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St. Vincent de Paul Exeter

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Exeter (SVdP), NH Conference was formed in 1989 with a simple mission: provide emergency food and assistance to those in need when other available resources have been exhausted.

In 1833, scholar and advocate, Frederic Ozanam and five student friends founded the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to assist the poor in Paris, France. The organization expanded to the United States with the foundation at the Basilica of St. Louis in St. Louis Missouri in 1845. Since the inception, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has grown to include conferences in 150 countries and more than 4,400 conferences in the United States alone.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Exeter began serving the poor and hungry in Exeter in 1989 out of a building provided by St. Michael Parish. In 2011, SVdP purchased the vacant bank building located at 53 Lincoln Street. After 22 years, of service to the less fortunate, SVdP acquired the independent building that allowed us to serve our clients more efficiently, with dignity and respect. With the new space, SVdP was able to become the Community Assistance Center.

With the Center collaborating with and housing many local agencies such as Rockingham Community Action, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Families First medical and dental care and Medicaid application assistance, and NH Employment Security, SVdP quickly ran out of space. In 2015 it was clear that the new building had become too small and an expansion was built with the help of the community. Three new offices, a conference room, and an expanded pantry area were added to the building.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Exeter offers food and emergency financial assistance to residents of Exeter, Stratham, Newfields, Brentwood, Kensington, and East Kingston. Services at the Community Assistance Center, such as dental care and homeless support, are available to anyone in need.

In the year of 2017, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Exeter distributed over 354,720 pounds of food with a retail value of over $1,064,000. That is over 307,420 meals including a full selection of meat, poultry, dairy, produce, bakery, packaged food and personal care items. We provided emergency dental care and preventative dental hygiene care to 435 people, and assisted 136 homeless families by providing emergency food, supplies and referrals to shelters. We saved 8 households from eviction and helped 42 families and individuals with various crisis assistances including overdue utility payments, medical assistance, emergency housing, vehicle repairs and payments so people could continue to work. Lastly, we have 170+ volunteers provide 16,240 hours of support with an in-kind donation value of $392,000.

To learn more about the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Exeter please visit our website or come in to visit us at 53 Lincoln St., Exeter, NH, 03833 Monday through Friday 8:30am - 4:00pm. You can also find us on Facebook by looking up Society of St. Vincent de Paul Exeter NH. 

Posted on: Monday, July 9, 2018

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