The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Exeter offers emergency food and financial assistance to low income residents of Exeter, Stratham, Newfields, Brentwood, Kensington, and East Kingston. For those who do not live in our service area, we are happy to direct you to your local food pantry or town welfare office for assistance.

The Community Assistance Center hosts staff from various local agencies five days a week. The programs they offer are available to residents of or outside our service area and each agency has their own guidelines to qualify for assistance. Please contact the agency directly for more information on their services and eligibility.

Food Pantry

SVdP Exeter offers emergency food to low income individuals and families who are residents of Exeter, Stratham, Newfields, Brentwood, Kensington, and East Kingston on a monthly basis. Clients are able to visit our Food Pantry and choose items from our shelves including milk, butter, eggs, produce, bread, meat, nonperishable foods, and personal hygiene items.

Please call (603) 772-9922 or visit the Center for more information about becoming a client.

Food Pantry Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Wednesday & Friday: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Seniors Food Pantry (Age 60+): The fourth Thursday of every month from 9:30 – 11:30 am

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Financial Assistance

Residents of Exeter, Stratham, Newfields, Brentwood, Kensington, and East Kingston can apply for possible emergency financial assistance once exhausting all other available resources and obtaining a ‘Letter or Decision’ from their town welfare administrator. Examples of financial emergencies include an eviction notice or utility shut off notice. Call the Center at (603) 772-9922 for more information about financial assistance.

Dental Services

Dental hygiene appointments are available through Families First each Thursday in the SVdP Exeter mobile dental van. Services are open to adults who are residents of New Hampshire and Maine by appointment only. Contact Families First at (603) 422-8208 to make an appointment.

Dental Hygiene Hours: Thursday by appointment

Urgent dental care through Families First is offered on a first come, first served basis in the dental van at SVdP Exeter. Dental services are available to low income adults of New Hampshire and Maine that include limited exams, x-rays, fillings, and extractions on a sliding scale fee. Contact Families First at (603) 422-8208 for more information.

Urgent Dental Care Hours: Friday beginning at 8:30 am

Healthcare and Medical Services

Medical services are offered in the onsite medical van through Families First for adults who are homeless, without stable housing, or low income. A doctor, nurse, and social worker are available to see patients with no appointment needed. A representative from Families First is also at SVdP to assist with Medicaid and health insurance enrollment.

Medical Van and Medicaid Assistance Hours: Wednesday 12:00 – 2:00 pm

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Housing and Homeless Assistance

For those who are homeless, SVdP can provide survival food, blankets, and clothing and put them in touch with homeless assistance agencies and shelters. If you are homeless, please call the Center for more information at (603) 772-9922.

For homeless assistance outside of normal business hours, please call 211 for assistance.

SVdP hosts a representative from Rockingham Community Action Program on Mondays to help anyone who is homeless or in an unstable living situation find shelter.

Rockingham CAP Homeless Representative Hours: Monday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Fuel Assistance

A representative from Rockingham Community Action Program is available at the Center on Thursdays to enroll low income residents of Rockingham County in the heating fuel and electric assistance program. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (603) 895-2303.

Rockingham CAP Fuel Assistance Representative Hours: Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Employment and Computer Skills

SVdP can help clients find employment through job listings and information on adult education and training classes. For those who would benefit from it, we can arrange for free one on one computer training.

SVdP hosts a representative from the NH Employment Security office twice a month to assist with filing for unemployment benefits, employment searches, and resume writing.

NH Employment Security Representative Hours: First and third Friday of the month 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

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Drug and Alcohol Counseling

SVdP Exeter hosts a Masters Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor on Mondays through a partnership with Catholic Charities NH. The collaboration brings better access to the Exeter area for individual and group therapy sessions for free or on a reduced price sliding scale.

Services include outpatient substance abuse counseling, referrals to residential or long-term care, support for those coming out of long-term treatment or intensive outpatient treatment, and relapse prevention group sessions. Please call Catholic Charities Substance Use Services at (603) 319-5003 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Masters Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor Hours: Monday by appointment

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Tax Preparation

During the tax season, SVdP hosts IRS certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers for free tax preparation and filing. Please visit NH Tax Help to make an appointment.

Volunteer Tax Assistance Hours: Tuesday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm during the tax season