St. Vincent de Paul serves vital role in Auburn community

The phone never stops ringing, the doors often swing open.

St. Vincent de Paul remains a vital resource, a go-to place for needy individuals and struggling families in the Auburn area.

Perhaps even more so today.

For many, the struggle to pay the bills and put food on the table continues.

“We’ve seen people who have never had problems,” said Dave Patnode, of the South King County St. Vincent de Paul Stores. “Many people have lost their jobs, their homes. … There are a lot of people hurting out there.”

Patnode and his staff continue to meet the growing need. He has been a part of the challenge for 16 years at the Auburn stores, giving others hope in difficult and desperate times.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Holy Family Conference – with support from the City of Auburn – continues to extend a helping hand.

The Muckleshoot Tribe recently became a major member of the financial-support team.

Demand remains great. The nonprofit organization gave away approximately $50,000 in clothing alone last year.

As expected, available clothing and food are high on the inventory list, Patnode said.

Last year the organization made more than 3,000 referrals to other social service agencies, coordinating help for those it could not help itself.

In addition to clothing, food, household items and other necessities, St. Vincent de Paul provides financial help on a limited, emergency basis.

Cash, food and clothing donations are gladly accepted.

Money donations can be sent to: The Holy Family Conference of St. Vincent de Paul, P.O. Box 624, Auburn, WA 98071-0625


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