St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County

St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County Our mission is to provide relief and support to those in need through person-to-person assistance and collective action through fellowship.
A multi-service organization, St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County provides access to much needed goods and services. We offer these services for free including lunch, clothing, and job training as ways out of the cycles of poverty. Volunteer with St. Vincent de Paul (http://www.svdp-alameda.org/get-involved/volunteer.html) or suggest events, partnerships and ideas on our wall!
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We served chicken pot pie today, and gave our chocolate milk in addition to the usual water or juice. Our guests were th...
06/05/2020

We served chicken pot pie today, and gave our chocolate milk in addition to the usual water or juice. Our guests were thrilled about the extra treat!

Entering into the weekend, please pray for the community of St. Vincent de Paul around the world, and work to pursue justice and kindness for those experiencing homelessness, joblessness, racism, and all forms of discrimination. Ask yourself, what can you do to serve your neighbor?

We need your help to keep providing food and shelter to Oakland’s most vulnerable residents. Please give what you can at
www.svdp-alameda.org/donate. @ St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County

Please read below for a message from Ralph Middlecamp, SVdP National President. The full statement can be read in the Ju...
06/04/2020

Please read below for a message from Ralph Middlecamp, SVdP National President. The full statement can be read in the June 4th issue of Frederic's E-Gazette: http://web-extract.constantcontact.com/v1/social_annotation_v2?permalink_uri=https%3A%2F%2Fmyemail.constantcontact.com%2FFrederic-s-E-Gazette-6-4-2020.html%3Fsoid%3D1103157500127%26aid%3DNhgoBjsyy0s&image_url=https%3A%2F%2Fmlsvc01-prod.s3.amazonaws.com%2Ffd89f49d001%2Fbb0602e5-9a10-499a-994f-2483c896502f.jpg%3Fver%3D1591291140000

"The pandemic has highlighted problems with many systems, including health care, criminal justice, employment, housing, education and the food-supply chain. Even before the killing of another black person by police, it was obvious that we in the United States have a problem with racism that infects each of these systems in ways that make racism itself systemic.

The need for systemic change has been a theme of the Vincentian Family for many years. We have made a difference in many lives--but poverty persists. Our focus on systemic change has given us a deeper understanding of the roots of the misery we seek to eliminate. As we have considered systemic change, the embedded issue of racism has been an uncomfortable factor to discuss.

We have not avoided the subject. At our annual assemblies, we have heard from speakers such as Fr. Clarence Williams, author of “Racial Sobriety,” and Fr. Bryan Massingale, author of “Racial Justice and the Catholic Church,” as well as Msgr. Ray East challenge us to be attentive to the issue. Our Multi-Cultural and Diversity Committee has written an excellent handbook and makes presentations at every one of our national meetings.

But this is not an issue that is solved by a few presentations. Light must regularly be focused on what can easily stay in the shadows. I have talked this week with the leadership of the African American Task Force and the Voice of the Poor Committee of our National Council and have encouraged them to create opportunities this month to advance our understanding of racism and our commitment to addressing the issue.”

Ralph Middlecamp has also recommended beginning your own education on racism in America by watching the documentary, 13th, on @netflix. He recommends reading “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love - A Pastoral Letter Against Racism,” issued in 2018 by the bishops of the United States.

What resources can you share with your community today?

Lord, make us an instrument of your peace. Our neighbors, especially our black neighbors, are suffering due to many fact...
06/04/2020

Lord, make us an instrument of your peace. Our neighbors, especially our black neighbors, are suffering due to many factors beyond their control, racism being one of them. We must do our part to make sure that we lift up their voices, love unconditionally and model Christ-like behavior. Black lives matter, always. We would like to ask the same question that @svdpya posed to their community: What prayers are helping you through this trying time? Make this post a way to exchange prayer and resources for those who are hurting.

#Repost @svdpya with @make_repost
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Praying for PEACE, JUSTICE, UNITY, and LOVE. 🙏🙏🏽🙏🏻🙏🏾🙏🏼🙏🏿 What prayers or verses are helping you through these times?

Serving free lunches to our community here in Oakland is essential work. Thank you to our volunteers and staff who put t...
06/03/2020

Serving free lunches to our community here in Oakland is essential work. Thank you to our volunteers and staff who put tremendous effort into making this happen every day. What are you doing for your neighbors today?

