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Resource 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 Resource Center is housed on the SVdP Watkins campus, and provides a safe haven for families and individuals in need of help.  Guests experiencing homelessness are welcomed with showers, clothing, shoes, counseling, ride vouchers, and referral services.  When we meet our guests experiencing homelessness for the first time, their mood, often colored by too many years of bad luck, is met with compassion, motivation, and creativity. 

The Resource Center Assistant will have the opportunity to serve in several capacities to assist guest in becoming more self-sufficient.  Including the following:

  • The Resource Center has a hotline that people in need will call to ask questions and express concerns or need for assistance.  The Resource Center Assistant will receive training on how to refer guests to the appropriate SVdP outreach network or conference in their neighborhood. 
  • The Resource Center Assistant will also have the opportunity to greet guests and help them through the enrollment process so they are ready to receive services.  During this process, the Resource Center Assistant will collect important data from clients that helps SVdP understand the population they serve.  Homeless guests that visit SVdP will have access to a showers and a clothing closet. 
  • Guests will be interviewed by the Resource Center Assistant to determine if they are eligible for these services and what specific items they may need.  This may include access to shower facilities, eviction prevention support, or even need for medical equipment such as wheel chairs, if applicable.
  • Resource Center is largely supported by community donations and has established an inventory system to ensure donations are organized.  Donated or purchased items are received by Special Ministries and will be sorted appropriately using this system. 
  • In addition to day to day service activities, the Resource Center Assistant will have the opportunity to explore additional projects such as creating a resource navigation tool for guests or developing other components of the program.
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's Resource Center provides 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.