Thursday, February 11, 2010

Young people help paint L.A. shelter

Rain fell as young people gathered in preparation for their pilgrimage. By the time they reached their destination, the sun broke through clouds over the streets of downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row.

Forty-two young 'Vincentian' volunteers braved the early morning rain last Saturday to participate in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s 10th Annual Paint Project at the Society’s homeless shelter, St. Vincent’s Cardinal Manning Center. Among those who ventured downtown were members of Mary Immaculate Youth Conference in Pacoima, UCLA-Frassati Conference in Westwood, St. Bernard Youth Conference in Glassell Park and members of the Vincentian Service Corps.

The young volunteers – ranging in age from 15 to 35 years, not including chaperones – painted the main drop-in area of the Cardinal Manning Center.

“This has a huge impact on them,” said Javier Hinojosa, Mary Immaculate Parish youth minister and spiritual advisor to its youth Conference. “And they’ve been looking forward to it.”

Those interested in future Society youth and young adult projects – including starting a young Vincentian “Conference” (i.e. volunteer group) at their parish or school, may contact Manuel A. S├ínchez, youth/young adult Conference coordinator, at 323/226-1757, or via e-mail

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