Friday, October 19, 2018

St. Francis Cheerleaders Donate Dresses

Girls from the St. Francis High School Cheer Team picked up gowns from our thrift store last Tuesday in hopes of providing an opportunity for young women in underserved communities to attend their prom or formal without the financial burden of buying a dress.

The girls come from Mayfield Senior, Immaculate Heart, Flintridge Sacred Heart, Alverno Heights Academy, Sacred Heart of Jesus, and Ramona Covenant. This is the first year they have spearheaded this dress drive, but they plan to make it a yearly activity.

Thank you St. Francis Cheer for your compassion and drive to help those in need!

If you would like to participate in this drive, please reach out to Bridgid Sloyan at

SVdPLA Retreat Last Weekend

SVdPLA Board President Ray Sweet served as retreat master for our annual Spiritual Retreat last weekend at St. John Fisher Catholic Church in Palos Verdes. 80 Vincentians attended the day of reflection on Jesus in the Eucharist.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

"The Advocates" Documentary Films at SVdPLA

Watch and be inspired by The Advocates, a documentary by Remi Kessler that explores LA's homelessness crisis and the individuals who work to fight it with pragmatic and long-lasting solutions. Part of this moving documentary was filmed here at SVdPLA, echoing our own call to help the poor and homeless.

The Advocates trailer. 
The film will now play in movie theaters at Laemmle Santa Monica starting October 19-25, as well as the following:

 October 19-25 at the Laemmle Santa Monica
Tuesday 10/23 at the Laemmle Playhouse Pasadena, screening event 7:20pm
- Wednesday 10/24 at the Laemmle NOHO 7 in North Hollywood, screening event 7:20pm
- Thursday 10/25 at the Laemmle Town Center in Encino, screening event 7:20pm
Each evening screening will be followed by a Q&A. 

For further details and to purchase advance tickets please visit:

Monday, October 15, 2018

SVdPLA’s Chris Sariego to Family Theater

SVdPLA’s PR & Marketing Director Chris Sariego spoke to monthly gathering Prayer and Pasta at Catholic production company Family Theater in Hollywood last week about his move from journalist and Emmy-winning PBS documentary writer-producer-director to a non-profit communications, PR and marketing practitioner, especially for St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles. 25 area Catholics were in attendance and a good time was had by all. Chris distributed coupons to SVdPLA thrift stores, annual reports, and invitations to next year’s Mardi Gras gala.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Friends of the Poor Walk- San Fernando Districts

St. Vincent de Paul's San Fernando Conferences of Charity laced up for their Friends of the Poor Walk that took place on Saturday, September 22, 2018. This event was not only fun for the whole family, but it was also a heartwarming and successful effort to raise funds for the poor and marginalized.

Thank you to all who supported!

Friday, September 28, 2018

2018 Backpacks Giveaway

St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles' Annual Backpacks Giveaway took place yesterday afternoon at our LA thrift store, filling our community center with proud parents, joyful educators, and, most importantly, the deserving children. Brand new backpacks filled with school supplies were given to these students from the LA community based on their academic merit and financial need.

Thank you to all who supported this event!

CBS2 News, St. Vincent de Paul of LA, and NASA JPL gathered to help.

NASA JPL volunteers inspiring the students through science.

Happy students, their new backpacks, and school supplies.