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The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin County, CA: Serving the homeless and those in need with our soup kitchen, car donation program and much more.

St Vincent de Paul of MarinWHO WE ARE

St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin County’s goal is straightforward: to provide services to those in Marin County who are struggling to make ends meet and might not otherwise received help.

Competent volunteers meet with individuals and/or families in order to establish a trusting relationship and to ascertain how they can best be served. They provide assistance in the form of direct aid, intervention, advocacy or moral support. This “neighbor helping neighbor” model holds “respect” as dearest attribute: respect those they serve for their many experiences, their struggles, their talents and their humanity.

The Free Dining Room uses this same volunteer-driven model. In the dining room, neighbors provide neighbors with hot food, a place for respite and a listening heart. They serve all who enter our doors, 365 days of the year.

St Vincent de Paul Society of Marin is a part of an international catholic organization providing services and assistance to those in need. The Marin Council is independently incorporated, administered by its own volunteer board of directors and responsible for its own fundraising and programs. All donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin stay in Marin County.

One of the oldest and most effective charitable organizations in the world, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (http://www.svdpusa.org) is a Catholic lay organization of more than 690,000 men and women throughout the world who voluntarily join together to grow spiritually and offer person-to-person service to the needy and people living in poverty in 142 countries on five continents. With the U.S. headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., membership in the United States totals more than 172,000 in 4,600 communities. Programs include home visits, housing assistance, disaster relief, job training and placement, food pantries, dining halls, clothing, transportation and utility costs, care for the elderly and medicine. Providing more than $595 million in tangible and in-kind services, SVdP serves more than 14 million people in need each year, performs more than 648,000 visits to people in their homes, and delivers more than seven million service hours to those in need, regardless of age, religion, creed, nationality or ethnic background.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin County is committed to ensuring that all individuals have equal access to our assistance, programs, facilities, and employment opportunities. We do not discriminate against any person that will seek help and offer assistance regardless of the race, color, creed, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, national origin, political affiliation, immigration status, mental or physical disability, income level, or medical condition.


Last year, the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin County helped more than 16,000 people in the community, offering assistance in the form of free hot meals, rental deposits, utility assistance, social service referrals, and other vital needs. These services operate without government or church funds, allowing them to serve the community without barriers or restrictions in a timely and compassionate manner. With the kind support of its donors who value the advocacy of St Vincent de Paul, they are able to offer these services free of charge.


Every day, homeless neighbors and other struggling citizens are served with our soup kitchen, housing assistance, open pantry and much more. The Free Dining Room was created in 1981 as a free kitchen to serve Marin County’s hungry citizens with dignity and a welcoming demeanor. The Free Dining Room has been open every single day since then, and has served more than two million meals to our hungry neighbors. Each year St Vincent de Paul serves more than 140,000 meals, providing the only sustenance of the day for diners. Many of them are Marin’s “working poor,” living below the poverty line and trying to make ends meets. We also serve senior citizens and people with disabilities, who often appreciate a hot meal and some warm conversation. Finally, the Dining Room offers a welcome respite to those who do not have housing, and must sleep in their cars or in the hills of Marin County.


Homeless Help Desk welcomes over 1,400 clients each year and offers limited financial aid, referrals, and a sympathetic ear to people without a place to live. The core of this service is to acknowledge emergency needs and stabilizing individuals and families. Last year Vinnies helped transition more than 75 people off the street and into permanent housing.

Services includes such as:

* Brief motel stays for homeless and stranded families
* Rental Deposit assistance
* Transportation
* Prescription medications
* Blankets
* Food
* Clothing, toiletries and other essentials


Every week in Marin County, volunteers from the Society visit people struggling to make ends meet in their homes to help them get through life’s struggles. The primary goal of these visits is to prevent homelessness. They do this by providing rental assistance, utility bill payments, food and more. Cash is never distributed to clients; all needs are verified with appropriate third parties, and all assistance is paid directly to landlords, utility companies, etc. This program is exceptionally committed to keeping children housed, to provide the stability and security that all children need to thrive.

