Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.
The St. Vincent de Paul center is located at 2456 NE Stapleton Rd, Vancouver, WA. (360) 694-5388.
If you have donations for St. Vincent de Paul you can leave them in the donation bin that is in the St. Vincent de Paul closet located at the back of the Church. We are in need of usable clothing, household items, and non-perishable food. Call St. Vincent de Paul for a list of their current needs.
St. Vincent de Paul currently has about 75 active volunteers who generously give nearly 1,200 hours per month to help the poor in our community.
The Society offers a wide range of ways that you can help and most volunteer opportunities take place at our food and clothing bank on Stapleton Road:
- Front Desk / Computer Data Entry - Greet people when they come in for help.
- Clothing - Sort and distribute clothing donations.
- Food - Sort donations, repackage bulk food and give out food bags.
- Home Visits - Visit families that need financial assistance.
- Pick Up Bread and Produce - Pick up at local grocery stores.
In addition to our daily operation of providing food and clothes to the poor, St. Vincent de Paul also conducts several Special Programs to further help needy families in Clark County.
- Rent and Utility Assistance
- Back to School Clothing Program
- Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Baskets
- Christmas Clothing Program
For more information, or to volunteer please call (360) 694-5388.
Winter Hospitality Overflow (WHO) was designed to fill the gap between limited shelter space and the sharp increases in the number of individuals and families seeking shelter during Vancouver’s coldest winter months.
WHO guests are offered a warm shower, nourishing food, case management, and a place to rest their head, as well as the warmth of a caring community working to address the most basic of human needs. Without these added beds many would have been forced to the streets to endure even the harshest and most dangerous weather months of the year.
Overnight Shelter Volunteers
Local churches of all denominations have combined efforts to donate over 12,000 hours of service. Churches are asked to staff the shelter for a week at a time. St. James staffs the shelter for one week each year, usually in January. The shifts include evening, overnight, and early morning time periods. This a wonderful opportunity to meet other volunteers and hear inspiring stories from our guests. Duties may include: greeting guests, serving/preparing food, safety checks, collecting bedding, wake up calls, general hospitality.
As winter arrives, see the bulletin for information about when St. James will staff the shelter. To help with St. James assigned weeks, please contact the parish office or see the contact number listed in the bulletin during the winter season.
Birthright is a practical emergency pregnancy service. Our aim is to help distressed, pregnant women feel loved, supported, accepted, worthwhile, hopeful and encouraged. We seek to motivate a woman to find her own inner strength and make her own decision, without coercion, regarding her pregnancy.
Women of all faiths, even those without one, are welcome to our services. Birthright is a positive response to a woman who does not want to be pregnant. We are here to help you in making a decision about your pregnancy. We will listen to you through one-on-one contact to provide personal attention. We want you to know the many options available to you. We exclude family planning counseling and instead focus on a gentle, loving alternative to abortion. We want to help you whether you are single or married regardless of age, race or religion.
We offer free pregnancy testing, completely confidential help, non-judgmental and caring advice, friendship and emotional support, prenatal information, maternity and baby clothes, housing referrals, social agency referrals, information on other community services, adoption information, as well as legal, medical, and educational referrals.
If you have any donations for Birthright (baby and maternity clothes, baby supplies, etc.), you can leave them in the bassinet located near the main doors of the Church. For more information call 360-694-8156 or go to www.birthright.org. We also have a hotline open 24/7 at 1-800-550-4900.
Clark County Right to Life is a local affiliate of Human Life of Washington and can be reached at www.HumanLife.net. Opportunities for volunteering include working at our booth at the Clark County Fair and speaking to school, community or church groups about the right to life that we all share from conception to natural death. There are many opportunities for prayer that come up throughout the year as well. To join the mailing list please call (573-7459) or write to: Clark County Right to Life PO Box 1652 Vancouver, WA 98668.
Other local ProLife Organizations include: the Vancouver Pregnancy Resource Center, the Family Education Center and Pregnancy Care Centers in Battle Ground and Camas/Washougal. Legacy of Life provides housing to women who have been made homeless because of their pregnancy.
To take action politically, contact LifePac, Life Issues/Family Ethics Political Action Committee, of SW Washington. Learn more at www.LifePac.org.
Abstinence education is an important part of changing the community’s approach to life issues. According to state statistics, over 1,200 Clark County children were aborted in 2004; many of these cases come from the misuse of sexuality by teenagers. You can learn more about the efforts of the AWARE (Abstinence, Wait-training And Relationship Education) program in local schools at www.AwareProgram.net. Your efforts and prayers for these ministry opportunities make a difference!
Volunteer to pray and share the faith with men and women inmates on Monday mornings at the Jail Work Center, or evenings at the Clark County Jail. Background clearance and orientation provided at the Sheriff’s Department.