Society of St. Vincent de Paul- Archdiocese of Galveston Houston

Going to Those in Need Since 1871

Houston, TX   |  www.svdphouston.org

Mission

Inspired by Gospel values, we grow spiritually through person to person service to all in need in our community. Our actions promote the dignity of the person, alleviate suffering and distress, while addressing the conditions that cause them through systemic change. We have been serving in the Galveston-Houston community for 150 years.  We are a direct-aid organization that helps people in need get back on their feet. Assistance may include food, rent, utility, clothing, furniture, transportation, medical, disaster assistance, emotional and spiritual support. Our model is one of person to person service and we achieve this by going directly our neighbor in need; we call this our Home Visit ministry.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Ms. Ann Schorno

Main address

2403 Holcombe Blvd.

Houston, TX 77021 USA

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EIN

74-1464210

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We aim to solve the access to basic needs throughout the Greater Houston-Galveston Area.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Food Network

The Society has transitioned into the Houston Food Bank’s “Hub and Spoke” model. In this venture, Conference food pantries order food (dairy products, produce, meat, beans and grains) from the HFB, who in turn make a bulk delivery to the John L. Food Depot as needed. This means the Society’s is the only hub delivering to Society’s 23 food pantries, ensuring convenience and safety for our Vincentian volunteers. In addition to distributing to the pantries, the Food Network continues to feed the local community directly through Food Fairs. Three times per month, the VSC hosts a Saturday Food Fair focused on providing fresh produce to the community. The event is open to everyone living in the Galveston-Houston area and is non-zip-code restricted. Since the VSC is in zip code 77087, where 28.7 percent of the residents live below the poverty threshold, it is an ideal location to host Food Fairs. Each Saturday, an average of 350 families are served by an average of sixty Good Samaritan volunteers. Funding for this program would offset expenses for food, distribution, staff, and equipment.

Population(s) Served
Families

The Society has two resale shops – one running directly from the VSC and the second, a stand-alone building in Bellaire. Both shops are available for our friends to redeem their Clothing and Furniture Vouchers given to them as a result of the Home Visit. All furniture and clothing items are donated by the local community. The shops also act as a vehicle for low-income families to purchase items at a low cost. Clothing vouchers provide our friends with five outfits. When available, we supplement the voucher with new undergarments and hygiene supplies. An average of 35-50 clothing vouchers are redeemed per month. During the Home Visit, our Vincentians sometimes notice a family may need beds or a table to eat as a family. One of our core beliefs is that all humans deserve to live dignified lives. For that reason, our Vincentians provide them with a Furniture Voucher to provide families with beds to sleep on and a table to have dinner. Last year, we provided $380,000 in clothing and home furnishings.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Most of the Society’s work is dependent on the cornerstone of our ministries – the home visit. Last year, Vincentian volunteers made over 8,300 home visits, providing financial, medical, and spiritual assistance to friends in need. Home visits are the core of our mission and enable us to learn the needs of our friends using a unique and personal approach. Home visits will continue to be a crucial tool in both our emergency aid and systemic change efforts. Funding for this program would support poor Conferences in their efforts to provide aid to friends-in-need in their respective areas. Resiliency F.I.R.S.T.--In 2018 the Society was invited to participate in a small group within the Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries of Greater Houston (ACAM) framework known as the Evolver Cohort. This group of four organizations is focused on participation in a research and development pilot study known as Resiliency F.I.R.S.T. (Family Independence through Resiliency and Self-Sufficiency Tools). The goal of this study is to create a model to move our friends-in-need beyond crisis into resiliency and self-sufficiency. Through our Home Visit ministry, Vincentians will conduct in-depth assessments to identify participants for the study. We are in the second-year phase.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

At our two Resale Stores you will find three different types of shoppers: 1. the “thrifter” looking for the special treasure; 2. the working poor who cannot afford full retail and find great value because of deeply discounted pricing and 3. the shopper unbeknownst to others, who has a clothing voucher to redeem 5 sets of clothing at no charge to them as a result of a Home Visit. All proceeds help support programming and emergency/disaster relief efforts.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

VOAD - Volunteer Organizations Assisting with Disaster 2005

Texas Gulf Coast Regional Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (TGCVOAD) 2005

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2011

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollars distributed for utilities assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, Economically disadvantaged people, Unemployed people, Children and youth

Related Program

Vincentian Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2020, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul provided for over 85,000 individuals with direct aid worth $18.2 million, $3.4 million of which went directly to help with rent and utilities.

Estimated dollar value of food donations distributed to community feedings programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Unemployed people, Children and youth, Families, Parents

Related Program

Food Network

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2020, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul provided for over 85,000 individuals with direct aid worth $18.2 million, $10 million of which was allocated to food donations.

Estimated dollar value of clothing and household goods donations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Unemployed people

Related Program

Voucher Ministry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2020, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul provided for over 85,000 individuals with direct aid worth $18.2 million, $232,000 of which went directly to clothing and furniture vouchers.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to have a chapter serving every area in the greater Galveston-Houston area.

We have three programs addressing these needs. Our Home Visit program provides families and individuals with access to immediate financial assistance for rent and utilities, eliminating the possibility of the family becoming homeless. Our Food Network provides food. Our Voucher Ministry provides clothing and families who live without anything in their homes.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Society of St. Vincent de Paul- Archdiocese of Galveston Houston

Board of directors
as of 02/14/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Carol Croom

Retired Business Owner

Term: 2017 - 2022

Carol Croom

Business Owner, Retired

Ed Herrera

Pastoral Associate St. Rose Catholic Church

Gerardo Rivera

Oil & Gas Executive, H2O Midstream

Michael Schillaci

Development Director, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Ann Schorno

Executive Director, non-voting member

Michael Zarich

Senior Portfolio Manager – Bank of Texas

Patricia Marin

CPA – PSS Companies

Don Beyer

Oil and Gas Executive (Retired)

Gasper Mir III

Public Accounting & Consulting (Retired)

Milista Anderson

Global Head of Learning

Chuck Blumentritt

Oil & Gas Executive (Retired)

Patricia Dornak

Non-Profit Executive, LSW (Retired)

Ladd Puskus

Software Development & Project Management, Retired

Gregory George

Managing Director, JP Morgan Chase

Stacy Medrano

Community Volunteer

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/24/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data