Providing support and compassion

We offer services that help people return to a life of self-sufficiency.

“The Hand Up – Not Hand Out” principle guides us as we help to “Clothe the Naked, Feed the Hungry, and Shelter the Homeless”

We offer services that help people return to a life of self-sufficiency.

To provide direction and services supporting individuals and families in North Idaho needing assistance to enrich, fortify and rebuild their lives with dignity.

Larry

As the weather turns chilly, many folks are cozying up at home. It’s a time of the year to be thankful and celebrate the Holidays. Yet, winter takes a toll. There’s a whole community of people trying to survive harsh weather who are sleeping in cars, abandoned homes, alcoves, construction sites, behind buildings away from the wind or in the woods. Unfortunately, some people don’t survive the experience. Since most emergency shelters don’t open until temp’s dip below freezing, that leaves a lot of time when homeless people are forced to fend for themselves outside. Homeless will say, “Sometimes, when you’re hungry, you don’t worry about the cold. Your feet get cold in a car to the point they’re numb. If I have a big enough coat and some gloves, once you wrap up tight and close your eyes, you stay pretty warm.” Survival mode, layering up. Stories of invisible people, sleeping outside this winter. Not if we can help it! That’s when St. Vinny’s steps-in with our community warming shelter. A shelter that wouldn’t exist without the support of grants, corporate and private donations, thrift store sales and volunteerism! Which leads me to this – while looking into the eyes of many folks at our shelter on Thanksgiving Day, it compelled me to share a story about a local eight-year-old named Connor. He and his dad, Jon, have been donating (a lot of) warm winter clothing to the shelter since Connor was four. Dad instilling care-for-others in our next gen and Connor paying-it-forward. It warms my heart, and others too! Homelessness – it’s a situation no one ever plans for. And many of us are just one paycheck or tragedy away from the streets. Each person comes with a story, someone’s son, someone’s sister, everyone worthy of respect. Thanks for your support Kootenai County. You’re the best!

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un-duplicated services a year from SVDP’s HELP Center

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un-duplicated services a year from SVDP’s HELP Center

SVDP operates the largest Men’s Emergency Shelter in Kootenai County

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SVDP operates the largest Men’s Emergency Shelter in Kootenai County

bed nights for the homeless community in 2020

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bed nights for the homeless community in 2020

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Janet discusses the rich history of St. Vinny's and how we got started.