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Paint job completed on Council's new offices

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Two views of the completed paint job on the Council's new office area. Next major task is the wiring for the phone line and computer system.

San Manuel Casino fundraiser to benefit Layette Project

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The Council's Our Lady of the Angels District will hold a special fundraiser at San Manuel Casino in Highland on Friday, July 10 to benefit its Layette Project.

All participants need not worry about driving the crazy L.A. freeways, as everyone will enjoy the trip on a comfortable, air-conditioned bus. Each passenger also will be given $10 in cash at the casino.

There will be two boarding sites:

* St. Brigid Church, 5214 S. Western Ave., L.A., 90062 / 8 a.m. (departs at 8:30 a.m.)

* St. Vincent Church, 621 W. Adams, L.A., 90007 / 8:45 a.m. (departs at 9:15 a.m.) / NOTE: Entrance on Figueroa St., just north of the church

The bus will return at approximately 5:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. There is a $21 donation for this trip, which includes a tip for the bus driver.

If you are unable to attend this event but would still like to donate your tax-deductible gift to help this year's Layette Project, please make your check payable to OLA Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and send it to the attention …

Subscribe to Council's Twitter Site for Quick News

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Twittering is the latest, fastest way to communicate your news with others. The Council now has its own Twitter site, where late-breaking news can be send directly to YOU! However, you need to subscribe to receive the updates. This can easily be done by clicking on the Twitter logo on the right side of this blog.

So, sign up today and receive up-to-date news from the Council.

Summer Camp begins Sunday; Financial Aid Available

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Now that summer is here, the Council's Circle V Ranch Camp will soon be filled with the laughter of children, ages 7-13.

The first of eight summer camp sessions consisting of swimming, crafts, sports, hiking, music, drama, nature study, beach trips and more begins Sunday, June 28 near beautiful Santa Barbara. Financial aid is available.

The camp schedule is as follows:

* Week One: Sunday, June 28 - Friday, July 3
* Week Two: Monday, July 6 - Saturday, July 11
* Week Three: Saturday, July 11 - Thursday, July 16
* Week Four: Sunday, July 19 - Friday, July 24
* Week Five: Friday, July 24 - Wednesday, July 29 (Full)
* Week Six: Sunday, August 2 - Friday, August 7
* Week Seven: Friday, August 7 - Wednesday, August 12
* Week Eight: Wednesday, August 12 - Monday, August 17


There will be pick-up locations in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Fernando Valley, Oxnard and Santa Barbara.

Information: 323-224-6213 or circlev@svdpla.org.

Letter to Ron Mulvihill moves people to tears

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As reported recently on this blog, Ron Mulvihill, president of the Council's South San Fernando District, received the 'Hero Award' from Housing Works due to his outreach through the Society and collaboration he helped build between both non-profits in getting families off the streets and into affordable housing.

Prior to receiving his award, a letter was read that was sent to Ron from a family he helped. This letter moved the people in attendance, some to tears, including Ron, himself. We would now like to share that letter with you...

Dearest Ron,

We wish, for every person sitting in that room tonight seeing you receive an honor so richly deserved, that they might find one person in their lives that touches them as deeply as knowing you for the past five years has touched us.

You have shown two broken women such gentle compassion without ever judging our missteps. You've made such a real difference in our lives by trying to insure that, after two periods o…

Spanish Conference Coordinator position available

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The Council is seeking a Spanish Conference Coordinator to help oversee its parish- and community-based volunteer Spanish Conferences within the Los Angeles area.

These Conferences help improve the quality of life for children, women and men in their respective communities.

Among other tasks, the Spanish Coordinator would help with the following:

* Maintain and keep Conference database current;
* Accompany Conference development team to the Conferences;
* Help with the needs of the Conferences;
* Assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Conferences and assist in areas that need strengthning;
* Accompany District Presidents to Conference and District meetings.

All applicants need to be computer literate, have a high school diploma or greater, and be able to speak English and Spanish.

Please forward your resume to Jim Bibb in the human resource department via FAX at 323-225-4997 or e-mail at jamesbibb@svdpla.org. For more information, please call 323-226-1770.

Office construction continues

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With news that the Council staff should be in its new offices in a matter of weeks, some of the final touches are now being applied. The walls are receiving a fresh coat of paint (left), while exit signs are being installed. Have a good day everyone.

Volunteers needed for jail ministry

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Chaplain Gonzalo wants YOU!

Chaplain Gonzalo De Vivero, Catholic Chaplain for the L.A. Archdiocese Office of Restorative Justice, is seeking volunteers for the Archdiocese's jail ministry at Pitchess Detention Center in Saugus.

According to Chaplain Gonzalo, this ministry, which he has overseen for 14 years, touches approximately 300 men, mostly young adults, each week. These are men who ask for this program's assistance.

