FAQs

When was St. Vincent Place Incorporated?

St. Vincent Place was officially incorporated on August 11, 2003.

How is St. Vincent Place funded?

St. Vincent Place consists of three components; a Men’s Shelter, the St. Vincent Thrift Store and a Food Services component which contains a Food Bank and a Soup Kitchen.  St. Vincent Place receives general funding from the District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board (DSSMSSAB),  the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS-Federal Government), as well as grants such as the Bishop Carter Foundation and previously the Trillium Foundation.

Our components would not be possible without monetary and food donations from the private, corporate and public sectors, faith communities of all denominations, schools and individuals.  The Food Services holds an annual Big Blue Box Food Drive in September and Coldest Night of the Year in February. Food Services also has approximately 150 volunteers made up of teams. These volunteer teams donate their time to serve meals in the Soup Kitchen or to provide groceries to clients in the Food Bank. Their dedication is vital to our organization.

Where can I Donate?

You can donate by cheque or cash and mail it to  St.Vincent Place or drop it off during office hours at St. Vincent Place Monday to Friday 9:30am to 3:30pm.   You may donate online at our website by clicking on the donate button payable by credit card. You can set up a one time donation or a continuous monthly donation through Canada Helps. When you donate online you can download and print your own official receipt. All donations are handled by a secure website www.canadahelps.org which is also a non profit organization. Enter Vincent Place in the search area.

Donations made by cheque or cash will be acknowledged by a charitable income tax receipt from St. Vincent Place.

I would like to volunteer, who do I contact?

You can drop by St. Vincent Place at 222 Albert Street East between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and request a volunteer application. Or you can download the  Volunteer Application here. You can fax the application or bring it to St. Vincent Place and a coordinator will contact you. We have four areas that you may want to volunteer in; the Men’s Shelter, Food Bank, Soup Kitchen and Thrift Store. The volunteer coordinator at Vincent Place will match you in your area of interest. A screening for certain volunteer positions is needed. 

You will need Adobe to read the application, you can download  by clicking here.

Who can Volunteer?

Any person with an interest to serve the less fortunate in our community as long as you are over 18 years of age.  If not, you must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

Does St. Vincent Place shelter house women, men and children?

Vincent Place is only designated as a homeless men’s shelter for men over 18 years old.

How can I become a Board Member?

The rules concerning board membership are set out in Section 9 of the St. Vincent Place Bylaws.

The Board is made up of 5-13 Directors.

To be an eligible candidate for the Board you must be a member of the organization for a minimum of 30 days before applying for a position on the Board of Directors.  Members are those who are volunteers in good standing in one of the St. Vincent Place components [Food Services, Thrift Store, Shelter, Board].

Since the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is the patron of St. Vincent Place, 2 Vincentian Directors are appointed by the local conferences of the Society.

Non-Vincentian Directors are elected by a majority of the members at the Annual General Meeting which takes place in the fall of every year.

To ensure broad community involvement, The Board of Directors may also nominate individuals from the Community who are not currently active but wish to become directors.

Elected Directors serve for a term of 3 years.

For further information contact Vince LaRue, Board Chair at 705-253-2770 ext. 1.

 

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