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HUGE 'Beat the Economy' $ale at SVdP Thrift Store TODAY!

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This is the DAY!

Due to the economic downturn and the fact that more individuals are in need, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is holding another 'Beat the Economy' sale TODAY from 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. at its thrift store at 210 N. Avenue 21 in Los Angeles. All store merchandise will be discounted 50% throughout the day (some exclusions apply).

Imagine...needed household items 50% off ALL DAY at the store the Los Angeles Times calls the 'Granddaddy of the L.A. Thrift Store Scene.' Not only does this sale help YOU, the shopper, but store proceeds help improve the quality of life of children, women and men in the Society's various outreach programs. Directions to the Society's store, located just down the hill from Dodger Stadium, can be found on the right column of this blog.

Information: 323-224-6280 or 1-800-97-HELP-1.

50% off store sale to be held TOMORROW in Los Angeles!

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Did YOU miss the Society's huge thrift store $ALE last week in Los Angeles? Don't worry! With the bad economy and the success of last week's sale, the Society will host another bargain day on TOMORROW, April 30, as store merchandise will be discounted 50% ALL DAY (some exclusions apply).

Again...needed household items 50% off from 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Thursday at the store the Los Angeles Times calls the 'Granddaddy of the L.A. Thrift Store Scene.' Directions to the Society's store, which is located at 210 N. Avenue 21 and just down the hill from Dodger Stadium, can be found on the right column of this blog.

Information: 323-224-6280 or 1-800-97-HELP-1.

Council office remodeling taking form

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The Council's main office remodeling project is taking form as you can see in the these two photos. These two photos show continued work in Executive Director Jose Rossier's office (left) and the main lobby.

Summer Camp is around the corner; Local parishes help get the word out to families

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Who wants to go to St. Vincent de Paul's Circle V Ranch Camp this summer near beautiful Santa Barbara? Before you raise your hands, there is one catch. You have to be a child between the ages of 7-13.Sorry adults!

With the challenging economy and the fact that many more families can't afford summer vacation this year, local parishes have agreed to include camp information in their Sunday bulletins. For many children, attending summer camp will be their ONLY VACATION of 2009.

Camp will consist of eight one-week sessions in July and August, and include swimming, sports, crafts, hiking, music, drama, nature study, campfires, a beach trip and more fun.

Circle V Ranch thanks the following parishes for helping to get the word out about summer camp to many families: Holy Family, South Pasadena; Holy Family, Glendale; St. Dominic, Los Angeles; St. Bernard, Los Angeles; St. Ignatius of Loyola, Los Angeles; and Divine Saviour, Los Angeles.

If YOUR parish can help by including summer camp i…

Check out these major coupon $ale$

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Are you a resident of Ventura County or plan on visiting the area this weekend - more specifically Oxnard? Then check out these amazing deals at the Society's Oxnard Thrift Store at 1258 Saviers Road.

Feel free to print out this coupon and bring to the store. Directions to the Society's Oxnard thrift store can be found in the right column of this blog.

Information: 888-472-0942.

TODAY IS THE DAY FOR GIANT $AVING$ IN L.A.!!!

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TODAY is the THE DAY for GIANT $aving$ on everyday household items at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Thrift Store in Los Angeles (210 N. Avenue 21, 90031). Everything in the store (some exclusions do apply) will be 50% off!!! And during this difficult economy, what better time to increase the Society's everyday low savings up another notch!

That's all day TODAY - 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. - at the Society's thrift store, located just down the hill from Dodger Stadium off the 5 freeway. Directions to the store can be found in the right column of this blog.

Tomorrow is the BIG $ALE in Los Angeles!

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During these tough times, a buck saved is a buck earned!!!

And, TOMORROW, at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Thrift Store in Los Angeles, YOU can save alot of bucks, as store merchandise will be 50% off all day!!! (some exclusions apply).

Just think...needed household items 50% off from 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. for one day only....Thursday, April 23 at the Society's store at 210 N. Avenue 21, L.A., 90031. Directions to the store can be found on the right column of this blog.

Deals in Pennysaver for SVdP Oxnard Thrift Store

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Check out these amazing deals in the Pennysaver for the Society's Oxnard Thrift Store. Feel free to print this coupon out and bring to the store. Directions to the Society's Oxnard thrift store can be found in the right column of this blog.

Information: 888-472-0942.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul appears in "USA Today" Better Business Bureau "Wise Giving" National Charity List

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The Society of St. Vincent De Paul USA recently was listed in USA Today as one of the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving National Charities. To view the ad, please go to the BBB photo in the right column of this blog. For more information, please keep reading...

* Better Business Bureau report issued November 2008.
* Better Business Bureau report expires November 2010.


This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

The BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability were developed to assist donors in making sound giving decisions and to foster public confidence in charitable organizations. The standards seek to encourage fair and honest solicitation practices, to promote ethical conduct by charitable organizations and to advance support of philanthropy.

