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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Members of the R2C Group Bay Area office volunteered for the first time in our dining room. They want to make a twice an...
10/10/2019

Members of the R2C Group Bay Area office volunteered for the first time in our dining room. They want to make a twice annual commitment to volunteering as an office. SVdP is grateful for all of our corporate partners and we hope to see you all again!

Champions Catering held its second fundraiser on October 6. The menu included Paella, Salmon Bombs, Porchetta, Insalata ...
10/07/2019

Champions Catering held its second fundraiser on October 6. The menu included Paella, Salmon Bombs, Porchetta, Insalata Capresse, Vegan Pesto Spaghetti, Grissini, Lemon Panna Cotta and Cannoli. The three catering chefs each did a cooking demonstration for the guests of one item on the menu each. We welcomed over 60 guests who made our event special. Thank you to all who helped put on another successful fundraiser for Champions Catering. We ask that our community keep Champions Catering in mind for their catering needs, and that you share their information with your colleagues, parishes, family and friends. When you support Champions Catering, you are in turn supporting the larger mission of St. Vincent de Paul. We encourage our community to keep Champions Catering in mind for your next event, office party, wedding and special occasions. Email inquiries, orders and questions to [email protected], or call 1-510-681-3301.

We held an emergency preparedness exercise at our West Oakland direct service campus. The exercise started with an overv...
10/04/2019

We held an emergency preparedness exercise at our West Oakland direct service campus. The exercise started with an overview of the (hypothetical) emergency (6.3 earthquake on the Hayward fault) and some brief instructions to the response team. At 1:30 p.m., a group of us began calling the response team with various scenarios that needed action (e.g., part of our building was damaged; conferences that either had or didn't have resources to help their parishioners).

The main lessons learned were:
understanding roles on the response team
delegating whenever possible
tracking system for outstanding issues
bringing in needed resources
focused communication
information that should be shared beforehand (e.g., turn-off locations for gas and water; existing emergency protocols)

This was a good beginning for future exercises and laid the groundwork for planning. Thank you to everyone who participated. We will be doing more drills like these in the future to make sure SVdP is prepared to be a stronghold for the community in the event of an emergency

It's not too late to sign up for our Champions Catering fundraiser this SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 from 12PM-3PM. There will be a...
10/01/2019

It's not too late to sign up for our Champions Catering fundraiser this SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 from 12PM-3PM. There will be a cooking demonstration starting at 12PM where you will learn to make these delicious foods pictured and more! Join us as we launch our newest social enterprise, which provides quality jobs for our community.

Tickets are $30/person. RSVP to Ava, 510-593-6381.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the largest Roman Catholic Church in North America, ...
09/30/2019

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the largest Roman Catholic Church in North America, located at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. One of its 80 chapels is dedicated to St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will to honor Blessed Frederic Ozanam in this Vincentian Chapel by dedicating a
mosaic (pictured) to him and the works he was inspired to do by his predecessors. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is raising funds for the mosaic art and installation in the Basilica, along with a Mass and reception to celebrate Blessed
Frederic Ozanam on January 26, 2020. To support, please send a check made out to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to:
Society of St. Vincent de Paul USA
Development Appeal (Please designate Frederic Mosaic Fund)
58 Progress Parkway Maryland Heights, MO 63043

What are you doing this Sunday? You're invited to our Champions Catering Fundraising Brunch! Tickets are $30/person and ...
09/29/2019

What are you doing this Sunday? You're invited to our Champions Catering Fundraising Brunch! Tickets are $30/person and space is limited!

There will be a cooking demonstration by our Champions Catering staff at 12PM, and a special meal served at 1PM. See the flyer below for RSVP information. See you there!

09/27/2019

Francis is cooking up chicken fried rice for a special Champions Catering order! Doesn’t it look delicious?
You can try this and many more delicious recipes for your next event. Visit SVdP-alameda.org/catering to place an order!

#catering #cateringoakland #cateringbayarea #championscatering #svdp #stvincentdepaul #alamedacounty #jobs #jobtraining

Today we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Vincent de Paul. St. Vincent de Paul, was born on April 24, 1581 in Pouy, now Sa...
09/27/2019

Today we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Vincent de Paul.

St. Vincent de Paul, was born on April 24, 1581 in Pouy, now Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, France, and died on September 27, 1660 in Paris. He was canonized in 1737, with his feast day marking the anniversary of his death.

