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Dream Center Assistant

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Mission

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) strives to Feed, Clothe, House, & Heal individuals and families in our community who have nowhere else to turn for help. Equally as important, we provide more

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About the Internship

Duties:

The Dream Center assistant will be responsible for working with children of all ages. They will assist with the implementation and supervision of various activities in coordination with Dream Center volunteers, and the Dream Center Supervisor. Dream Center kids receive help with homework, reading, math tutoring, writing, computers and the arts. The Dream Center is continually growing and offering new classes/contests which require oversight. We encourage new ideas from kids, volunteers and interns!

Population Served:

SVdP serves several populations in need throughout Northern and Central Arizona including the working poor and those experiencing chronic homelessness.  The SVdP Medical/Dental Clinic, dining rooms, and food bank serve individuals and families in poverty.  In addition to families in poverty, SVdP serves those experiencing chronic homelessness.  SVdP has an overflow evening shelter and many services like case management, utility assistance, etc. that help individuals end their homelessness. 

Community Need:

In Arizona, 17.4% of individuals or families live in poverty which exceeds the national average of 13.5% (United States Census Bureau).  This means that over “2 million Arizonians are considered working poor, living at or below the federal poverty guideline” (Feeding America).  The federal poverty threshold for a family of four in Arizona including two children is $23,339.  In addition to individuals or families in poverty, one in 184 Arizonans are experiencing homelessness (2015 AZ DES Report). The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Phoenix Dioceses, provides services to alleviate poverty and homelessness in Arizona.

Community Impact:

Community Volunteers are an integral part of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  Every year, 10,000 individuals volunteer at the Phoenix Council for SVdP allowing our organization to make a greater impact in community.  Approximately 95% of the SVdP workforce are volunteers. Without the assistance of volunteers, SVdP would not be able to Feed, Clothe, House, and Heal those in need.  Last year, 10,000,000 meals were distributed to the community through 5 dining rooms and food boxes.  Over $3 million in services to uninsured or underinsured individuals or families were provided by the SVdP Medical and Dental Clinic.