To donate to St. Vincent de Paul in support of our free meal program and shelter, visit
www.svdp-alameda.org/donate @ St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County

06/02/2020

Meet Abdul, who lost his job during the COVID-19 shelter in place. With our thrift stores closed and unable to bring in revenue, we rely on your donations more than ever. Please donate what you can at
www.svdp-alameda.org/donate.

To view the rest of this video, as well as more interviews with staff, guests and volunteers, visit our YouTube channel. Search “St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County” on YouTube to find it. Thank you for your support.

05/30/2020
Howard - Finding Shelter in a Pandemic

St. Vincent de Paul's emergency shelter guest Howard tells us what it's like to live through a pandemic when you have no home to "stay at home" in.

With no thrift store revenue while our stores are shuttered, we need your help more than ever to support our neighbors in need. Please visit www.svdp-alameda.org/donate and be as generous as you can.

This is what our serving line looks like in our Oakland Dining Room. Usually, it’s filled with people greeting guests as...
05/29/2020

This is what our serving line looks like in our Oakland Dining Room. Usually, it’s filled with people greeting guests as they walk through the door. Now, the line is used for prepping our bagged lunches. Thank you to our staff and volunteers who make this happen every day. Thank you to our guests for being in communion with us, even if it’s just for a short time each day. May we remember as we relax in our homes this weekend, there are thousands in Oakland and Alameda County who are experiencing homelessness.

St. Vincent de Paul provides food and shelter for all who ask for it. We couldn’t do it without you. To make a donation, visit
www.svdp-alameda.org/donate.

All of these cars were full of food donations today! You made this happen, and we are so grateful. If you’d like to dona...
05/29/2020

All of these cars were full of food donations today! You made this happen, and we are so grateful. If you’d like to donate food for our thousands of free meals served for lunch and in our shelter, email [email protected] for details.

To make a monetary donation, visit
www.svdp-alameda.org. Thank you helping sustain your neighbors and keep them safe and fed. We couldn’t do it without you.

Congratulations to the three most recent graduates of our Kitchen of Champions workforce training program! Though we wer...
05/27/2020

Congratulations to the three most recent graduates of our Kitchen of Champions workforce training program! Though we were unable to hold a traditional graduation ceremony for you, we are happy to be able to honor your hard work over the past nine weeks. You have helped serve your neighbors while serving yourselves. You have learned the ins and outs of our kitchen, and we hope that the skills you have gained help you in your future careers and throughout your life! God bless our Kitchen of Champions graduates.

Kitchen of Graduates trainees receive small stipends for their work at SVdP. Your donations allow us to continue to distribute the stipends. Please support your neighbors in their workforce training by donating at
www.svdp-alameda.org/donate @ St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County

We are lucky to have partnerships with local grocery stores and volunteers who round up items for donation and bring the...
05/27/2020

We are lucky to have partnerships with local grocery stores and volunteers who round up items for donation and bring them to SVdP! This allows us to give even more away to our guests than our regular hot lunches. We also offer take-away, pre-packaged goods when they are available. Truly, everything that we receive goes right back to your neighbors. Please visit
www.svdp-alameda.org/donate to give what you can to your neighbors.

Happy Memorial Day. May we remember and honor those who have died for our country, and do our part to create the best wo...
05/25/2020

Happy Memorial Day. May we remember and honor those who have died for our country, and do our part to create the best world possible for ourselves and our neighbors.

Today is pizza day! Thank you to our staff and volunteers who made hundreds of pizzas for our guests. It takes a lot of ...
05/22/2020

Today is pizza day! Thank you to our staff and volunteers who made hundreds of pizzas for our guests. It takes a lot of time, effort and resources to produce over 500 hot, free bagged lunches each day. You can be a part of the process by giving what you can at
www.svdp-alameda.org. We wish you all a safe, happy weekend. @ St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County

Serving Cuban rice and beans from our West Oakland direct service campus! We distribute over 500 FREE hot, fresh bagged ...
05/22/2020

Serving Cuban rice and beans from our West Oakland direct service campus! We distribute over 500 FREE hot, fresh bagged lunches every day to anyone who comes to our door. As you can imagine, keeping up with the demand can take a lot of effort and resources. Please donate what you can through our website:
www.svdp-alameda.org/donate
Your donations nourish our community. We couldn’t do it without you.

Thanks @bluebottle for donating over a pallet worth of iced coffee! Remember—we are always in need of monetary donations...
05/21/2020

Thanks @bluebottle for donating over a pallet worth of iced coffee!

Remember—we are always in need of monetary donations, paper bags, gloves, masks and protective and cleaning equipment. Donate what you can at
www.svdp-alameda.org. If you have something you’d like to donate, email
[email protected] to make arrangements.

