Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Young Korean Americans volunteer at LA thrift store to help the poor

Korean Catholic young adults from Fortes in Fide volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in downtown L.A. on Saturday morning. The sales from SVdP’s two area thrift stores pay for programs that help homeless and low-income people. 

In a sign that the Korean immigrant community is becoming more involved with the wider community, a Korean American young professionals group volunteered at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store Saturday.
Profits from the downtown Los Angeles thrift store are used to benefit those in poverty.
Korean young-adult groups at several Southern California Catholic churches founded Fortes Fide in 2012 to organize spiritual retreats for Korean American Catholics aged 21 to 45. Fortes in Fide means “Strong in Faith” in Latin.
Fortes volunteer co-coordinator David W. Kim, 36, said that he understands that immigrants have had to take care of themselves, and thus tend to focus on themselves.
“But when a person looks inward, life tends to be a very lonely place,” Kim said. “It’s a big mental shift to get people to look out for one another.”
On this Saturday, 11 professionals and graduate students demonstrated their concern for their fellow human beings. The young men and women—aged 21 to 30–carried heavy boxes full of merchandise, arranged clothing displays, and conducted onsite customer surveys.
Volunteers came from St. Basil Catholic Church and St. Gregory Nazianzen Korean Church in Koreatown, St. Raphael Catholic Church in Norwalk, and St. Thomas Korean Catholic Center in Anaheim. Fortes in Fide also includes Sung Sam Korean Catholic Center in Glassell Park, St. Joseph Korean Catholic Center in Canoga Park, Catholic Bible Life Movement in Buena Park and Korean Martyrs Catholic Center in Garden Grove.
“The sense of community is nourishing us in ways that we didn’t expect,” Fortes volunteer co-coordinator Veronica Kim, 25, said.
Heejin Park, 25, noted that St. Vincent’s is a huge thrift store and that it takes a lot of work to run it.
“Even though what we’re doing is small, it helps them in some way, and that makes me feel good,” said Park, a biochemistry graduate student from Garden Grove.
She spent the morning selecting clothes for, and dressing, manikins in the women’s clothing section.
Volunteers Albert Lee, left, and Eugene Moon, right, of Fortes in Fide unload and shelve used VHS and DVD movies at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in downtown L.A.  

Fortes is unique in that it involves many churches, and has recruited young Korean American adults to do volunteer work. Community service isn’t yet popular among young Korean adults, organizers say.
But Albert Lee, 23, a U.S. Army officer, and Eugene Moon, 25, a library assistant, said that they got a lot out of their volunteer experience on Saturday. They carried heavy boxes full of VHS’s and DVD’s from St. Vincent’s warehouse area to the store section. There, they shelved the movies. Lee was surprised that people still watch VHS.
“Some people aren’t able to afford DVD players,” he reflected. “Doing this reminds me that there are people who are not as fortunate as me.”
St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles runs numerous programs for low-income individuals — including a Skid Row transitional housing facility, a summer camp for underprivileged children and holiday food giveaways. The sales from the L.A. store and another thrift store in Long Beach fund these programs.
“We’re excited to have the volunteers helping us,” said stores director Alfred Rodriguez. “Every item that they put on the sales floor helps our community.”
Later, sometime this winter, members will volunteer at the farm of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, harvesting fruits and vegetables to feed the hungry. The food bank was founded by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Orange County.

Volunteer Heejin Park, from a Korean Catholic young adults group, dresses a manikin at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in downtown L.A. 
This story and the photographs were provided by Kay Hwangbo, a public relations specialist to Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Los Angeles Council. 
For more information about St. Vincent de Paul’s volunteering opportunities and social service programs, or to make a donation, please call Gina Doyle at (323) 226-9643. More information can also be found on St. Vincent’s website, www.svdpla.org.

Monday, November 9, 2015

"As only a great necessity would make us decide to give remedies to a sick person
in a violent attack of fever, so we should not generally reprove anyone
at the very time they commit a fault."
- St. Vincent de Paul

“Al igual que solo una gran necesidad nos haría darle algún remedio
a una persona enferma en un ataque violento de fiebre,
de la misma manera no debemos generalmente reprochar a nadie
en el preciso momento en el que cometen algún error.

-San Vicente de Paul

Father, when I have been hurt, my first reaction is to retaliate.
Teach me to forgive, even as you have forgiven me.

Padre, cuando he sido lastimado, mi primer reacción es contraatacar.
Enséñame a perdonar, aun como tú me has perdonado a mí.
Vincentian Services Department
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

October Menswear Challenge Winner!

Congratulations Catherine Jagos, Winner of SVDPLA Thrift Store Style & Win Contest!

Fiancé and inspiration of the winning style, Nick Lamoreaux, came to pick up her $125 gift certificates! 

Stay tuned for your next chance to enter the Style & Win contest, brought to you by your very own SVDPLA Thrift Store &@thriftlover ! 

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

"When the Spirit of God dwells in souls,
He delivers them from that weakness which makes them ask, 'What will people say?'"
- St. Louise de Marillac

“Cuando el Espíritu de Dios habita en las almas,
El las libra de esa debilidad que les hace preguntar, ‘Que dirá la gente?’”
-Santa Luisa de Marillac

Deliver me, Lord, from being overly concerned about the opinions of others
when the only important thing is to do what is right in your eyes.

Líbrame, Señor, de estar demasiado preocupada/o acerca de las opiniones de otros
Cuando lo más importante que nos debe concernir es el estar bien ante tus ojos.


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

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Shop St. Vinney's for Halloween

Find a huge selection of workable Halloween costume pieces at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store! 

Shop at SVdP of Los Angeles and not only will you rock your Halloween costume, preserve the environment and save money, but every dollar you spend at SVdPLA goes directly to someone in need. Every vintage dress and zombie costume you purchase will provide shelter, food or clothing for men, women and children throughout Los Angeles. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

"Even though you are unaware of it, Our Lord will not fail to sanctify you
if you remain faithful to him."
– St. Vincent de Paul

“Aunque estés desapercibido de ello, Nuestro Señor no dejará de santificarte
si te mantienes fiel a él.”

- St. Vincent de Paul

Keep me faithful to you today, Lord,
in everything I do, think, or say.

Mantenme fiel a ti hoy, Señor,
en todo lo que hago, pienso, y digo.

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

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