The Free Pharmacy at the St. Vincent DePaul Society of Cincinnati

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St Vincent de Paul
Image: svdpcincinnati.org

Becky Catino serves with the St. Vincent DePaul Society of Cincinnati, Ohio. Part of the larger, international St. Vincent DePaul Society, which serves the disadvantaged, the Cincinnati branch depends on the efforts of many people like Becky Catino who volunteer their time and talents.

The Cincinnati organization responds to the unique needs of the disadvantaged in the city by running a food pantry, holding special events, providing emergency assistance, giving away winter coats, and much more. In addition, the St. Vincent DePaul Society of Cincinnati runs a charitable pharmacy that provides free medication and pharmaceutical services to qualifying residents of four area counties. This is the only free pharmacy in the Cincinnati area. It fills both new and standing prescriptions.

To qualify for the free services of the pharmacy, individuals must meet a number of criteria. They must verify their income through pay stubs, tax returns, disability checks, and the like. If they have no income, they must provide a letter from a referring social service agency or a notarized letter from whoever is providing them their means of support. Individuals must also show their expenses through utility bills, loan statements, credit card statements, and other documentation.

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