05/19/2020

Hear from our phone center staff member, Wafa, as she shares what her new duties in our COVID-19 emergency response have meant to her. Wafa is used to answering our phone and directing calls, and keeping track of guest attendance in our overnight shelter. Now, she is also in charge of handing out mail safely to our guests, since our community center has been closed. This gives her in-person interactions with our guests, however brief, that her position in the phone center didn’t have before. Though she, like many workers, was nervous to return to work, she has felt at peace because of the opportunity to build relationships with our guests. The SVdP community knows how important it is to be in fellowship with our neighbors. Whether it is a happy greeting, a referral to an essential program, or a delicious meal, any conversation has the potential to make an impact. To watch the complete interview, visit our YouTube channel. To donate to SVdP, and ensure that your neighbors are receiving essential food and shelter, visit
www.svdp-alameda.org/donate.

Got paper bags? We use thousands of paper bags each week to distribute free lunches to everyone who comes to our West Oa...
05/19/2020

Got paper bags? We use thousands of paper bags each week to distribute free lunches to everyone who comes to our West Oakland direct service campus. If you have bags, please consider bringing them by for a safe, no contact drop off. If you can support in other ways, please visit
www.svdp-alameda.org/donate. Your donations mean that we can continue providing delicious, quality meals to people experiencing homelessness in Oakland. We couldn’t do it without you.

05/18/2020
Wafa - A Vocation to Serve

Our executive director Blase Bova has been speaking with the staff, volunteers, and guests of St. Vincent de Paul in Oakland, learning how their lives and their roles have changed during the coronavirus crisis.

Wafa normally works in St. Vincent de Paul's phone center, but during the coronavirus pandemic, she's been handing out mail to our dining room guests. As someone who plans to go to medical school, the focus on face to face contact with those who are different is a key step to a real human connection she can make.

This weekend, volunteers and staff will be hard at work in our dining room and shelter to provide safety and food to our...
05/16/2020

This weekend, volunteers and staff will be hard at work in our dining room and shelter to provide safety and food to our neighbors. While most of us will spend our nights in the comfort of our homes, please remember that thousands in Alameda County will not. Support St. Vincent de Paul by donating at
www.svdp-alameda.org/donate. In these trying times, we must unite to care for our community’s most vulnerable members. We couldn’t do it without you.

05/15/2020

In these unpredictable times, St. Vincent de Paul has remained a constant in our neighbors’ lives. Our staff and volunteers have been working tirelessly to ensure that we can provide safety and nourishment to our community. This video depicts “a week in the life” at our West Oakland direct service campus. Please keep our neighbors in your hearts. We wouldn’t be able to do any of our work without you. Please donate what you can at
www.svdp-alameda.org/donate

We made endless trays of ham Mac and cheese this weekend. For those experiencing homelessness, a home made meal is diffi...
05/14/2020

We made endless trays of ham Mac and cheese this weekend. For those experiencing homelessness, a home made meal is difficult to come by. We make our dishes fresh each day, and we couldn’t do it without you. You guarantee that we can continue our vital work. Visit
www.svdp-alameda.org/donate and help your neighbors by donating what you can.

05/13/2020

Meet one of our newest volunteers, Raven. Raven recently moved near our West Oakland direct service campus and decided to come help out. Thank you to all of our volunteers who make our daily operations possible. To hear first-hand accounts from staff, guests and volunteers about life during shelter-in-place, visit our new and improved YouTube channel by searching “SVDP ALAMEDA COUNTY” into YouTube.

Your donations make everything possible. To learn about how you can help, visit
www.svdp-alameda.org/donate

05/12/2020
Ruth - Finding Shelter in a Pandemic

St. Vincent de Paul's emergency shelter guest Ruth tells us what it's like to live through a pandemic when you have no home to "stay at home" in.

With no thrift store revenue while our stores are shuttered, we need your help more than ever to support our neighbors in need. Please visit www.svdp-alameda.org/donate and be as generous as you can.

You know the saying; Breakfast is the important meal of the day. Here at SVdP in Oakland, our free bagged lunches may be...
05/12/2020

You know the saying; Breakfast is the important meal of the day. Here at SVdP in Oakland, our free bagged lunches may be someone’s only meal of the day. We need your help to serve delicious, balanced meals to our guests during this difficult time. Nutrition and good health go hand in hand, and we will continue to do what we can to keep our neighbors healthy. Please donate what you can at
www.svdp-alameda.org/donate

05/08/2020
Abdul - Finding Shelter in a Pandemic

St. Vincent de Paul's emergency shelter guest Abdul tells us what it's like to live through a pandemic when you have no home to "stay at home" in.

