Assessments and Referrals

When you come to St. Vincent de Paul, you can get so much more than a hot meal. You can get lasting help through our two-part Community Assistance Program. First, you can meet our Assistant Director for Community Services (ADCS) Lydia Brewster who works right in the Soup Kitchen. You can be one of the 90% of people who receive assessment and referrals to programs at SVDM and those existing in the greater community. Some of the services include medical attention, shelter referrals, and filling out a universal application for housing. Lydia can be reached at (860) 344-0097 x 18.


Lydia Brewster, Assistant Director of Community Services will greet you and help you find services that can help.

Lydia Brewster, Assistant Director of Community Services will greet you and help you find services that can help.

More outreach services: Minet Mitchell from Columbus House, one of our community partners is also providing outreach services to our guests who use the Soup Kitchen, Amazing Grace Food Pantry and Warming Center. She is in the dining room during our peak hours, 7 to 1:30. You do not need an appointment to see her.

Help to Keep the Lights On or Stay Housed

Sometimes all it takes is an illness or unfortunate event and you have to choose between paying your utility bill or groceries—or your rent. At SVDM, you may be able to avoid spiraling down into deeper poverty, loss of utilities, or even losing your apartment as you strive to get back on your feet. As the second part of our Community Assistance Program, our Community Assistance Coordinator Val Smith will see if you qualify for emergency funds in the form of a small loan or stipend.


Val Smith, Community Assistance Coordinator

Val Smith, Community Assistance Coordinator, can help you find a small loan, stipend or register you for Operation Fuel funds.


You won’t have to trek from church to church or organization after organization looking for financial help. SVDM partners with area churches and organizations so you can receive consistent help at one centralized location, right above the Soup Kitchen. If appropriate, a check can be sent to your landlord, utility company or other creditor to help you regain your balance. You are asked to pay back the loan when you can.




SVDM also serves as one of Operation Fuel, Inc.’s sixty-one fuel banks across the state of Connecticut. Operation Fuel is a private, nonprofit statewide program offering emergency energy assistance to low income, working poor, elderly and disabled households who are ineligible for government assistance. This crisis intervention program assists families facing unemployment, illness, nonsupport or death of a spouse. The mission of Operation Fuel is to provide emergency energy assistance to keep a family warm during the coldest winter months.

Eligibility is determined by the energy bank director, upon review of the client’s completed application, and satisfactory documentation of income and crisis situation. Payments are made directly to the client’s vendor to prevent utility shut-off, reinstate utility service, or to provide for a delivery of oil, wood, or propane gas.

The Operation Fuel Program usually runs from December 1 to May 31. Check the Operation Fuel website, for more information. Contact Valarie Smith, 860-344-0097, Ext. 12, to make an appointment.


Stay Warm at the

City’s Warming Center: Check Specific Locations

Do not stay out in the cold! Go to a Warming Center.

Managed by St. Vincent de Paul Middletown, the Center is open from 9:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. every night during cold weather months. Three area churches take turns as host sites, according to the following schedule:

South Congregational Church, 9 Pleasant St. – Sun.,Nov. 19–Sat., Dec. 9, 2017, Wed., Mar. 7 to Sat., Mar. 31, 2018.
Church of the Holy Trinity, 381 Main St. – Sun., Dec. 10 – Sat., Dec. 30, 2017, Sun., Feb. 11 – Tues., Mar. 6, 2018.
St. John Church (old St. John School building), 5 St. John’s Sq. – Sun., Dec. 31 to Sat. Feb. 10, 2018.

This is a warming center only, not a shelter. If you need shelter placement, please call 2-1-1.

Depending on the season and availability, you may receive sleeping bags, tents, and toiletries, gloves and hats from our Community Assistance program.