Monday - Friday: 9:30am - 4pm
by appointment only
Sundays and Evenings by Request
St. William the Abbot Convent 2020 Jackson Avenue
Seaford, NY 11783
We see clients by appointments only, please contact us to schedule in advance
Do you know someone in need of assistance? Our Parish Social Ministry offers confidential support and advice regarding hardships experienced by adults and seniors who may be struggling with sensitive issues. We have access to relevant state, local, and charity-based programs that may help, and we offer other services such as client advocacy and regular use of our food pantry. Partnering with our St. Vincent de Paul conference, we help with budgeting, expense management, and building financial independence.
Contact us for more information.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry at SWA consists of approximately 40 volunteers that crochet and knit blankets, lap robes, shawls, hats, and gloves for those in need.
Interested in joining this worthwhile ministry? Come by the Abbey on the 1st or 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10am to 12pm. All levels of expertise are welcome!
Could you or someone you know benefit from bereavement counseling? If you have experienced the loss of a loved one and would be interested in attending a small group session for support, please contact our office.
Our seven-week program takes place on Wednesdays in the Fall and Spring. Registration is required.
Are you caring for a loved one and in need of support? This group provides an opportunity for sharing experiences, advice, and understanding with people going through similar challenges and circumstances.
If you are interested, please contact our office for more information.
Monetary donations can be made by check to "St. William the Abbot Social Ministry". These donations are used to help clients in need with unexpected expenses, bills, or necessities that the family is unable to afford. Requests for distributions may be approved after a careful analysis of the current situation. Distributions are done by payment to third-party or vendor only.
Gift card donations are accepted and distributed to clients. We suggest grocery stores (Stop & Shop, Lidl, ShopRite) or Target cards.
We accept unopened, unexpired food only. Fresh and frozen items are accepted! Check the weekly bulletin for our current pantry needs. Non-perishable food items can be left in the collection bin outside of the Social Ministry Office. Please do not leave food donations in the Church.
We do not take clothing, housewares, toys, books, or furniture... but we can refer to you worthy organizations in the area that accept these items.
Our parish is blessed to have its own St. Vincent de Paul conference. This conference works with the Social Ministry office to provide clothing and furniture vouchers to the families we serve. Donations of used clothing can be dropped off in the St. Vincent de Paul donation bins located in the St. William the Abbot School's front parking lot. For furniture donations, please call St. Vincent de Paul at 516-746-8250 to schedule a pickup at your home. By donating to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, you will be donating items that may be used by one of your local neighbors in need!
Catholic Charities Senior Services offers programs to help seniors continue living independently and safely at home while maintaining physical and emotional health. Their services include referrals to government agencies and community resources, as well as Meals on Wheels and Senior Community Service Centers.
For more information, call Senior Case Management at 516-771-3410.
Those in need of emergency housing can call the Department of Social Services at 516-227-8519. For after hours or weekend housing emergencies, call 516-573-8626. During the months of December through March, those in need can call Warmbed at 1-866-Warmbed (1-866-927-6233).
Inflation and rising food prices have put undue economic pressure upon many families. New York State has approved additional assistance through the Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund (PEAF) and is distributing funds through the SNAP (food stamp) program. These emergency allotments are approved and distributed on a month-by-month basis and will continue until the public health emergency is lifted in our nation. These funds may be withdrawn as cash from the SNAP program! Recent distributions included $140 per eligible child for diapers, and $730 per eligible adult in multi-generational households. If you or someone you know is considering applying for SNAP, now is the time to do so!
Island Harvest has a mobile food pantry called "Operation: HOPE" that is available for Long Island veterans and active military families in need of food assistance. The goal is to connect these families to veteran services and other social benefits that could help our service men and women. The food is delivered twice a week by a veteran who is sensitive to the needs of other veterans and their families. For more information, please contact Island Harvest Operation: HOPE at 631-873-4775 ext 221.
The Town of Hempstead and the Town of Oyster Bay will provide interest-free loans to make home improvements to qualified senior citizens and those that are physically challenged. Loans require repayment when the home is sold or the title transferred.
For more information please call:
TOH Department of Planning and Economic Development: 516-539-7100
TOB Department of Intergovernmental Affairs and Community Development: 516-624-6177
The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps low-income individuals and families pay for the cost of heating and cooling their homes.
For more information or to apply, visit https://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/ or call 1-800-342-3009.
HEAP Heating Assistance eligibility and benefits are based on multiple criteria such as income, household size and heating source. If you are eligible, you may receive one regular HEAP benefit per program year. You could also be eligible for emergency HEAP benefits if you are in danger of running out of fuel or having your utility service shut off.
HEAP Cooling Assistance allows individuals or families to apply for assistance in order to buy and install an air conditioner or fan for your home, max price $800 with installation. To be eligible you must have a documented medical condition that is aggravated by heat, and you must meet certain income guidelines.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps eligible low-income families and individuals purchase the food they need for good health. Eligibility factors include level of income, household size, age, current expenses and other factors.
For more information or to apply, visit www.mybenefits.ny.gov.
NY Project Hope is offering free, confidential, and anonymous counseling for those struggling with issues during COVID. They will assist with anything from economic hardships to behavioral health issues. Crisis counselors are available to provide self-help tips and a plan to assist individuals to become their own advocates. Many resources are available to help people bear the burden of the uncertainty and anxiety of these unusual times. For more information, call Project Hope at 855-818-HOPE (4673) or visit www.nhcc.us.
There are free support groups available for those impacted by Alzheimer’s. Sharing your experiences with others who understand can help everyone that participates. Topics covered include understanding Alzheimer’s, legal and financial planning, caregiver support, effective communication, and healthy living for both victims and caregivers. Consultations are available from the LI Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900.
If you are pregnant or a new parent and you need help, the Catholic Church is here for you, wherever you live in New York State.
Unplanned pregnancy and parenting a young child can be scary and overwhelming, but you are not alone.
Please visit https://www.nyscatholic.org/helpformoms/ for more information.
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