St. Vincent is the founder of the Congregation of the Mission, also called Lazarists or Vincentians. He is known for for preaching missions to the peasantry and for educating and training a pastoral clergy. The patron saint of charitable societies, St. Vincent de Paul is primarily recognized for his charity and compassion for the poor.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic charitable organization dedicated to the service of the poor, was founded by Blessed Antoine Frédéric Ozanam in 1833.

On this blessed feast day, may we pray for St. Vincent's continued guidance as we try to make our charitable society the best it can be.

SVdP is happy to highlight one of our national partners, Motel 6!Below is a statement of support from Jill Atkinson from...
09/25/2019

SVdP is happy to highlight one of our national partners, Motel 6!

Below is a statement of support from Jill Atkinson from
National Sales of Motel 6/Studio 6.
"Motel 6 happily continues its partnership with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. We offer rolling nationwide discounts and direct bill for all Conferences associated with St. Vincent de Paul.
It is our pleasure to help your charitable organization assist with housing for anyone in the community who is in need.
Our partnership is very important to us and we will continue to strive to help in any way that we can."

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul believes that our prayers are as important as our good works. The 38 Vincentian Confe...
09/23/2019
St. Vincent de Paul Restoring Hope Through Prayer

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul believes that our prayers are as important as our good works. The 38 Vincentian Conferences in Alameda County assist the community through eviction prevention, food pantries, and other basic needs, as well as career development, support for those incarcerated, and more. In addition to all of this, SVdP provides a large network of faithful people who are constantly praying for the continuation of our services, as well as for an improved quality of life that those we serve deserve. You can purchase supplies to guide your prayers such as SVdP prayer cards, metal chaplets and intention boxes for your Conferences by following the link below. http://www.magnalite-usa.com/prayer_intention.html

St Vincent DePaul Eyedentity Program presents Restoring Hope Through Prayer - We vinventians are called to restore hope to the poor and in turn, to our Country

Have you RSVP'd to our Champions Catering fundraiser?What: Cooking demonstration and brunch fundraiserWhere: SVdP Dining...
09/19/2019

Have you RSVP'd to our Champions Catering fundraiser?

What: Cooking demonstration and brunch fundraiser
Where: SVdP Dining Room, 675 23rd Street, Oakland
When: Sunday, October 6, 2019, 12:00 PM-3:00 PM
Why: To support Champions Catering and ensure the program's success. All proceeds from Champions Catering go back into the community through our direct services!
How: RSVP to Ava, 510-593-6381, or [email protected]
*Tickets are $30/person

Hope to see you there!

Check out our September issue of Neighbors Helping Neighbors on our website! There you will find our current quarterly a...
09/16/2019

Check out our September issue of Neighbors Helping Neighbors on our website! There you will find our current quarterly and monthly issues, as well as a Spanish version of last month's August newsletter.

This issue features Sandra's story. Sandra graduated from Kitchen of Champions and she now cooks for our shelter and dreams of opening a food truck. Read more here: http://www.svdp-alameda.org/newsletter.html

Have you heard the news? Start catching up on possible federal intervention for homelessness: "Trump's reported Californ...
09/13/2019
Trump's reported California homeless takeover bewilders state, local leaders

Have you heard the news? Start catching up on possible federal intervention for homelessness: "Trump's reported California homeless takeover bewilders state, local leaders"
By JEREMY B. WHITE and CARLA MARINUCCI

https://www.politico.com/states/california/story/2019/09/10/trumps-reported-california-homeless-takeover-bewilders-state-local-leaders-1181298

No issue is dominating the agenda in California like the housing shortage and homelessness spike.

**You're invited!**Champions Catering is having its 2nd fundraiser on Sunday, October 6 at 12PM! Cooking demonstration b...
09/10/2019

**You're invited!**

Champions Catering is having its 2nd fundraiser on Sunday, October 6 at 12PM! Cooking demonstration begins at 12, and brunch is served at 1:00 PM. Please invite your family and friends to share in this special event to benefit our brand new Champions Catering.

RSVP to Ava at 510-593-6381 or email [email protected]. Space is limited. Tickets are $30/person. Can't wait to see you there!

