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St. Vincent de Paul Pharmacy

Serving the Uninsured at St. Vincent de Paul Pharmacy

Serving the Uninsured at St. Vincent de Paul Pharmacy 1920 2560 SVDP USA

For the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, one pervasive challenge across the communities we serve is poor health management, often exacerbated by lack of access to prescription medications.

The first pharmacy of its kind in Texas, the St. Vincent de Paul Pharmacy serves the uninsured whose household income is at or below 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, which for a family of four is an annual income of $25,701. Nearly 1 in 2 Texans have incomes at or below 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.

Since its founding in March 2018, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul North Texas’ freestanding charitable pharmacy, named the St. Vincent de Paul Pharmacy, has filled the gap for many North Texans unable to afford medication. Nearly half of all Texans have incomes at or below 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.

As the pandemic’s effects continue to severely impact our neighbors in need, the pharmacy has been busier than ever, serving nearly 1,000 patients and averaging more than 400 prescriptions per week since March 2020. The St. Vincent de Paul team also innovated their service model by removing the transportation barriers that had previously prevented some clients from obtaining their medication by allowing for prescriptions to be mailed or personally delivered to those who need it.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul North Texas CEO Mike Pazzaglini recently spoke on the program’s expansion on Good Morning Texas. He noted that rather than a reduction in services, the St. Vincent de Paul pharmacy actually served exponentially more neighbors in need over the last year. “We went from 9,000 the year prior, to this year, where we filled over 17, 500 prescriptions.”

Says one pharmacy patient, Elsa R., “I am really grateful because I depend on my medication and I would not know how to find the means to pay.”

Neighbors in need aren’t the only ones who see the benefits of the pharmacy. Vincentian volunteer Martha Korioth notes that, “Vincentians are called to BE the face of Jesus TO others — and, to SEE the face of Jesus IN others. As a volunteer at the SVdP Pharmacy, I see the face of Jesus in the face of each Pharmacy staff member, and I see Jesus’ smiling face on each friend, who comes to pick up their medications. Remarkable growth [of the program]… is leading to Systemic Change for the poorest of the poor in this community.”

To learn more about how you can help support the St. Vincent de Paul Pharmacy in Texas, or to learn whether you qualify for services, visit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul North Texas website.

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Will You Help the Friends of the Poor?

Will You Help the Friends of the Poor? 2560 1707 SVDP USA

At the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, many of our nearly 4,500 Conferences and Councils across the United States have felt the financial effects of COVID-19. Some are seeing up to a 300% increase in need for food alone! And with 10 million Americans currently behind in rent payments, we expect a similar increase in demand for rent assistance in coming months, regardless of eviction moratoriums and government help.

By making a gift to the Friends of the Poor Grant Fund, you will provide emergency funding for local St. Vincent de Paul Conferences and Councils, to help Vincentian volunteers meet the growing demand for food and other basic emergency needs.

Will you donate today to the Friends of the Poor program? Your financial support is crucial and will allow Vincentian volunteers to bring the hope of the Gospel, answering Christ’s call to his disciples in Mathew 25: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink.”

Your Donation Makes a Difference 

Please donate today at www.svdpusa.org/friendsofthepoor. You will be helping those most impacted by COVID-19.
Thank you, and may Christ’s presence fill your hearts this most sacred time of year.
SVdP Georgia Pharmacy

SVdP Georgia Community Pharmacy Now Open

SVdP Georgia Community Pharmacy Now Open 2048 1367 SVDP USA

One pervasive challenge across the communities served by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is poor health management, often exacerbated by lack of access to prescription medications. Some local Vincentian Conferences and Councils are meeting that challenge by creating community pharmacies to dispense medication to low-income, uninsured patients at little or no charge.

Our newest location, the SVdP Georgia Community Pharmacy opened Monday, February 1. It’s a fully licensed charitable pharmacy whose mission is to provide prescription medications and wellness education for low-income individuals by providing prescribed maintenance medications to neighbors in need.

Providing services to the entire state of Georgia, the SVdP Georgia Community Pharmacy supports Georgia residents who quality for services and cannot afford maintenance medications for conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular, asthma, COPD, and mental health.

Who’s Eligible?

Once a patient is referred to the community pharmacy, volunteer screeners will check their eligibility, based on income and expenses. The pharmacy will serve eligible patients with an income no greater than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and uninsured individuals 18+ living within the State of Georgia; as well as individuals with a valid prescription(s) for the medication needed.

Georgia residents who may qualify can submit an eligibility form here.

Your Donations Can Help

The SVdP Georgia Community Pharmacy will be crucial to a strong network of healthcare agencies, social service non-profits, churches, and public agencies that work together closely to serve needy patients throughout the state.

The pharmacy is currently accepting both financial and in-kind donations. For every $1 donated, the pharmacy is able to dispense $12 worth of medications.

Additional Pharmacy Information

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s community-based charitable pharmacies employ three strategies proven to have a positive impact on health outcomes:

  1. Carrying essential medication via a smart, therapeutically effective formulary, targeted to manage primary-care health conditions.
  2. Dispensing the volume of medication needed to serve all patients.
  3. Providing that medication in a consistent supply, day after day, year after year, for patients who maintain health through medication therapies.

Located in diverse communities across the country, our charitable pharmacies dispense low-cost or free medication to our most vulnerable populations, helping them to lead healthier, more productive lives.

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