Home visits are the “heart” of the Society, and have been happening around the world for more than 170 years. Last year more than 200 volunteers provided 1,174 home visits to people in every city and town in Marin County.


The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin County owns and operates eight low income apartments above our Dining Room, providing housing for very low income and chronically homeless residents. These apartments are located in downtown San Rafael close to transportation, employment and support services.


The St Vincent de Paul Society provides basic assistance and serves free meals to people from all walks of life, including senior citizens, single parent families, veterans, those working two jobs to make ends meet, the unemployed and the homeless. The vast majority of those we serve are employed in Marin County.


The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin County focuses on key areas of social justice: poverty, homelessness, unemployment, access to healthcare, alleviation of hunger, and personal security and safety.
Please visit the list of resources we have compiled that describe system change and ways to make the world a better place for those who face poverty. The Society does not prescribe a solution, but merely encourages engagement in the public policy process.

Visit http://vinnies.org to find out how you can help. Call 415-454-3303

Why on Earth all the Fuss about Earth Day?

Happy Earth DayHappy Earth Day from Kahl Consultants to all our friends, colleagues and clients around the globe!

Earth Day is an annual event to highlight the importance of making EVERY DAY a day to protect the Earth.

Anually since 1969 the world celebrates International Earth Day on the March Equinox (that's normally on Marin 21). A second Earth Day founded in 1970 is celebrated in many countries each year on April 22. It is so popular in the United States that many communities celebrate Earth Week this week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues. And three's the charm: In 1972 the UNEP established World Environment Day which is celebrated on 5 June every year to raise global awareness for environmental action.

Some folks are critical of Earth Day because it has come to symbolize the marginalization of environmental sustainability. It's a valid point, but Kahl Consultants supports all events that highlight environmental protection measures as a good idea, especially if they make it fun to learn about everyday environmental action.

We encourage everyone to incorporate environmentally friendly practices into their personal lives as well as their business practices. Reduce your consumption. Conserve resources. Take a walk in the park. Shower with a friend!

During Earth Week we encourage you to do some volunteer work in your community. There is no shortage of such work and it is easy to find events in your neighborhood. Here in Marin County you can visit the MY EARTH DAY MARIN website for a list and map of local events where you can help make a difference:

My Earth Day Marin

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If you work in the San Francisco North Bay and are interested in eco-friendly business practices you can put MARIN GREEN DRINKS on your calendar. These green business networking events take place in San Rafael every second Tuesday of the month.

Marin Green Drinks has their speaker schedule online.


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Think green, be nice to Mother Earth and have a very happy Earth Day!

20th Annual Blue Jean Ball '15 Fundraiser

Annual Blue Jean Ball FundraiserThe GRATEFULly DEADicated themed evening will begin with a beer tasting where guests will have a chance to mingle, try their luck in the wine toss and bid in the silent auction. The cocktail reception will be followed by dinner, a live auction and an evening of dancing to the captivating sounds of the Greek Wooden Buddha.

When: Saturday, May 2, 2015 - Evening
Where: Osher Marin JCC
Theme: Gratefully DEADicated
Ticket Info: 415-455-8481

This annual event is a projec of Integrated Community Servcices (ICS), a non profit that provides a wide range of community-based services for individuals with disabilities in the areas of employment, housing, recreation, information, and referral.

Buy tickets here: Blue Jean Bal


Calling All San Rafael to Take Pledge to Conserve Water

Conserve WaterAttention San Rafael!

Mayor Phillips wants you to take a pledge to conserve water! In recognition of our state’s very serious and worsening drought, Mayor Phillips has joined the Wyland Foundation’s National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation. 

Participating is easy, and you will be automatically entered to win over $50,000 in eco-friendly prizes including a Toyota Prius v, water-saving home products, home improvement gift cards and more! 

Click here for a message from the Mayor and help San Rafael win the challenge.

Here’s How It Works:

1.     Go to www.mywaterpledge.com.

2.     Take a 4-step conservation pledge on behalf of the City of San Rafael.

3.     Take a peek at San Rafael’s current standings in the competition.

4.     Encourage your friends to take part!

5.     Tell us how you save water: email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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