Executive Director, Society of St. Vincent De Paul, King County
As a 90+ year-old King County-based organization, we intervene to prevent eviction, hunger, utility shut-off and address other crisis situations regardless of creed, ethnic or social background, health, gender or political opinion. Our goal is to reduce an individual's and a family's suffering while we strive to correct conditions that foster such suffering. Our 53 community organizations (called Conferences) and their 1,100 volunteers respond to emergency assistance requests. Volunteers visit low-income and the newly poor middle-class in person-to-person private, confidential and dignified meetings within the home. From Oct. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2011 (SVDP FY2011) our Conferences provided over $3.2 M of cash and in-kind assistance and helped over 108,000 individuals.