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 since 1871 and will celebrate our 150th anniversary in 2021.  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)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Houston, the fourth largest city in the country is home to over 4,000,000 residents. People go to work, families share meals and children go to school. Many of those children are facing daily threat of homelessness and food insecurity. There are children going to bed hungry and not knowing where they’re going to sleep tomorrow night. The city has the highest shares of children in single-parent families, children living in low -income households where no adults work and children whose parents lack secure employment Your support for the programs of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) can impact the lives of numerous families and individuals seeking assistance in their time of need. Vincentian Services Center (VSC) – the central hub for the operation of the majority of our programs, provides food, furniture and clothing vouchers to many in need. We also provide financial assistance to those in need.

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

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

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

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

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
Related Program

Vincentian Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Last year the Society of St. Vincent de Paul provided for over 55,000 individuals with direct aid worth $11 million, $3.2 of which went to assist with Rent and Utilities.

Estimated dollar value of food donations distributed to community feedings programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Food Network

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Last year the Society of St. Vincent de Paul provided for over 55,000 individuals with direct aid worth $11 million

Estimated dollar value of clothing and household goods donations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Voucher Ministry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Last year the Society of St. Vincent de Paul provided for over 55,000 individuals with direct aid worth $11 million.

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.

We work to end poverty throughout the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston one family at a time. 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.

At the heart of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul service is the Home Visit Ministry. This unique program allows Vincentians, our parish-based volunteers, to go in pairs to visit our friends in need in their homes.

This unique service allows us to see, first hand, the exact situation in which a person is living and experiencing. Although Vincentians are not case workers, they do undergo special training to learn how to interact with our friends in need. ​

Our Vincentians promote the dignity of the person. Once they enter the homes of our friends, Vincentians allow the Holy Spirit to guide them in their interaction with our friends and to open their hearts to reveal their needs.

Vincentians know that people who need help are are already financially limited so Vincentians drive to them

In 2018, Vincentians drove 343,000 unreimbursed miles and donated 180,000 volunteer hours to conduct 8,800 Home Visits.

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.

Home Visits
Most of the Society’s work is dependent on the cornerstone of our ministries – the home visit. Last year, Vincentians 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.

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 pantries, ensuring convenience and safety for our Vincentian volunteers. In FY 2019 alone, our pantries distributed more than $6.5 million in food to the community in need.

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.

Resale Shop and Vouchers -The Society has two resale shops, 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 outoutfits. When available, we supplement the voucher with new undergarments and hygiene supplies. An average of 35-50 clothing vouchers are redeemed per month.

• 2019 Community Impact
Last year the Society of St. Vincent de Paul provided for over 55,000 individuals with direct aid worth $11 million.

• $6.5 million in food assistance
• $3.2 million in rent and utility assistance
• $500,000 in disaster relief
• $300,000 in in clothing assistance
• $225,000 other needs such as tuition, funeral and medical
• $175,000 un furniture and appliance

Last year, over 1,800 Vincentian volunteers and over 1,433 Good Samaritan volunteers provided basic needs assistance to those living in poverty by working across the 10 counties that geographically make up the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

Financials

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

Board of directors
as of 10/9/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Carol Croom

Retired Business Owner

Term: 2017 - 2022

Carol Croom

Ed Herrera

Pastoral Associate St. Rose Catholic Church

Gerardo Rivera

Michael Schillaci

Ann Schorno

Michael Zarich

Senior Portfolio Manager – Bank of Texas

Patricia Marin

CPA – PSS Companies

Don Beyer

Oil and Gas Executive (Retired)

Gaspar Mir III

Public Accounting & Consulting (Retired)

Matthew Ryan

Business Development and Project Management – Chevron/Texaco (Retired)

Milista Anderson

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Chuck Blumentritt

Oil & Gas Executive (Retired)

Patricia Dornak

Retired - Social Work

Marilyn O'Laughlin

Retired

Ladd Puskus

Retired

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