Abdul is from Ethiopia and lives in Oakland, California. He's experiencing homelessness for the first time, having lost a gig economy job due to COVID. The local Ethiopian community now can't offer much support in their homes to him either. His perspective about homeless people and shelters has changed completely now that he's seeing it from the inside.

With no thrift store revenue while our stores are shuttered, we need your help more than ever to support our neighbors in need. Please visit www.svdp-alameda.org/donate and be as generous as you can.

We hand out bottled water as a sanitary way to ensure our guests can stay hydrated. If you don’t have access to running ...
05/07/2020

We hand out bottled water as a sanitary way to ensure our guests can stay hydrated. If you don’t have access to running water, staying hydrated is a difficult task. With many businesses and our dining room being closed at this time, people experiencing homelessness don’t have a place to wash or refill their reusable water bottles, so bottled water is essential for our guests. If you’d like to donate water, please contact us at 510-638-7600. To donate to our COVID-19 emergency relief efforts, visit
www.svdp-alameda.org/donate

We served nachos in our dining room this week. Thank you to our staff, volunteers and guests who keep us running! Join o...
05/07/2020

We served nachos in our dining room this week. Thank you to our staff, volunteers and guests who keep us running! Join our team and help us feed and shelter our most vulnerable neighbors. To donate, visit
www.svdp-alameda.org/donate

The Muffin Men come bearing gifts again! They’re always there when we need them. Today, we express gratitude for all of ...
05/06/2020

The Muffin Men come bearing gifts again! They’re always there when we need them. Today, we express gratitude for all of our neighbors who have come together to take care of each other. Do you want to contribute to our work? To find more information about volunteering and donating, visit our website at
www.svdp-alameda.org. We couldn’t do it without you. @ St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County

Our staff and volunteers were hard at work making breakfast for lunch this weekend. Over 500 portions of pancakes, sausa...
05/05/2020

Our staff and volunteers were hard at work making breakfast for lunch this weekend. Over 500 portions of pancakes, sausage, eggs, fruit and juice were given for free to our guests. What would you like to see us serve next?

Your donations keep us going. Make a gift today at
www.svdp-alameda.org/donate

05/02/2020

We serve over 500 free lunches this way each day. All of our volunteers serving the food have face shields, masks and gloves, and we need your help to ensure that it will stay that way. In order to keep our staff, volunteers and guests safe, we need to maintain our supply of protective equipment and cleaning products. Will you make a donation to help us buy supplies?
$20 can buy 4 reusable masks.
$35 can buy 20 face shields.
What can you provide today?

Visit www.svdp-alameda.org/donate and give what you can. Thank you for your support.

Address

2272 San Pablo Avenue
Oakland, CA
94612

General information

In Alameda County, 325,000 people face hunger or live in poverty. Through our programs, volunteers and community partners serve those in need with direct services. From our Community Center to job training to food assistance, people are given the support needed to stabilize their lives and build a better future.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:30 - 15:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 15:00
Thursday 09:30 - 15:00
Friday 09:30 - 15:00
Saturday 09:30 - 15:00

Telephone

(510) 638-7600

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My name is Rickell Williams and I have a slight problem. Regional 1 Representative Janet has a son who is security at the dinning hall. I have a service dog and went there to eat. Security told me that I need to take my service dog outside. I told him I don't have to. He went to check and brought his mom, who is Regional 1 Representative and told me that she was his mom. She did asked me the right question the first time, but then she said let me see the animals papers, I told her that was the wrong question... The hold time I was talking to her, her son was saying "thats my mind mom". We finished our talk and I was trying to talk to her son telling him I didn't disrespect her. He kept saying "that's my mom" and that was the only thing he was saying. Like I did something wrong. Now I am afraid of going to the dinning hall. In my opinion I think a parent in charge and a child should not work under the same roof, Yes work for St. Vincent De Paul but split apart. Now I have to find another way to get the right nutrition for my diabetes. I'm too old and disabled to fight, let alone fear for my life. I wish that St. Vincent De Paul would retrain their staff with the ADA Service Dog Laws(too many complaint from others w/service dogs) and split parents and children working together. I don't know what to do with the situation, any help from the Society of St. Vincent De Paul would be accepted. God Bless.
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