Support for Single Moms in the East Valley: St. Vincent de Paul


Today we’re talking about one of the largest nonprofits to support single moms across Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler and beyond: St. Vincent de Paul.

Single moms needing a little extra support, from meals to diapers, can lean on the services St. Vincent de Paul offers just for them. When my dad passed away unexpectedly in 2009, we asked in lieu of flowers, to make donations to St. Vincent de Paul. His coworkers also completed a day of service at St. Vincent de Paul in my dad’s memory. 

When given the opportunity to showcase a charitable organization for our Heart of East Valley Moms charity spotlight, St. Vincent de Paul immediately came to my heart. This charity has been near and dear to our hearts for as long as I can remember, and they’re doing so much in the community to support local families, moms and our communities.

It is always the place my family thinks of when it comes to volunteering our time, talent and treasure. I hope you enjoy reading and learning more about the important work they are doing in our community. 



How does St. Vincent de Paul support moms in our community?

Our NextPhase Family Dining Room serves restaurant-style meals to families and single moms with children Monday through Friday. 

The dining room has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and serves as a place to connect to much needed resources such as food boxes while their children have the opportunity to participate in our daily Dream Center educational activities and receive help with their homework.

Additionally, our Sunnyslope and Mesa Dining Rooms also provide meals and resources to single moms including much needed diapers, wipes and formula.

Do you have any volunteer opportunities that young children are welcome to join?

Yes, on our main campus we have several opportunities for young children including our  Food Bank, Rob & Melani Walton Urban Farm, Kitchen, Pizza Fridays, Family Evening Meal and Dream Center. Ages vary from six years old to nine years old with an adult depending on the opportunity.

You can access our website with a full list and sort by the age of your youngest child: 

Can you share three easy ways we can support StVdP?

-Volunteer with your family and invite others to join you! 🙂 

-Make a donation and use their AZ state tax credit (up to $800!) to support SVdP.

-Download our Angels on Call App and help a neighbor in need. Many single moms receive help from this program.

Can you tell me about yourself and the work you do at St. Vincent de Paul? What are you most proud of in this work you are doing?

My name is Shawn Donnelly and I am the director of community engagement. I am excited to be able to provide engagement, educational, and volunteer experiences across St. Vincent de Paul. I am most proud of the life changing work we do, not only for those we serve but how volunteering changes the lives of those serving as well.

What is the mission of St. Vincent de Paul?

Our mission is to feed, clothe, house, and heal those in need while providing opportunities for community members to come together and serve others. SVdP has powerful programs and passionate volunteers throughout Central and Northern Arizona united by the common purpose of bringing compassionate help and crucial services to individuals and families in need. 

Learn more about local nonprofits that welcome children and family volunteers in our roundup post here

Submit a local nonprofit doing incredible work for local families for our Heart of East Valley Moms charity spotlight here


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