Provider Highlight: St. Vincent de Paul is Leading WAServes Housing & Shelter Service Providers
The WAServes network’s leading Housing & Shelter service provider is Society of St. Vincent de Paul. This Catholic volunteer organization works with and advocates for Veterans to secure the services they may be eligible for, regardless of discharge status. St. Vincent de Paul supports Veterans in establishing coping strategies, maintaining resiliency, identifying strengths, transferring skills, and creating a new purpose and a renewed sense of community.
Approach to Housing & Shelter Services
St. Vincent de Paul’s implementation of Operation Veteran Renewal is designed to support the needs of Veterans. St. Vincent de Paul’s case managers offer a unique Case Management approach, referring to partnering agencies. As a result, case managers thoroughly assess the barriers Veterans are encountering, work on establishing goals, and guide Veterans on implementing an action plan to secure success. St. Vincent de Paul collaborates with each Veteran at a pace which will create stability and success.
Who is Eligible for Operation Veteran Renewal?
At this time, St. Vincent de Paul focuses on serving all Veterans, who have experienced one or more of the following:
- Service connected barriers to successfully transitioning into civilian life
- Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS), Moral Injury (MI), and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Been involved in the criminal justice system and reintegrating back into civilian life
- Loss of employment
- No one to talk to and feeling disconnected from others
Understanding WAServes Client Needs
Housing & Shelter is the largest service type requested by WAServes clients, reflecting 32% of all service cases. The figure below indicates the distribution of closed cases across 16 service types.
St. Vincent de Paul Snapshot
St. Vincent de Paul understands the housing and shelter challenges facing veterans, spouses, and family members, and provides ongoing case management to veterans to ensure a smooth transition back to civilian life. St. Vincent de Paul ensures that all Veterans are engaging in community services they may need. With this approach, this Seattle homeless provider nonprofit is a high-performing service provider among the 15 WAServes housing and shelter providers, having worked with 10% of all housing and shelter services cases, second only to the WAServes Coordination Center.
Understanding St. Vincent de Paul Clients
St. Vincent de Paul’s client base is both male and female, ranging in age from 26 to 61 years old and have served in all branches of the military. Additional details from St. Vincent de Paul’s veteran-client bases:
- 100% of St. Vincent de Paul Operation Veteran Renewal clients are veterans.
- 13% Persian Gulf War (on or After 8/2/1990), 13% Post 9/11 (on or After 9/11/2001), 25% Post-Vietnam (5/8/1975-8/1/1990) service eras
St. Vincent de Paul Clients by Age & Gender
St. Vincent de Paul Clients by Branch of Service
Connecting WAServes Clients with Housing & Shelter
WAServes network members have access to St. Vincent de Paul’s other services:
- Benefit Services
- Clothing & Household Goods Services
- Employment Services
- Emergency Food Services
- Individual & Family Support Services
- Mentoring Services
- Medical Care, Mental/Behavioral Health Care, and Substance Use Care Services
- Mental/Behavioral Healthcare Services
- Substance Use Services
- Housing Services
- Temporary Financial Assistance Services
WAServes is grateful for St. Vincent de Paul and its Operation Veteran Renewal program as a vital resource to reduce homeless for its clients.
If you are a Veteran, Spouse, or Spouse Survivor and need assistance from St. Vincent de Paul in the WAServes network, click here.