St Vincent de Paul Society Wellington Welfare Programs
Most people see St Vincent de Paul Society as an op shop first and foremost. But the reality is that we are focused on helping those in our community and our shops help give our mission financial stability along side donations from caring members of society. We do this through our various Welfare Programs in Wellington.
So what exactly do we do? Please keep reading to find out more.
Our general work operates on the idea of what people need most:
We work with individuals on a one-to-one basis to find out their immediate needs. This is a lasting relationship to help get them on back on their feet. While food, clothing and furniture comes from our food bank and shops, shelter is sourced in emergency situations.
Our key focus, after initial help has been given, is on budgeting assistance by helping everyone achieve self-sufficiency. This varies with each individual. Sometimes all you need is one week’s worth of groceries: short term support. Other times you need to keep coming back, managing your debt, and other support.
Beyond that we offer family support so that you don’t feel alone. New mums, and families with small babies will find our Pregnancy Assistance program helpful. We provide free baby items and free maternity clothes.
We are on your side and we will help you get what you need. Just let us know how.
Our social worker will make sure that you get the correct amount from your entitlement and will help you make those difficult phone calls. For example, we offer advocacy assistance with Work & Income, Ministry of Justice, Housing New Zealand, Wellington City Council.
We are in the process of partnering with various housing complexes across Wellington to give additional support to their tenants.
We are involved in advocacy to ensure that injustices are addressed. Currently we are advocating for the following issues for social justice:
- the Warrant of Fitness on rental housing to become legislation so that a minimum standard of living will be introduced all around New Zealand. This is because we strongly believe that everyone has the right to a warm, dry home.
- the living wage and an end to zero hour contracts. We strongly believe in the dignity of work and need to ensure that families are able to live decent lives and participate in society.
- helping and encouraging refugees as this is a major global crisis and we in New Zealand are able to provide support. We are especially ready to help the incoming Syrian refugees.
No society, however, should act alone. We are proud supporters and co-workers with many charities throughout the Wellington Area since we are all working in our own areas to improve quality of life. A few of these include: