SUPPORT FROM VINNIES
We offer the following services:
PRACTICAL HELP - put you in touch with agencies who can help.
FINANCIAL HELP - by referring you to a budgeter who can help you manage your money.
BABY EQUIPMENT -by providing the equipment you will need for your new baby including cots, bassinettes, pushchairs, highchairs etc.
CLOTHING & LINEN - by ensuring you and your family has all they need to be safe and comfortable including clothing and bedding.
The Society helps families who find themselves facing financial hardship by assisting them in finding the help they need to get back on track. The Society offers practical help for those struggling to provide the essentials for themselves or their family, this can be a bed to sleep on, food or clothing, or other essential household items. We also provide a financial mentoring (budgeting) service by appointment.
Anyone can apply for help and support from the Society.
The Society does receive many requests for help, and has to make difficult decisions. The Society would like to help everyone but this is not possible, so financial applications are decided by one of our Committees (called Conferences). The Society targets help to those who can demonstrate that they are trying to change their life and the lives of their family for the long term.
PRACTICAL HELP AND SUPPORT THE SOCIETY HAS PROVIDED:
- Helped move an elderly, disabled couple with no family into a new rental property. They approached The Society for help, and a team of volunteers and a van were arranged and moved the couple's possessions to their new home.
- Provided firewood to help keep a house warm for a woman whose child suffers from asthma. They lived in a damp, cold house.
- Provided clothing to a women and her children as they fled domestic violence in Australia. They had returned to New Zealand with just the clothes they were wearing. The Society also assisted by providing furniture and household items and food until they were settled.
- A local homeless man was suffering from a chronic health condition over winter and The Society arranged for a GP and paid for his medical treatment, as well as transport to get him to and from the GP's rooms.
- The Society has assisted many families by giving them essential baby equipment, for example; cots, pushchairs, high chairs, basinettes.
- The Society has provided sleeping bags and blankets to people temporarily found themselves sleeping in their cars.
TE PUKE HELPLINE: PHONE SUPPORT CENTRE ON: 07 578 3814
To access our services please contact us at:
766 Cameron Road, Tauranga (behind shop)
Phone: 07 578 3814
"Dear Lorna and All of Saint Vincent de Paul: You don't know what you have given myself and children. You will forever be in our hearts - Arohanuitinotino" - name removed for privacy
"Hi! I just want to say such a big thank you to you! You have been helping me through this new path in my life and have made a stressful and hard time of year so enjoyable and so full of Love!! You are a wonderful person and the work you do for everyone is just so amazing! Many many thanks to you Claire! Thank you for being so wonderful, for your help with my move and for giving my boys a great Christmas morning to wake up to! - J Evans, Tauranga