For more information about Champions Catering’s impact on the community, visit
svdp-alameda.org/catering

“We can either just maintain people who are in poor health and in a state of homelessness, with crowded emergency rooms,...
09/09/2019
New Report Predicts Aging Homeless Population Will Nearly Triple by 2030 - School of Social Policy & Practice

“We can either just maintain people who are in poor health and in a state of homelessness, with crowded emergency rooms, hospitals and nursing homes, or we could use the money wisely to actually solve their homelessness problem and reduce the total costs,” said Professor Dennis Culhane, arguing for supportive and permanent housing for homeless seniors after a recent report released by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, University of California Los Angeles, New York University, and Boston University.

Did you know, in Oakland, 50 percent of the homeless population is over 50 years-old? Future numbers are expected to rise, and chances of relief are bleak, but not impossible. What can you do to help alleviate homelessness?

https://www.sp2.upenn.edu/new-report-predicts-aging-homeless-population-will-nearly-triple-by-2030/

Experts Discuss Solutions to Offset Instability and Costs The population of individuals who are homeless and elderly is expected to nearly triple over the next decade, according to a new study released by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, University … Continued

Below is the story of Marlon, a guest of SVdP, in his own words. Marlon is a creative person who pursues his talents, su...
09/06/2019

Below is the story of Marlon, a guest of SVdP, in his own words. Marlon is a creative person who pursues his talents, such as painting, in his free time. St. Vincent de Paul's basic needs services allow our neighbors to find community and comfort as they move throughout their day, whether they spend time at work, taking care of a family, pursuing passions and more. Please give generously so we can provide a safe space for people like Marlon, who find inspiration and fellowship within our community.

“I graduated high school in Memphis, Tennessee in 1990. I did drafting work after that. I was in the army national guard from 1989-1991 and received an honorable discharge. I went to college in Wichita, Kansas. I graduated from cooking school in San Diego in 1991. It seems like I’ve lived all over America by now.

“I am a highly disciplined, motivated person and I work well with others. I come to St. Vincent de Paul and help clean up at the end of the day. I go to the Berkeley drop-in center and to a drop-in center in San Francisco and volunteer there every month, too. I’ve been going to all these places almost for five years now. I do handyman work, sanitation, landscaping and street cleaning.

“I want everyone to be good to each other. I want to inspire others. I want to prevent people from hurting each other by being an example. There’s so much hurt in the world and in our community.

“I go to church organization functions. I am a painter. I draw. I have paintings on canvas that I have completed at the Berkeley drop-in center. I brought the paintings in at St. Vincent de Paul to show people. They are all for sale. I try to use a lot of color to show how I imagine paradise. I want to display my work so people can see it. I’m proud of it. I’d be willing to sell to anyone who is interested and likes my work. That will allow me to have supplies to create more. I write poetry, sing, rap and dance. My motto is ‘love conquers hate.’ I know love is the answer. May God lead and protect us all.”

Our volunteers are all ready to serve in the dining room! This group of loyal community members can be found working wit...
09/05/2019

Our volunteers are all ready to serve in the dining room! This group of loyal community members can be found working with us every Thursday, along with additional volunteers in the kitchen, women's center, men's center, community center and thrift stores. Together, we serve over 600 free meals per day in the largest free dining room in Alameda County. We are so thankful for all of our volunteers. We couldn't do it without you!

Our 65th Kitchen of Champions cohort is in full swing! Last week, trainees learned how to make homemade flour tortillas,...
09/04/2019

Our 65th Kitchen of Champions cohort is in full swing! Last week, trainees learned how to make homemade flour tortillas, which accompanied over 600 nutritious, free meals in our dining room. Keep up the great work, cohort 65!

Wishing everyone a safe and restful Labor Day!
09/02/2019

Wishing everyone a safe and restful Labor Day!

Last week, City of Oakland - Local Government kicked off "The Great Pave" plan, funded by Measure KK, which will replace...
08/30/2019
Oakland paving plan to focus on local streets

Last week, City of Oakland - Local Government kicked off "The Great Pave" plan, funded by Measure KK, which will replace 100 miles of Oakland city streets over the next 3 years. This will eliminate pot holes and provide smoother, safer roads, with the bulk of funding to fix streets in historically underserved neighborhoods, like ours in West Oakland. We all deserve safe roads! https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2019/04/02/local-streets-the-focus-of-new-oakland-paving-plan/

It’s a change from past strategy, in which the city aimed to repave the most heavily trafficked streets.

Yesterday, we were joined by members of the Oakland Athletics offices to serve in our free dining room. You all helped s...
08/29/2019

Yesterday, we were joined by members of the Oakland Athletics offices to serve in our free dining room. You all helped serve over 650 meals in less than 2 hours to our neighbors! Thank you for your support of St. Vincent de Paul!