"This program allows us to meet the needs of the inmates in an orderly way," he said at the Council's recent General Meeting. "We need volunteers who can visit the jail with an open mind and allow (the inmates) to speak. This gives them the chance to express themselves and to look at themselves to see whether they want to change. From this, we can see how we may be able to help. Sometimes its a Bible, a rosary, a prayer."

Volunteers are needed Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays, weekly or semi-weekly.

For more information, please visit …

Council holds General Meeting

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The Council recently held its General Meeting at St. John Eudes Church in Chatsworth.

Most Reverend Gerald Wilkerson, D.D., V.G, Auxiliary Bishop of the San Fernando Region, attended and said a few words, while Monsignor Peter Nugent of St. John Eudes gave the meal blessing.

Among the highlights, Council President Jim Weiss spoke about the new Long Beach store and introduced David Fields as the Council's Deputy Executive Director, while Executive Director Jose Rossier gave his report on Camp, the Camper by Camper Gala, an update on the office construction and more.

Four new Conferences also were recognized. They included St. Finbar, Burbank; St. Sebastian, L.A.; St. Raphael, L.A.; and Mary Immaculate, Pacoima. The latter three Conferences are Spanish-speaking, which is greatly welcomed in a region as diverse as Southern California. As of today, the Council has 15 Spanish-speaking and two bilingual Conferences.

We thank and praise God for these new Conferences and the Vincentian volunt…

Ursula H. Hyman named to Council board

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The Council is proud to introduce Ursula H. Hyman to its board.

Ursula is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins and has practiced with the firm since 1983. She currently leads the firm’s Public and Tax-Exempt Financing practice group.

Ursula represents a variety of entities in their various roles in financing, including tax-exempt organizations, real estate developers, issuers, underwriters, banks, bond insurers and land owner associations. She also participates in governmental discussions on behalf of her clients and closely monitors local, state and federal legislative developments.

This Southern Californian is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of California, the L.A. County Bar Association, the National Association of Bond Lawyers and the California and L.A. Women’s Lawyers Association. She also is a founding member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Chapter 9 Reform.

Ursula was named in the 2004-2009 editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who i…

Construction phase heading down the stretch

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With the Council's office construction heading down the stretch, progress can be seen in the work being done on the new spacious boardroom (left) and a new store entrance. The office expansion is eliminating one store entrance, thus the reason for a new one (right).

New affordable clothing structure helps stretch your dollars

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Don't let the economic downturn get the best of you. Find rack after rack of various clothing items from .99 cents to $4.99 at the Society's thrift stores in Long Beach, Oxnard and Los Angeles. Just think...shirts, pants, dresses and more at LOW, LOW prices!

Your patronage not only helps YOU with needed clothing, but also helps support the Society's various outreach programs. Directions to each store can be found on the right side of this blog.

Information: 800-97-HELP-1.

Father Pedro celebrates 50 years as a priest

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CONGRATULATIONS to Father Pedro Villarroya, CM, the Society's Los Angeles Council and Western Region spiritual leader, on last Sunday's celebration of the 50th Anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. The Golden Jubilee Mass was held at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in L.A.

The Council also recognized Father Pedro on his milestone at its Annual Meeting in March. We thank God for allowing Father Pedro to be an integral part of the L.A. Council.

Photos (l-r): Father Pedro with Council President Jim Weiss; Father Pedro preaches during his 50th Anniversary Mass.

Council's Ron Mulvihill receives Housing Works' HERO AWARD

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Congratulations to the Council's Ron Mulvihill, president of the South San Fernando District, who recently received Housing Works' Hero Award.

Ron, who chairs the Council's Housing Committee, was honored due to his efforts in helping to get families off the streets and into affordable housing, which coincides with the mission of Housing Works, an organization that began in 2003 to help build healthy communities.

Thanks in large part to Ron's efforts, St. Vincent de Paul and Housing Works have established a cooperative effort in helping to improve the quality of life for families through housing.

Family and friends from St. Vincent de Paul were in attendance to support Ron when received the award at The Cathedral Center of St. Paul.

Photos (l-r): Ron proudly displays his award; A portion of Ron's support group with the honoree.

Longtime Council Vincentian named Deputy Executive Director

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The L.A. Council is happy to announce that David Fields, a longtime Vincentian, has been named its new Deputy Executive Director.

David, who has been a Vincentian for 15 years, has held several positions as a volunteer. These include: President of the St. Elizabeth Conference in Altadena, San Gabriel District President, Chairperson of the Conference Concerns Committee, and member of both the L.A. Council Board and Executive Committees.

David’s most recent professional position was as an Operations Manager with Bovis Lend Lease, a construction management company. Prior to working for Bovis Lend Lease, David worked at Xerox Corporation for 25 years. He held various management positions in Supply Chain Management, Distribution and Logistics. Prior to working with Xerox, he had careers in teaching and the retail grocery industry.

