St. Vincent de Paul - Van Elslander Family Center

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313-393-2930, 877-788-4623, Toll-Free: 877-ST-VINCENT

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3000 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48207

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Must be referred by a St. Vincent de Paul parish conference; call Main Office toll-free at 877-788-4623 or 313-393-2930 for information on nearest parish conference or contact local area Catholic Church.


For more than 130 years, St. Vincent de Paul has been privileged to provide critical support to residents of Southeastern Michigan who are hurting. St Vincent de Paul helps over 300,000 people each year by providing food, shelter, utility assistance and more to those in need. Our dental clinic, summer camp, thrift stores and donation centers and nutrition center support our long term strategic efforts to eliminate poverty and suffering in our community.  No act of charity is unknown to St Vincent de Paul.

Journey To Housing

St. Vincent de Paul’s Journey to Housing program seeks to solve the problem of homelessness in northwestern Wayne County communities. The Journey to Housing Program supports those in need of shelter by providing them with move-in costs, furniture, household goods and monthly rent subsidy until the family can become financially independent (with 12-18 months of weekly counseling). We help the family work towards self-sufficiency and assist the family with budgeting, household management, parenting skills and more.

If you are in need of shelter, please contact your local parish and you will be referred to a St. Vincent de Paul in the Metro-West District (the cities of Canton, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, Inkster, Livonia, Northville, Plymouth, Redford, Wayne, and Westland). Priority placement will be given to families with children and current living situations will be taken into consideration. After an interview and evaluation, it will be determined if you qualify for our Journey to Housing Program.

Dental Center

My Community Dental Center welcomes children and adults enrolled in Medicaid, including Healthy Kids Dental, Healthy Michigan Plan, the uninsured and those with private dental insurance. The organization is also pleased to offer My Dental Program (MyDP) for those without dental insurance, which provides reduced fees based on household income.

MCDC Provide a full range of general dentistry services, including:

  • Oral exam/cleanings

  • Fillings

  • Fillings

  • Tooth removal

  • Partials and dentures

  • Other dental procedures

  • Initial exam with X-rays: $39 for new patients

We accept:

  • Medicaid Plans

  • MIChild

  • Healthy Michigan Plan

  • Uninsured

  • MyDP (based on income)

To schedule an appointment call 877-313-6232

Emergency Help

Provides household goods and clothing for people with an emergency need. Does not provide major appliances, such as stoves, refrigerators, or washers and dryers.

Provides emergency food packages which typically contain a 3-7 day supply of staple items, canned goods, meat, dairy products, fresh produce, and toiletries. Program is intended to serve people in emergency situations and should not be considered on-going assistance. Individuals and families may receive up to 3 packages per year. Program does not provide special holiday food baskets. Organization distributes approximately 400 packages per month.

Provides temporary financial assistance for emergency needs. Direct services provided by local parish conferences; type and amount of assistance varies according to conference.

Energy Assistance

One of the Special Works of St. Vincent de Paul, Detroit is to offer energy assistance to income eligible households who may be in danger of having their electric and heating utilities disconnected or who are unable to pay their energy bills.

St. Vincent de Paul – Detroit is pleased to have been awarded the 2017 – 2018 Michigan Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) grant award of $6,000,000 from the Michigan Agency for Energy that will enable us to continue serving our neighbors throughout Michigan.

If you meet the eligibility guidelines below and live in the counties of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Lapeer or St. Clair please call 313-393-2930 for assistance.  

Bridges to HOPE

Bridges to HOPE is a NO COST program offering life planning lessons for individuals interested in creating a more stable, secure future for their family. There are two sessions per week, on Tuesday and Thursday, for eight weeks. Each session is two hours long. Participants receive a stipend (commitment form required), a “Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World” workbook, transportation (upon request), and meals at each workshop.

For more information on signing up for this program, please visit the St. John Providence Website

helpful tips
Helps everyone in need, regardless of religious affiliation.
Building is painted bright yellow and easy to find.
Free guarded parking in back on Heidelberg Street.
Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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