St. Vincent DePaul Mission

Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S.A.

 
St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Waterbury, Inc.

Our Mission

The St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Waterbury, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to eliminating the root causes of homelessness in the Greater Waterbury Area. Its mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of the homeless, hungry and mentally ill through professionally supportive relationships with caring adults, in order to assist them in achieving their highest potential of wellness and independence, and move them from poverty to an economically viable standard of living. To this end, the Mission has established a network to address each cause contributing to or allowing a person or family to become homeless. However, this can only be accomplished with the cooperation of other nonprofit organizations, the State of Connecticut, the Church, and the private and corporate sectors of our society.


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Annual Banquet Highlights Our Forty-Year Mission Trip!

St. Vincent DePaul Mission marked its forty years of service recently at a joyous anniversary banquet bringing together friends, volunteers, employees, management staff, and directors for an evening of gratitude and commitment. On behalf of our neighbors served by the Mission, we offer our sincere thanks to you who support our work and events for your good will and charitable assistance.

The Father Cascia Service Award was presented at the banquet to the state council and several local councils of the Knights of Columbus. The consistent and generous support of the Knights of Columbus has been a valuable “bread and butter” resource from the earliest days of the Mission. The following councils were honored: Father James F. O’Dea Council 13459, St. Anthony Church of Prospect, Father Loftus Council 3992, St. John of the Cross Church of Middlebury, Msgr. William J. Collins Council 5066, Sacred Heart Church of Southbury, Sheridan Council 24, Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and Ss. Peter & Paul Church of Waterbury, Bishop O’Reilly Assembly 101, Basilica of the Immaculate Conception of Waterbury, Mt. Carmel Council 36, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church of Waterbury, and the State Council Knights of Columbus.

The program included special recognition of the Waterbury community and the city offices which have supported the Mission to the full extent of their services, always supportive and giving much more of themselves than required. The support of the community has been and continues to be a critical part of our ability to provide and expand our services to individuals experiencing hardship, 24 hours per day, every day of the year. We are grateful to all municipal offices and departments, particularly to the following: Police and Fire Departments and the Offices of the Mayor, Parks & Golf Courses, Tax Assessor, Finance, Corporation Counsel, Community Development Office, Grants Administration, Public Works, Engineering, and Public Health.

The evening closed with an expression of gratitude and remembrance for the Founders. These are the volunteers who provided the resources needed in the early days and worked with dedication to fuel the rapid expansion of the Mission from a small thrift store to its current form as a 24/7, comprehensive provider of basic services for the poorest among us.

We extend our gratitude to our program host Kevin Hogan of WFSB Channel 3, to the staff of Aria Wedding and Banquet Facility for their pleasant service, to Michael LoGiudice for his background music, and to the banquet committee and helpers who arranged the event.

We are grateful to our donors and sponsors at all levels including BANQUET Sponsor St. Bridget of Sweden Church of Cheshire, CHALLENGE MATCH Sponsor Connecticut Community Foundation; GOLD Sponsors St. Anthony Church, Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, GEM Manufacturing and Lynn Tidgwell, LCSW of Woodbury.

Thanks also to our SILVER Sponsors including Bennett Sullivan Associates of Southbury, Bradshaw Chrysler Jeep of Oakville, Carmody Torrance Sandak Hennessey LLP, G.S.S. Industries LLC, Hartford HealthCare at Home, Professional Coaching LLC of Cheshire, St. Mary’s Hospital/Trinity Health Care, The Senich Law Firm LLC of Middlebury, and Thomaston Savings Bank.

We acknowledge our BRONZE Sponsors including Law Offices of Donald McGill of Cheshire, Knights of Columbus Bishop O’Reilly Assembly 101, Liberty Bank, Paul Beauvais, M.D., Orchid Florist, Sacred Heart Church of Southbury, Santander Bank, Waterbury Hospital, Verdi Restaurant at Western Hills, and WATR 1320 AM Radio. 

Our sponsors at the level of FRIEND included Alderson-Ford Funeral Home, American Copy Service Center, Bushka Lumber & Millwork Co. LLC, Catholic Charities, Dependable Energy, Dumouchel Paper Co., Knights of Columbus Fr. James F. O’Dea Council 13459, Knights of Columbus Msgr. William J. Collins Council 5066, Knights of Columbus State Council, Holy Cross High School, Ion Bank, Julio’s Wood Fired Pizza & Grill, M. J. Fahy & Sons, Naugatuck Valley Community College, Office of Catholic Social Justice Ministry, Sacred Heart High School, Savings Bank of Danbury, Scoreboard Bar & Grill, The Taft School, The Eastern Company, Unimetal Surface Finishing, Wells Fargo Advisors, St. John of the Cross Church, St. John the Evangelist Church & School, and St. Mary Magdalen Church.

 

Helping the Poor and Disadvantaged

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Mission: To make a positive difference in the lives of the homeless, hungry and mentally ill through professionally supportive relationships with caring adults, in order to assist them in achieving their highest potential of wellness and independence and move them from poverty to an economically viable standard of living.

To this end, the Mission has established a network of programs that are designed to address each cause contributing to or allowing a person or family to become homeless. However, this can only be accomplished with the cooperation of other service providers, corporate supporters, charitable foundations, and government funding.

Our Model and Performance Matrix

Shelter: An average of 80 single adults and eight families with children find refuge in the shelter each night. Clients are offered a hot shower, clean pajamas, a clean bed, and personal hygiene supplies. A hot evening meal and a breakfast are served. Children have a place to do homework.

Soup Kitchen: Open 365 days a year, over 127,750 cooked meals allow poor people who are hungry to receive a nutritionally balanced hot noon-time meal.

Food Pantry: An equivalent to 45,500 meals annually in bagged groceries is provided to the poor once a week.

Affordable Housing: Manage 16 units of affordable housing for poor working families.

Thrift Store: Here a poor family may obtain clothing and basic household items at low cost or no cost based on need.

Supervised Living: The program has 78 clients, including an eight-bed group home for chronically mentally ill adults.

A Heartfelt Thanks to our Generous Supporters.

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