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Greater Houston Covid-19 Recovery Fund Grants $150,000 to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jenni Granero


Houston, TX (June 4, 2020) - In its second round of grant distributions, the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund granted $150,000 to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The Society is one of 65 nonprofit partners and charitable organizations who have a proven system and experience serving the most vulnerable in our community in times of disaster.

"This grant will help provide basic needs, such as food and financial assistance to underserved individuals and those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic in Harris County and the surrounding counties of Fort Bend, Montgomery, and Waller," said Ann Schorno, Executive Director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. "By working together and in partnership, we can make the greatest impact in our community."

The grant is intended to serve the most vulnerable populations to have access to food, emergency financial assistance for basic needs and housing, as well as services to prevent homelessness due to evictions and foreclosures. These populations include, but are not limited to, households that traditionally do not have access to public assistance, domestic violence survivors, and foster youth aging-out of foster care.

Those who need assistance are encouraged to call the 211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE, the community’s key 24/7 information source during times of disaster. Assistance through 211 can also be accessed through the following methods in the event of long wait times due to periods of heavy call volume:

  •   Visit to search resources online or chat online with a specialist;

  •   Email for assistance.



About the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP)

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international faith-based, non-profit organization serving families living in poverty in the greater Galveston-Houston area since 1871. We are a local network of 58 community-based chapters with over 1,800 Vincentian volunteers actively doing Home Visits to provide assistance. Our mission is to grow spiritually through person to person service to all in need in our community. Our actions promote the dignity of the person, alleviate suffering and distress, while addressing the conditions that cause them through systemic change. Next year, the Society will celebrate 150 years of service to the poor. For more information, please contact our Director of Development at

About United Way of Greater Houston For nearly 100 years, United Way of Greater Houston has brought together diverse partners and approaches to address the complex challenges holding people back. We are a driving force for good that connects our neighbors with opportunities to thrive. We help our neighbors achieve financial stability. We provide services that support the physical and behavioral health of families and youth along with educational services that expand their skills and horizons. We provide a safety net that catches the most vulnerable. We manage every donation with care to make the greatest impact across the four- county region of Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery and Waller counties. We connect neighbors with help 24/7 through our 211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE. For more information, please visit,

About Greater Houston Community Foundation Greater Houston Community Foundation, one of Houston’s largest grant makers and leaders in philanthropic impact, has served the greater Houston community for 25 years. The organization supports high profile community and donor initiatives with the most comprehensive philanthropic resources, expertise, and innovative platforms. Greater Houston Community Foundation is widely considered to be the go-to partner for high-profile philanthropic partnerships in the Greater Houston area, including major disaster relief initiatives, such as the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund as well as Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund. Greater Houston Community Foundation leads collaborations that support the wellbeing and vitality of Houston, including Understanding Houston, in partnership with Rice Kinder Institute. The Foundation provides individuals, families, corporations, foundations, and advisors with the ability to expand their philanthropic impact. For more information, please visit,



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