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The St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph County reaches out across the community to both prevent duplication of services and to maximize our capacity to serve those in need. Our key collaborators are listed below. 
Advocacy Center
American Red Cross
Bridges out of Poverty
Broadway Christian Parish
Catholic Charities
Catholic Worker
Center for Positive Change
Center for the Homeless
Christ Child Society
Department of Corrections/Work Release
 
Food Bank of Northern Indiana
Goodwill Industries
HOPE Ministries
Kroc Center (Salvation Army)
La Casa de Amistad​
Marian High School
Purdue Extension Services
Real Services
Saint Joseph High School
Saint Margaret’s House
 
Sr Community Service Employment Pgm (SCSEP)
Sister Maura Brannick Health Center
South Bend Community Re-Entry Center
South Bend Community School Corporation
Stone Soup Community
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Pgm (SNAP)
Toys for Tots
United Way of St. Joseph County
University of Notre Dame
YWCA

PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: SCSEP (Senior Community Service Employment Program)

SCSEP is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. This program helps older workers build the experience and confidence they need to find permanent employment. Who is eligible? People 55 or older; income eligible (low income), unemployed and seeking employment. Those eligible serve their communities while gaining valuable on-the-job training through paid temporary assignments with local non-profit and government organizations. The program is administered through the Northern Indiana Workforce Board (NIWB) in South Bend.

Each participant gets paid minimum wage (through SCSEP) and works 20 hours a week. They generally stay at one location 6-12 months. Some of the criteria:
  • They cannot be drivers or riders
  • They must be assigned to a supervisor
  • Supervisor would be responsible for participant’s time card, evaluation, etc.
  • They must be trained and stay in the same job the entire time
  • Since this is a stepping stone to employment, they could be hired by SVdP 

Saint Vincent de Paul is a host agency for participants at each of our 5 locations:  3 resale stores, 1 distribution center and the District Council Office. SCSEP is currently working with 15 other host agencies in St. Joseph County.