H.E.L.P. Center – Programs
Having begun in 1988 in a little corner of the Coeur d’Alene thrift store, St. Vincent de Paul’s Social Service Office has grown to be the heart of our agency and the entry point for most of our self-sufficiency programs. Located in the H.E.L.P. Center, 201 E Harrison, Coeur d’Alene, this office sees into the neediest corners of Kootenai County, offering assistance regardless of a person’s faith, culture, or background. Staff members extend aid to very low-income and homeless individuals and families through financial assistance, information, and referrals while offering individualized attention combined with understanding, compassion, and the knowledge that all people are worthy and deserving of kindness and love.
While we specialize in serving the homeless and those at-risk of homelessness, we also serve the disabled, victims of domestic abuse, veterans in need, at-risk youth, and the elderly. We offer a wide array of housing and self-sufficiency services and programs with the belief that those who seek help need a hand up and not a hand out. With this a cornerstone principle, all of the services we offer are geared towards teaching self-reliance.
Click on a tab to the left to find out more about the services we provide.
St. Vincent de Paul created First Impressions that gives job seekers the resources they need to get into the workplace with a potential employer. A job interview starts the instant the job seeker walks through the door, and to be taken seriously they need the right look.
First Impressions is a two-hour workshop where we furnish each participant with:
- Free interview and work clothing
- Interview Classes
- Resume Writing
- Career Counseling
After attending our First Impressions program, job applicants can interview with confidence.
Art on the Edge
In 1994, AOE was born in the shelters of St. Vincent de Paul to provide homeless children an opportunity to express themselves through art. Our mission is to provide a creative environment, using art as a tool for learning problem-solving, goal-setting, community values, and increased self-esteem. It is the creative process that brings us out of ourselves, shows our uniqueness, and makes us equal. This is a problem-solving process encouraging higher-level thinking, invention, and the identification and making of choices. As we create, we become more flexible in our thinking. It is this flexibility that is the key to our problem-solving abilities.
Art on the Edge is designed for those who would benefit from the opportunity to express themselves and explore the creative process in a safe, structured environment. Our program utilizes the visual and performing arts as the tool to reinforce equality, self-expression, resiliency, and positive social skills. AOE provides quality art classes, workshops, and social events with the belief that art has the potential to enhance the lives of individuals and the ability to create revolutionary change within our community.
To learn how to become involved with Art on the Edge, more about donating to Art on the Edge, or for a list of needed studio materials, please contact Tarin Leach at (208)664.3095 ext 388 or email@example.com.
Case Management services are a way to help clients be accountable for their own lives, as well as the assistance they receive. Working with a skilled Case Manager, clients build an individualized case plan that maps out their goals and their path to success and self-reliance. Case Managers offer support, direction, referrals, and accountability, while meeting with clients as often as necessary.
Father Bill’s Kitchen
Food, Showers, Laundry Facilities
Father Bill’s Kitchen serves dinner to over 100 people every night Monday through Friday from 5:00pm to 6:30pm. Sometimes it’s the only meal of the day for many. We need help!
We are looking for individuals, or groups, to commit to at least 1 dinner during the week for the months of April and May. We would like to find people who will provide the food, cook and serve dinner in our brand new commercial kitchen.
This would be a great opportunity for Scout groups, service clubs, other nonprofits, churches or anyone wanting to volunteer AND serve a great meal to those who have very little.
If you are interested please call Heather at 208-664-3095 ext 330
Coming soon …
John O’Brien House
Lynn Peterson House
Keeping children safe and families strong!
Parenting is one of the toughest and most important jobs we will ever do, and we all have a stake in the outcome. Research shows that parents who have the tools, resources and support they need are more likely to raise safe, healthy and productive children.
Towards that end, ICARE offers an array of best-practice parenting classes including Nurturing Parenting and Nurturing Fathers. These classes are offered at The HELP Center and in elementary schools around Kootenai County. A best-practice child sexual abuse prevention class available as well.
The heart of the ICARE Program is our Home Visits. Our nationally certified parent educators can do a series of individualized Home Visits to better meet the needs of specific high risk families. Strengthening families benefits us all.
The ICARE Program is dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect and committed to making Kootenai County a better, safe place for our most precious resources – our children.
Housed at the new H.E.L.P. Center, 201 E. Harrison Ave., ICARE also has resources for children and families and offers links to other community resources.
For more information on the ICARE Program, contact Katie Simmons at 208-676-1515, ext. 315, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Local attorneys volunteer their time to provide free legal consultations at our weekly Legal Link clinic. The basis of the program is to offer lower-income people information on what resources are available to assist them with their legal issues. Legal Link’s attorneys help inform clients about the law and their rights as it relates to their concerns, and helps them decide what direction they should take in their legal matters. By giving them good legal information, Legal Link empowers people to make better choices.
Legal Link services are available Tuesday and Thursday from 1pm-3pm
For clients who need help budgeting their monthly bills, St. Vincent de Paul offers Payee Services. By signing St. Vincent up as an approved payee, clients can feel secure knowing that their income will be managed responsibly and their monthly bills will be paid each month on time, every time. While most clients who utilize Payee Services receive Social Security payments, any client who has a steady income is eligible for this financial management program.
Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing (HPRR), is a program that can assist financially in order to keep individuals and families in their homes, who would otherwise become homeless and help those who are already in homeless shelters or living on the street get in to permanent housing.
