Contact us for help

If you reside in Concord or Carlisle, have a need, or simply wish to speak with us, please leave a message on our Hotline at 978-369-7442, extension 229. Include:

  • Your name
  • Your telephone number
  • Best time for us to call you
  • General information about your immediate needs

You can also email us at We will get back to you, usually within 24 hours.

Release Form

Before we can talk, we ask our neighbors to agree to share with us relevant information regarding their expenses and circumstances. The neighbors are asked to sign a release form acknowledging their agreement.

We are ready to help

We are the Concord-Carlisle Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society – the international voluntary lay Catholic organization that was founded in 1833. Our core mission is to serve the emergency and short term needs of the disadvantaged and those struggling to make ends meet in our community right here in Concord and Carlisle.

For more than five decades, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Concord has provided confidential emergency financial assistance for essentials like rent, electric, heating, or phone utilities, car insurance or repair, medical/dental bills, and food to families in our town regardless of their faith, background, or personal circumstances. Such emergencies often are the result of a job loss (COVID-19 related or other), an unexpected accident or illness, divorce, or separation.

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We understand your needs

The need for this assistance is surprisingly great even in the affluent towns of Concord and Carlisle. There are people who cannot keep up with rising costs, have unexpected medical emergencies, or lack a safety net. Despite the good work that we do, there is much more to do.

We want to meet you

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul moves quickly to make decisions on the help we will provide. We are thoughtful and careful. We meet face-to-face with families in their homes (or via Zoom if necessary) to understand their circumstances and expenses to determine what is needed to keep the family going. All of our discussions and the names of the families we help are kept strictly confidential.

We can make a difference

We are one of the most valuable social service resources for families in Concord and Carlisle. As Bonny Wilbur – Community Services Coordinator for the Town of Concord – says

I cannot imagine what our town would be like without the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

We help between 50 and 75 families each year and in 2021 disbursed more than $50,000 in aid. In addition, we often coordinate with other agencies in town – Concord Community Services, Hugh Cargill Trust, Open Table, Council on Aging, etc. – to assure that the family can access the resources they need. For more information on Concord social services agencies, see the Concord Social Services Resource Guide.

We are an all-volunteer organization. Our administrative costs are minimal. Over 99% of donated funds go to help local Concord and Carlisle area families who are struggling through tough times in their lives.