Thursday, March 8, 2018

Rotary Club's LA5 Scholarship Application Review

Rotary Club's LA5 Scholarship Application Review hosted by Society of St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles with 17 LA5 Rotarians donating 3 hours (in the middle of the day) to review Los Angeles' best of the best High School Seniors. Attendance included Los Angeles District Attorney, Jackie Lacey, 6 PAST PRESIDENTS, the CURRENT PRESIDENT, and dedicated LA5ers!

Great turnout and involvement!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

KTLA Donates $5,000 to SVdPLA

A KTLA sales team, winner of a national competition for sales, donated their $5,000 bonus to St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles to serve  disadvantaged families. Thanks to sales team member and Vincentian Frances Murrietta for the generous gift from KTLA! It makes a difference.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Broken From Comfort

Comfort is the state of being free from pain and constraint.  As humans we desire comfort but sometimes in life we are faced with obstacles that challenge us beyond our comfort zone. For Demetrious Reid, 2016 Alumni of the CMC, his homeless journey lead him out of his comfort into the unknown.

In 2014 Demetrious lost his 9 to 5 job, and residency of 15 years which resulted in two years of homelessness. From afar, Demetrious observed the homeless living in the tents and streets. This made him realize how fortunate he was to be living in a car which gave him a sense of safety and comfort. During this period Demetrious rediscovered his passion for art, and started using his skills as an outlet to feel “normal.” That inspired him to document his experience using illustrations of homeless individuals, with a time stamp and no facial features that became a prayer card he would give them. In the words of Demetrious, “Homelessness can happen to anyone,” which empowered him to continue to move forward.
After living in his car for two months, Demetrious was forced out of his new state of comfort and resolved to take the next step by accepting shelter at the Salvation Army Shelter in Bell, CA. While still adjusting to his new environment Demetrious was denied an extension to continue his stay at the shelter.  This forced him to relocate to Skid Row. Faced with the many obstacles of finding the next place to sleep, Demetrious persevered and connected with Chrysalis employment agency in Skid Row. Through that agency,
he was successful in gaining employment. Not only was he an employee but also a client utilizing their homeless services. While trying to maintain employment, Demetrious transitioned from shelter to shelter in which led him to his second stay at the CMC.  He believes it was a greater purpose that he was led to CMC.  Specifically, Demetrious accomplished his goals and successfully move into permanent housing where he currently resides.

Despite the many obstacles Demetrious still encounters, he continues to be positive and encouraging to others facing homelessness. He leaves us with these words, “Any progress beyond one's initial start is another opportunity to hit the mark of the prize. That one thing, that desire, that inspiration that has since apprehended your focus. To be in pursuit of what is seen but yet to be materialized. Though trials will come and troubles may be swift, it is your endurance that shall bring this to an end. To see the fruition of your second chance now multiplied to be a blessing to so many lives. Oh how amazing is His Grace! (God’s)”

Monday, February 26, 2018

USC Friends and Neighbors Volunteer at SVdPLA

Thanks to USC Friends and Neighbors for serving at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store on their annual volunteer day! 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

New Society of St. Vincent de Paul Television Series Premieres March 4 on EWTN

Don’t miss your opportunity to catch EWTN’s “Our Faith in Action: Today’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul.”

A new 10-episode TV series featuring the good works of the Society will air every Sunday beginning March 4 at 3:30am & 1:30pm and every Saturday beginning March 10 at 3pm. SVdP Los Angeles will be in episodes 1 and 8. 

In this series, Vincentians volunteer across the country to bring effective, personalized help to those in poverty and share with you their stories of Christ’s love along the way.
Live your faith with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. 

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Circle V Ranch Camp Director Ray Lopez and USFS David Dahlberg Share Their Whittier Wildfire Rescue Experiences at Los Olivos Rotary Club Meeting

St. Vincent de Paul Circle V Ranch Camp Director Ray Lopez, Rotarian, with his special guest U.S. Forest Service Technician David Dahlberg, were featured speakers at the Los Olivos Rotary Club meeting on February 15, 2018. Lopez and Dahlberg shared their very personal experiences of the Whittier wildfire that burned through the Camp on July 8, 2017. Dahlberg’s U.S. Forest Service Patrol 37 vehicle was the first of the first responders to arrive at Camp to help coordinate the intense firefighting and safety efforts with other firefighters, staff, and volunteers. All 88 campers and 36 staff members in residence at the time were safely evacuated. Recently, Dahlberg was honored for his heroism at Circle V Ranch Camp during the 2018 State of the Union address in Washington, D.C.

During the Whittier wildfire, Circle V Ranch Camp’s Craft Lodge and Health Lodge burned to the ground, and the water treatment facility and pipes were seriously damaged requiring months of repairs. With no water, all remaining 2017 summer camp sessions were canceled for 1,000 campers and group retreat rentals were canceled until further notice. Circle V is in the process of rebuilding; donations are needed and welcomed at