rohnert Park Thrift Store
Every item donated through our Rohnert Park warehouse and sold in our retail Thrift Store directly benefits the needy of Sonoma County. All profits from the store support our Dining Room while providing bargain prices to shoppers on clothing, furniture, and house wares. In addition many particularly needy families, based on a referral from case managers at partner agencies and SVdP Parish Conferences, receive clothing, furniture and house wares at no cost to them.
Job Training Program with West County Community Services
Our Job Training Program, in association with West County Community Services and the Sonoma County Department of Rehabilitation, provides an opportunity for hard to place and disabled adults to develop critical job skills while providing much needed staffing to the St. Vincent de Paul warehouse, sorting and testing facility.
Following in the tradition of Frederic Ozanam, founder of the international Society of St. Vincent de Paul, we provide assistance to all people in need, regardless of creed, race, status or origin.