THE EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE HOT LINE
A struggling family needs
groceries and the food stamps are depleted. Another has no money to pay rent
that’s already a month behind. Someone else has an overdue utility bill and
service is about to be cut off. Still another needs transportation to visit a
dying parent up north.
These are but a sampling of the heart-wrenching
telephone calls that come in every day, all day to our Emergency Hot
Line at our District Office, where volunteers assist families who are in dire need of assistance.
Aided by a huge map of South Pinellas County
where the boundaries of the Conferences are color-coded, the volunteers pinpoint where the caller is located and
then refer him or her to the nearest Conference. The Conference, in turn,
will assign two Vincentians to schedule a home visit with the individual or family to determine how they can help.
In addition to the Conferences, Hot Line callers may also be
referred to other Pinellas County social service agencies that have special
expertise in given areas.
For emergency assistance, please contact 727-825-0725.