These standards replace the separate standards of the National Charities Information Bureau and the CBBBs' Foundation and its Philanthropic Ad…

HUGE $ALE ON APRIL 23!!!

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During these tough times, a buck saved is literally a buck earned. And, at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Thrift Store in Los Angeles, YOU can save alot of bucks on Thursday, April 23, as store merchandise will be 50% off all day!!! (some exclusions apply). Just think....needed store items 50% off from 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. for one day only....Thursday, April 23 at the Society's store at 210 N. Avenue 21, L.A., 90031. Directions to the store can be found on the right column of this blog.

Young Vincentian Work Retreat Coming Up!

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Dear Young Vincentians,

Just a reminder...

As many of you know, the Society's Annual Youth/Young Adult Work-Retreat is coming up on the weekend of April 24-26. As always, we are allocating five spots per youth, young adult, high school or university Conference. As extra spaces become available, I'll be sure to let you know so that you may bring additional members, if needed.

Feel free to let me know how many Vincentians we should expect from your Conference. You can contact me by calling 323-226-1757 or e-mailing sanman@svdpla.org if you have any questions.

Continued blessings for all you do.

Yours in St, Vincent de Paul,

Manuel A. Sánchez
Youth/Young Adult Conference Coord.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Council of Los Angeles

Radio Campaign Begins for Summer Camp Appeal; Please Help Today!

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Due to the difficult economy, and the fact that past camp donors are disappearing as a result, 710AM ESPN Radio this week has begun airing three different Council camp appeal ads to help bring in needed funds to help send disadvantaged children to summer camp.

Each ad (one :30 second and two :60 second spots) includes sound-bytes from children on what they love about the Council's Circle V Ranch and a short narrative from Camp Director Ray Lopez, which includes an appeal for $150 (tax-deductible) to help offset the $300 weekly camp fee per child. There are eight one-week sessions, and the Society hopes to host 1,200 children from throughout Southern California.

Won't you please help the Council send underserved children to camp this summer? Please earmark your check '2009 ESPN Camp Appeal' and send it to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of L.A., 210 N. Avenue 21, Los Angeles, CA 90031. Information: 1-800-97-HELP-1 or e-mail rlopez@svdpla.org.

Council Office Remodeling Continues...

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A Prayer for Monday

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Divine Spirit:

1. I pray for You to enlarge in me and allow me to understand how to approach You.
2. I pray I will have spiritual growth, healing and good.
3. I pray for You to enter my mind and being so that I do not fear anything anymore.
4. I pray and I give thanks to You for enabling me to have another day in this earth plane, to learn my lessons and to connect to my spirit.
5. I pray I make this day as good to me and to others as You are good to me.
6. I pray and I ask for Your Truth to fill my mind and all my being this and every day.
7. I pray I would like to be financially free having more than enough money and prosperity in this life.
8. I pray for You to lead and guide me to ultra success today.
9. I pray for You to help me to learn the lessons I came into this lifetime to learn.
10. I pray for You to help me with my goals for this year, this week and today.
11. I pray and I thank You for this work I do, the people and the methods with which I earn my living.
12. I pray I wil…

Have a Blessed Good Friday and a Happy Easter!

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Thank you Vincentians for ALL that you do to help improve the lives of disadvantaged, homeless and working-poor families in your local communities. Because of YOU and God's Grace, children, women and men are better off today!

A big thank you also goes to the Council's many donors who help with the Society's various outreach programs. Your assistance is greatly appreciated!

Have a Blessed Good Friday and a HAPPY EASTER!

Council records radio camp spot for sponsorships

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As numerous businesses lay off employees or close their doors, the Council's outreach continues to increase as local families and individuals seek assistance.

To help combat this challenge, the Council is trying to keep its name in front of the public's eyes to remind everyone that the Society is here to help improve the quality of life for the hurting, and that assistance is needed to help meet the needs.

One of the Council's current needs is for businesses, organizations and individuals to help sponsor children, ages 7-13, to summer camp, as some valuable sponsors are disappearing due to the economic downturn. This is a major concern for the Council's Camp Department and the children it serves.

To help offset this problem, yesterday three young campers and Ray Lopez, Circle V Ranch Camp Director, recorded a spot at 710AM ESPN Radio to encourage the public to help sponsor boys and girls to camp this year. The Council's goal is for the public to help offset the c…

Camp sponsorships take a big hit; new funding sources needed!

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The calendar may read Spring now, but Summer is right around the corner. And you know what that means....Summer Camp!

Due to the economic downturn, sponsors that used to help offset the costs of underserved children attending Circle V Ranch Camp won't be able to help the Council this year. This is a major blow to the camp program. However, members of the Society have faith that God will help in their efforts to find new funding sources.

