Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Holy Name of Jesus School Says Thank You to SVdPLA

Entertaining Angels on Skid Row

By Hannah Petcovic

While I could fill this entire newsletter with insights gained in my short time in the job, my most impactful lesson is that the paths to homelessness are innumerable. In four months, I have listened to testimonies about prison, gangs, relocation from across the country and across the worlds, undiagnosed mental illness, job loss, loss of a family member, cocaine, alcohol, methamphetamine, child abuse, intellectual disabilities, and even one gentlemen who wanted to “try out the hobo thing.”

At the Cardinal Manning Center (CMC), you may be the first person to teach a client about saving money. You may be called to help as someone plonks out the first email they’ve ever written in their life. One client may need immigration-related legal services, and another, some time to play Ping-Pong. And sometimes, you may stop all of this and let God do the work.

I once met with a resident for months to work on housing applications. The final process was a random room number assignment. “Miss Hannah,” he told me, “I’ve been praying for a room on the top floor, facing the back.”  Today, he watches the sunrise from this precise location every morning!

A recent CMC graduate we helped into housing recently wrote this in a letter:

“As you know tomorrow is my last day at the Cardinal Manning Center…I am looking for words bigger than ‘thank you’ to say to you and the staff. Had I not been accepted to the Cardinal Manning Center there was a very good chance something very bad might have happened to me. Your job is way bigger than being professional. You’re in the business of saving lives. You’ve saved mine.”
In serving each person who finds his way here, I think of this verse from Hebrews 13:2: “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

October Menswear Contest

The October #stvinnythriftlover Menswear contest has begun! Here's how to enter: Go to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul thrift store, in L.A. Pick out an awesome menswear outfit with at least three items. Snap a photo at the platform (in the store). Post it to your Instagram or Facebook with the #stvinnythriftlover hashtag! The winner will receive $100 to #SVdPLA and $25 to #thriftlover. Winner chosen and announced Nov 1st.

Bargain Hunter: For creative costumes on the cheap, shop thrift stores

Over the weekend, my neighborhood thrift store was jam-packed with folks looking for steep savings on Halloween costumes.

A floor-length flower girl frock that I picked up for $8 inspired my daughter to create her own trick-or-treat look, when paired with a bunny mask and beaded shawl.
If you want to stand out, shopping secondhand stores for deals on costumes is the way to go.
Fortunately, Southern California has no shortage of these retailers, including St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store (210 N. Ave. 21, Los Angeles and 2750 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach) which inspired this item.
I’d love to hear what you’ve dug up at a thrift store near you.

Friday, October 2, 2015

SVdPLA Backpacks to Low-Income Students

St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles gave 44  school backpacks, with wheels and loaded with school supplies, to Catholic school children who demonstrated financial need and academic potential today. Bruce Willison, Dean Emeritus of the UCLA Anderson School of Management, spoke to the children on the importance of education, doing your best and getting along well with others.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

"How good it is to trust God! Turn to Him often, then,
as children look to their father and mother in their need."
- St. Louise de Marillac

“Qué bueno es el confiar en Dios!  Ve al Él a menudo, entonces,
como niños van a su padre y madre cuando les necesitan.”
-Santa Luisa de Marillac

Dear God, I believe In You and place all my confidence in You,
believing that my trust will never be confounded.

Dios mío, yo creo en Ti y pongo toda mi confianza en Ti,
creyendo que ésta nunca será defraudada.

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

Vincentian Layettes Distribution

Vincentians distributed baby layettes to newborn families in honor of Saint Vincent de Paul’s Feast Day, September 28, at Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center.

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