David is a graduate of UCLA and has a teaching credential from California State University Los Angeles. He is married with two adult sons, and enjoys gardening, j…

Plan now: Layette Project Fundraiser at San Manuel Casino on July 10

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The Council's Our Lady of the Angels District will hold a special fundraiser at San Manuel Casino in Highland on Friday, July 10 to benefit its Layette Project.

All participants need not worry about driving the crazy L.A. freeways, as everyone will enjoy the tip on a comfortable, air-conditioned bus. Each passenger also will be given $10 in cash at the casino.

There will be two boarding sites:

* St. Brigid Church, 5214 S. Western Ave., L.A., 90062 / 8 a.m. (departs at 8:30 a.m.)
* St. Vincent Church, 621 W. Adams, L.A., 90007 / 8:45 a.m. (departs at 9:15 a.m.) / NOTE: Entrance on Figueroa St., just north of the church

The bus will return at approximately 5:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. There is a $21 donation for this trip, which includes a tip for the bus driver.

If you are unable to attend this event but would still like to donate your tax-deductible gift to help this year's Layette Project, please make your check payable to OLA Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and send it to the attention o…

FREE Community Open House & BBQ at Circle V Ranch Camp TOMORROW, Saturday, June 6

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Are you interested in sending your child to camp this summer? Or, maybe your organization is seeking a local retreat center? In either case, the public is encouraged to attend a free Community Open House TOMORROW, Saturday, June 6 at Circle V Ranch Camp, Hwy. 154, Santa Barbara.

This event, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will include tours of the camp, craft-making, hiking, an outdoor liturgy at 11 a.m., and a free barbeque lunch from 12-2 p.m.

Brochures and camp registration & financial assistance forms will be available.

Lunch registrations need to be made by e-mailing circlev@svdpla.org.

For more information, please St. Vincent de Paul at 805-688-5252 or 323-224-6213. Directions to the camp can be found on the right side of this blog.

Oxnard Thrift Store to hold HUGE Parking Lot $ale on June 6 and 7

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In an effort to further reach out to the local region during these difficult times, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Oxnard will host a special parking lot sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 6 and 7 at the store's location at 1258 Saviers Road.

Residents seeking bargains on everyday items will find incredible savings!!! Clothing will be available from .99 cents to $9.99. House ware will be marked down 50%, while furniture, televisions and electronics will be discounted 10% while supplies last.

Directions to the store can be found in the right hand column of this blog.

Information: 805-487-1500.

Donations to Council suffer due to the lack of truck drivers

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Usable donations tagged for the Society are not reaching their destination due to the lack of qualified truck drivers. And, considering the difficult economy, this situation doesn't bode well for this volunteer-based charity which has seen an increase in requests for assistance.

The Society's L.A. Council, which helps improve the lives of children and families through various outreach programs, depends on usable donations of clothing, furniture, appliances, electronics, vehicles and more to stock its three thrift stores, including its main store at 210 N. Avenue 21 in L.A.

Not only does the Society's thrift store enable customers to find needed everyday items at low prices, but store revenue helps support its skid row shelter, a camp for disadvantaged children and everyday assistance provided by more than 2,000 volunteers.

In an economy where employment is hard to find, officials at St. Vincent de Paul find it hard to believe that there aren't any qualified truck driver…

Join L.A. Council's Twitter Hotline Today

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Are you in a hurry, but still want to check out the Council's latest meetings, events and more? Then join our new Twitter social network line, where you'll receive quick, frequent news items sent right to your e-mail address.

To become a free member, simply click on the Twitter logo on the right side of this blog, and then click again on the join button. You soon will be receiving brief, but important, updates from the Society.

Information: 323-224-6273.

FREE Community Open House & BBQ at Circle V Ranch Camp on Saturday, June 6

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Are you interested in sending your child to camp this summer? Or, maybe your organization is seeking a local retreat center? In either case, the public is encouraged to attend a free Community Open House on Saturday, June 6at Circle V Ranch Camp, Hwy. 154, Santa Barbara.

This event, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will include tours of the camp, craft-making, hiking, an outdoor liturgy at 11 a.m., and a free barbeque lunch from 12-2 p.m.

Brochures and camp registration & financial assistance forms will be available.

Lunch registrations need to be made by e-mailing circlev@svdpla.org.

For more information, please St. Vincent de Paul at 805-688-5252 or 323-224-6213. Directions to the camp can be found on the right side of this blog.

Council's Long Beach Thrift Store Open for Business

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The Council's long-awaited opening of its Long Beach Thrift Store is now history!

The store opened this morning to the delight of local shoppers trying to find good deals on everyday items during this economic downturn.

The store, which is located at 2750 Pacific Coast Highway, will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Information: 800-97-HELP-1.

Photos clockwise from top left: a shopper takes advantage of the many bargains; interior store scene; a couple check out the clothing section; the store's first customer is interviewed by KABC TV News.