At this time, the Council is seeking sponsors to help create a partnership between the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and local businesses, organizations, etc.

For many boys and girls, ages 7-13, attending Circle V Ranch will be THE ONLY vacation they'll experience in 2009! A typical week at camp includes lodging, three meals a day, swimming, arts & crafts, hiking, games, a field trip and more.

The cost to send one child to camp per week is $300, about half the cost of many other local camps, according to Council Camp Director Ray Lopez. …

'Lunch with a Legend' is a success!

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George Bodenheimer, president of ESPN and ABC sports, was the main speaker of 710 ESPN's 'Lunch with a Legend' series yesterday at Morton's the Steakhouse in downtown Los Angeles, a monthly event (through Fall) in which the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of L.A. is the title sponsor.

The event included a steak lunch, as 710 ESPN's Steve Mason and John Ireland hosted their radio show on-site with national ESPN host Colin Cowherd.

Many local business people and celebrities were in attendance, including Jeanie Buss, Executive Vice-President of Business Operations for the L.A. Lakers; Timothy Leiweke, President & CEO of AEG; Elgin Baylor, Hall of Fame Laker player; Mychal Thompson, former Laker and current team radio anaylist; Spero Dedes, Laker play-by-play announcer; and Fred Roggin, KNBC-TV 4 Sports Anchor.

Also in attendance were Neil Everett and Stan Verrett, the Los Angeles-based 'SportsCenter' anchors, who made their West Coast broadcast debut …

TODAY is the day! It's not too late to register!

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The Council is embarking on a new campaign with 710 AM ESPN Radio, as it will sponsor ESPN's monthly 'Lunch with a Legend' at Morton's Steakhouse. The first of seven such events, which will continue through Fall, will be held TODAY, April 6, at 11 a.m. at Morton's the Steakhouse at 735 S. Figueroa St., #207, Los Angeles, CA 90017.

Besides the many ads on the radio - plus an additional 350 free spots that were also thrown in at the end - we will have signage at each event, plus a table to distribute information about camp, the shelter, our general outreach, etc.

The special legend that will be at TODAY's event will be George Bodenheimer, President of ESPN and ABC Sports, as ESPN will open the new west coast Sports Center TV studio that day.

Special guests will include Neil Everett and Stan Verrett - the Los Angeles based SportsCenter anchors who will make their debut broadcast from LA LIVE tonight. In addition, 710 ESPN's Colin Cowherd, Steve Mason and John Ir…

$aving$ throughout the week at Council's Oxnard Thrift Store

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In this difficult economy everyone is trying to find a bargain on everyday items. And the Society feels your pain. That's why the Society's thrift store at 1258 Saviers Road in Oxnard has a week-long schedule of savings on items you need most.

Here is a list of savings that will bring a smile to your face...

Saturday:
* 50% off clothes (except purple tag items), shoes, and house ware & linen;
* 25% off televisions.

Sunday:
* All clothing just .99 cents each (except purple tag items);
* All stuffed toys only .99 cents each;
* 50% off on shoes, sunglasses, house ware & linen and electronics (computers, monitors, printers, radios, clocks, office equipment, speakers and telephones);
* 25% off televisions and VCRs.

Monday:
* 50% off houseware

Tuesday:
* 25% off all items for Senior Citizens, 55 and over

Wednesday:
* 25% off all items for Military families and individuals

Thursday:
* 25% off all items for Senior Citizens, 55 and over

Friday:
* 50% off bedding and linen

Directions to the Ox…

Make your Reservation Today!

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The Council is embarking on a new campaign with 710 AM ESPN Radio, as it will sponsor ESPN's monthly 'Lunch with a Legend' at Morton's Steakhouse. The first of seven such events, which will continue through Fall, will be held Monday, April 6 at 11 a.m. at Morton's in downtown L.A.

Besides the many ads on the radio - plus an additional 350 free spots that were also thrown in at the end - we will have signage at each event, plus a table to distribute information about camp, the shelter, our general outreach, etc. There also will be a raffle at each lunch, with the Society receiving all the proceeds.

The special legend that will be at Monday's event will be George Bodenheimer, President of ESPN and ABC Sports, as ESPN will open the new west coast Sports Center TV studio that day.

Special guests will include Neil Everett and Stan Verrett - the Los Angeles based SportsCenter anchors who will make their debut broadcast from LA LIVE that night. In addition, 710 ESPN…

New Ozanam Orientation DVD available for Vincentians

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Council Board member Ron Mulvihill recently developed a Society of St. Vincent de Paul 'Ozanam Orientation' video, with includes a special section about the Los Angeles Council's outreach. This DVD is available to all Vincentians for just $10 each. Proceeds will benefit the Council’s Conference Department and the outreach YOU provide for children, women and men in need.

Information: 323-224-6298 or Catalina Miller at cmiller@svdpla.org.