- Financial assistance
- Case management
- Information and referrals
- Must be a resident of Region 1
- Must have verifiable income
- Must be literally homeless for Rapid Re-housing
- Must have an eviction notice for Homeless prevention
Information Needed for Assistance
- Pay Stubs
- Verification of other income
Verification of Assistance
- Housing Verification
- Utility Bills
Rent & Utility Assistance
St. Vincent de Paul offers emergency assistance for individuals and families who are in crisis and have an eviction notice and/or a shut off notice for utilities.
Documents for General Assistance
- Photo ID for all adults and children who reside in the household.
- Social security cards for household members (including children)
- Proof of current income (past 30 days) for all adults.
- Prefer that all adults be present
- Must be a resident of Kootenai county.
- Lease and eviction notice
- Lease and shut-off notice
Assistance is available on a first come, first served basis.
Hours are Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Trinity Group Homes
Since 1979, Trinity Group Homes’ mission has been to provide caring, community supported housing for adults with programs that teach life skills. Our goal has been and is to ensure that adults with a severe and persistent mental illness have safe aﬀordable housing in a supportive environment.
Our seven residential facilities in Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls operate as semi-independent homes. We collaborate with case management service providers to assist with medication compliance as well as with Community Based Rehabilitative Services (CBRS) specialists, therapists, peer support specialists and medical professionals. Housing is also provided for some participants in the Kootenai County Mental Health Court after background review.
Our goal is to enable residents to graduate from our semi-independent group living programs into community living.
Each resident has a private room in one of our seven homes. Trinity operates two duplexes with 18 residents in Coeur d’Alene, and two homes in Post Falls. Construction ofone duplex in Post Falls was funded by a USDA Rural Development loan and by a grant from the Inland Northwest Community Foundation; local non-profits and churches furnished the interior of the home. Our overall capacity is now 33 private resident rooms.
Building improvements have also been supported through grants from the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation and the Community Cancer Charities of Kootenai County.
Resident Support and Training
Trinity’s staff also works 1 on 1 with residents in areas such as conflict resolution, budgeting, communication skills, boundary setting, symptom management, service navigation, etc. Our life skills program utilizes community based professionals, and St. Vincent staff to present a well-rounded curriculum.
Success measurements include the following: higher level of social interaction skills, increased sense of pride in their home environment, decrease in isolation, increased mental health coping skills, increased daily participation within the home setting; and improved medication management.
Life Skills Groups
Life skills groups meet weekly in our homes, driven by resident interest and facilitated by staff or a member of the community. During a weekly “game night” meals are planned and prepared by the residents.
Participation in our employment and life skills program enables residents to take advantage of educational opportunities and develop viable employment and social skills. With the aid of community mental health resources, our residents can become successful and contributing members of society.
Our Life Skills training program is been generously supported through grants from the United Way, BNSF Railroad, Union Pacific Railroad and the HECLA Foundation.
Our programs provide life-changing opportunities for Trinity’s residents. We receive no local, state or federal support. While strengthening our community, the residents become contributing members of society who now have life and employment skills and are able to continue to live without costs to taxpayers. For some residents unable to cope outside of the structured, safe environment provided, Trinity is a long-term home and we’ve maintained 99% occupancy since 2010.
Trinity’s annual operating funds come from a wide range of sources. Support comes from rent and utility payments by residents (66%); corporate, business and non-profit grants (20%), direct public support, including United Way (6%), fundraising (4%) and indirect public support and donations (4%), including contributions by 100% of Board Members. Trinity is a member agency of the United Way of Kootenai County, which provides continuing support. Other private donations and grants from regional foundations and civic groups such as Rotary, Coeur d’Alene Tribe, and Kiwanis provide support. Grants from national and corporate foundations support various aspects of our operation and capital improvement needs.
When residents fail and are hospitalized, homeless, or incarcerated, taxpayers pay these costs. If an individual requires hospitalization, costs range from $67-$512 per day,and incarceration ranges from$52 – $72 per day.
As reported in 2010, Kootenai County spends over $6 million dollars annually on services to the homeless. Trinity operates at no cost to the taxpayers; we receive no local, state, or federal operating funds.
Volunteers take residents to medical and psychiatric appointments, meet with their Fiscal agent/Payee organizations, to AA, NA and group therapy sessions, or to tasks like grocery stores and shopping. Please call to help!
Child & Adult Care Food Program
St. Vincent de Paul administers a U.S. Department of Agriculture Child Care Food Program (CACFP) designed to provide children in day care with nutritious food on a regular basis. For many children, these meals are a primary source of the nutrition they need to grow strong and healthy.
We work with both in-home daycare providers, as well as daycare centers, to ensure they offer meals and snacks that provide the vitamins and minerals children need. To help these providers afford to provide healthy meals, while still charging reasonable rates for child care, the Child Care Food Program reimburses providers for the cost of the food.
To participate in the Child Care Food Program, a daycare provider must be licensed, serve meals and snacks that meet USDA guidelines, and maintain good records.
For more information about the Child Care Food Program (CCFP), please contact the Program Director, Deanna Jeffres at 208-664-2562 or by email at email@example.com. The CCFP office is located in the H.E.L.P. Center 201 E Harrison, Coeur d’Alene.
If you are able to help or donate please contact Warming Center Coordinator Scott at 208-664-3095 Ext. 306.