The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin County has been honored by the American Red Cross as a community service “hero” for its 66 years of providing Marin’s struggling citizens with food, shelter, clothing and basic aid in order to live safer, healthier lives. The award was presented at the Red Cross’ Marin County Heroes Breakfast in April. The annual breakfast recognizes those who have performed acts of heroism and courage — as well as simple kindness — during the past year. The ceremony was sponsored by the Bank of Marin, Kaiser Permanente and the Marin Independent Journal, and was hosted by ABC-7 News Anchor Cheryl Jennings.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society serves 350 hot breakfasts and 350 hot lunches, 365 days of the year, to Marin’s veterans, seniors, families, and low income residents, including those facing disability, chronic illness and homelessness. In addition, it conducts thousands of home visits each year, providing rental, utility, and other emergency aid in order to prevent homelessness amongst Marin’s residents.
Since 1946, the St. Vincent de Paul Society has provided Marin County residents with a diverse menu of resources to help overcome life’s new, unexpected or ongoing challenges. Last year, the Free Dining Room served an average of 700 nutritious meals per day to local people in need.