Home visits are how Vincentians respond to calls for assistance from our neighbors. This is the story of one of the most...
08/28/2019

Home visits are how Vincentians respond to calls for assistance from our neighbors. This is the story of one of the most memorable ones.

On a cold December day, former Conference President Gary Flinders and his partner traveled to a home at E. 19th Street in Oakland. The sheriff had just left the couple a 5-day eviction notice. The couple had a 10-year-old son and a small dog, Pookums, along with many belongings. They decided to contact the East Bay Community Law Group for advice on how to obtain an extension on the eviction. They were then accepted to a place that didn’t allow pets. They sadly asked Flinders to find their dog a home. On the day of their move, everyone was in tears as they bade farewell to their precious dog. It was love at first sight for Flinders. Once arriving home, he shared his feelings with his wife, Lita, who agreed to keep Pookums. It was decided to change her name to Rosalie after Sister Rosalie Rendu, who guided our founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, to do home visits as the primary ministry for SVdP 186 years ago. “We thank God for Rosalie, our home visit dog,” Flinders said.

What is your most memorable encounter with a neighbor?

Thank you to the Golden State Warriors for donating 150 pairs of brand new shoes to our podiatry clinic last month! The ...
08/26/2019

Thank you to the Golden State Warriors for donating 150 pairs of brand new shoes to our podiatry clinic last month! The shoes are all men’s from brands like Nike and Adidas, and were distributed in our free podiatry clinics on July 17 and August 21. Every patient in the clinic has their feet washed, visits the podiatrist, and is fitted for a new pair of shoes and socks. Products such as insoles and creams are also distributed for those who need it. It is a drop-in clinic and no insurance is required or asked for. We see 40 patients each month. The podiatry clinic is a partnership with the Order of Malta Northern California Clinic and is necessary for those living on the street, whose feet guide them through life, but often are neglected or treated as a low priority. The difference a new pair of shoes and a doctor’s work can make is incredible. Thank you to the Warriors for providing us with high-quality shoes for our patients! #warriors #freehealthcare #bayarea #goldenstatewarriors #freeshoes #podiatry #podiatryclinic #freeclinic #svdp #alamedacounty #oakland #westoakland #homeless #care #nike #adidas #alameda #stvincentdepaul

Our guests at SVdP always have a story to tell. For Flo, her time with us has shown her the great value of fellowship an...
08/23/2019

Our guests at SVdP always have a story to tell. For Flo, her time with us has shown her the great value of fellowship and kindness. Please read Flo's story, in her own words.

"I’ve been coming to St. Vincent de Paul since January 2016. I go to the Women’s Center and eat in the dining room sometimes. I keep coming back because the staff is kind and understanding. I utilize the resources because otherwise I wouldn’t be able to afford to pay for it. I get coffee and pastries in the mornings as well. I also receive resources for my daughter. My daughter started officially volunteering in the Women’s Center. She likes it a lot. She told me she’s going to work here during the school year. She’ll be able to add the experience to her resumé. I can’t volunteer since I use the services here, but I like to help by sweeping and cleaning out the showers at the end of the day.

“My career goal is to do mediation care. I have care and compassion for families that are not heard or understood and I want to be there for them. When I come to SVdP, it makes me feel good. Since I've experienced so much kindness, I've become more aware of how important I am and how important other people are to this world. It gives me a feeling of self-worth. Before, I didn’t have a lot of that. I was very insecure and protective of my daughter. But now, I can let my guard down and trust people while still having healthy boundaries.”
#svdp #kindness #nonprofit #oakland #freelaundry #family #alamedacounty #california #homelessshelter #westoakland #fellowship #humanity

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2272 San Pablo Avenue
Oakland, CA
94612

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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.
Our next 3 week Bakery Bootcamp Job Training starts Tuesday, October 31st and ends Friday, November 17th. It's 60 hours of FREE intensive Job Training, with job placement assistance and 15 months of follow up support for low income Bay Area residents. Training is M - F, 9am - 1pm. Know someone who is looking for work and can benefit from training opportunity? Tell them to sign up! Contact us (office) 510-594-1702 or (email) us [email protected] for an appointment or drop-in on Wednesdays or Thursdays between 12-3. Our address: 1615 University Ave, Berkeley (entrance around corner via California St).
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