Thursday, April 28, 2016

RENEW Spring Clothing Drive and Beer Bazaar Highlights at Angel City Brewery

Highlights of a collaborative project between Angel City Brewery, Jennifer Barry Group, Raven Gypsies and St. Vincent de Paul to bring you Renew Spring Clothing Drive and Beer Bazaar at Angel City Brewery on Sunday, April 24, 2016. Four local fashion bloggers  curated fashion shows to showcase St. Vincent de Paul clothes and merchandise. 

Thanks to bloggers In Land Venice, Hats by Alberto, Tessa Neustadt, and Jxxsy.

Monday, April 25, 2016

LA County Department of Mental Health hosts faith-based Advocacy Council meeting

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On April 7, the L.A. County Department of Mental Health (DMH) hosted a meeting of the faith-based Advocacy Council as an opportunity for government representatives and religious leaders to discuss community needs and seek solutions regarding mental health issues, homelessness and substance abuse.

Robin Kay, acting director of the DMH, said her goal is to “move out from the brick-and-mortar image” of the institution to one that reaches the community with the help of the newly created faith-based council.

The department’s budget for 2016-2017 will be used for collaborative projects, including training of congregations, working on creative approaches to eliminate and reduce homelessness, improve foster children services and a reentry program for former prisoners, Kay said at the meeting.

The meeting also addressed the problem of language barriers in outreach efforts. In the area covering the San Gabriel Valley, first-generation Asians have difficulty in navigating the health system. The Hispanic community is facing the same problem in South Los Angeles.

Special mention was made of one collaborative effort to aid the homeless. Buddhists and Catholics have partnered to support homeless people on Skid Row, through the Society of St. Vincent De Paul and the Tzu Chi Foundation, a Buddhist nonprofit that offers affordable health services.

Friday, April 22, 2016

ARTS DISTRICT—Beer heaven Angel City Brewery is hosting an Earth Day fashion bash at its Public House (216 S Alameda Street) this Sunday from 12pm-12am with a lineup of bloggers and fashionistas including Natalie JoosTessa Neustadt, and Inland Venice's duo Kristin Fedyk and Alberto Hernandez. The event will partner with the St. Vincent de Paul Society to put on a fun fashion show while serving Angel City brews and benefiting the local community with reused, recycled, and reworked clothing. You'll also be able to rock out to music from GaeaSara Santilli, and Pretty Polly Band.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Calling ALL High School-aged Youth and Young Adults!

Join your peers for friendship, spirituality and service over three days in beautiful Santa Barbara.  Check the flyer for more details about this incredible retreat!

LA Weekly Praises Lincoln Heights Living

Monday, April 18, 2016

Pam Hudson Visits LA Council

National SVDP Director of Governance & Membership Services Pam Hudson recently joined our Los Angeles Council’s annual meeting and came by our administrative offices for a visit, posing for this photograph with our Vincentian Services coordinators and leadership. Thanks for your leadership and joining us Pam!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Daily Vincentian Inspiration

Speaking about a possible organization for the service of the poor:

"Our membership in such a union will bear silent and humble witness
to the faith that is in us - a faith that has always inspired its more devoted adherents
to work for the good of those the world despises and neglects."
- Bl. Frederic Ozanam

Hablando de una posible organización para el servicio de los pobres:

"Nuestra membrecía en tal unión llevará un humilde y silencioso testimonio
a la fe que vive en nosotros – una fe que siempre ha inspirado a sus más devotos adherentes
a trabajar por el bien de aquellos a quienes el mundo rechaza y abandona.”
- Beato Federico Ozanam

As I move through the day, Lord, never let the pressures of work excuse me from taking the time
to say those comforting or encouraging words that ease the pain of someone who is suffering.

Mientras paso por mi día, Señor, nunca permitas que las presiones del trabajo me excusen de tomar
el tiempo para dar una palabra de aliento o consuelo que aliviane el dolor de alguien que esté sufriendo.


Vincentian Services Department
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles

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