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St. Vincent de Paul HELP Center seeks help

Facility sees sudden rise in those looking for assistance

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Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - Matt Hutchinson has seen it busy at St. Vincent de Paul.

He has seen the people line up at the HELP Center. He has seen the folks fill the warming shelter in Post Falls. He has seen the packed men's and women's shelters.

But the last two weeks have been unlike any others.

"I've never seen it like this before," St. Vincent's social services director said Wednesday.

An estimated 100 people a day are turning to the HELP Center on Harrison Avenue for assistance with everything from rent to utilities to gas, food, clothing and advice on legal matters.

Some are just coming in from the cold to warm up and, hopefully, get a meal.

They are the unemployed, the homeless and the low-income who just can't keep up with expenses and have nowhere to go.

"You name it," Hutchinson said.

Such is demand that St. Vincent's is asking for the public's help.

Soup, chili, spaghetti, canned or homemade, is needed and would be appreciated to help feed those struggling to survive. Snacks are also needed during these cold months.

St. Vincent's men's and women's shelters are full and its warming center in Post Falls is seeing 15-20 people each night the temperatures drops to 25 degrees or lower.

Hutchinson said the climate, unemployment, low-paying jobs and high rent are forcing more people to seek help.

The HELP Center is providing about 30 meals a day.

"Last month is when it really started to kick in," he said.

Donations can be dropped off at the HELP Center, 201 E. Harrison Ave., 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Information: Barb, 416-4716

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  • my own opinion posted at 4:20 am on Tue, Jan 22, 2013.

    my own opinion Posts: 397

    Overpriced rummage sale. I stopped donating stuff because they put stuff outside to weather. Would you buy any machine from outside in the elements?. Lots of stuff inside is ruined from mishandling saw furniture I donated that was in good condition all piled under other stuff leaving it all gouged and scratched. Who cares I gave it away right? would have been nice to know my donations where not going for a hoard pile. Fred Sanford was the same a hoarder.

  • ShinyRockDale posted at 4:28 pm on Fri, Jan 18, 2013.

    ShinyRockDale Posts: 26

    St Vincent de Paul-North Idaho provides more than a safety net with manyi proactive programs to have folks pull themselves out of poverty here which which it is hoped will always be home for them.

  • idahoguy posted at 7:44 am on Thu, Jan 17, 2013.

    idahoguy Posts: 932


    Insanity is often defined as doing the same thing day in and day out expecting different results.

    There are many regions in this country doing much better and have better weather than trying to survive here with others funding you.

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