Wednesday, March 31, 2010

'NCIS' actress Pauley Perrette to be honored at 3rd Annual Camper by Camper Gala


Actress Pauley Perrette, whose character Abby on NCIS is enjoyed by TV viewers around the world, will receive the Society's Community Advocate's Award at St. Vincent de Paul's 3rd Annual Camper by Camper Gala on May 1st in Beverly Hills.

Perrette will be honored for her work with children and the homeless. Proceeds from the Gala will help send disadvantaged boys and girls to the Society's Circle V Ranch Camp near beautiful Santa Barbara this summer.

Below, please view a March 22nd article from http://popwatch.ew.com
regarding Miss. Perrette's popularity:

Pauley Perrette as appealing as Tom Hanks and Morgan Freeman? Kinda awesome.

by Mandi Bierly

Marketing Evaluations, Inc., The Q Scores Company, has just released its January/February 2010 Performer Q study, which asked a representative sample of 1,800 children, teens, and adults to rate the familiarity and appeal of personalities.

The surprising results: Perennial favorite Tom Hanks’ Q Score is now tied with Morgan Freeman’s and NCIS‘ Pauley Perrette’s — which means even though Perrette is roughly half as well-known as Hanks and Freeman, those who are familiar with her adore her. She’s the only female in the Top 10 (posted below).

Performer / Familiarity % / Q Score

1) Tom Hanks / 88 / 50
2) Morgan Freeman / 82 / 50
3) Pauley Perrette / 42 / 50
4) Robin Williams / 84 / 48
5) Clint Eastwood / 85 / 46
6) Mike Rowe / 57 / 45
7) Will Smith / 90 / 44
8) Johnny Depp / 91 / 43
9) Bill Cosby / 91 / 43
10) Harrison Ford / 83 / 43

It makes sense to me. If you know Perrette, you’re a fan of NCIS and probably only associate her with that show — so what’s not to like? Her Abby is a smart, funny, loyal, goth forensic specialist on TV’s top drama (which has way more character development than anyone who’s never seen the show would expect).


You still have time to participate in this year's Camper by Camper Gala. For sponsorship, advertising and ticket opportunities, please visit our web at www.svdpla.org or call 323-276-6083.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

$ales at SVdP's Long Beach Store


WOW! Check out this week's sales at the Society's store in Long Beach!

Today - Women's short sleeve shirts (50% off)
Wed - Men's t-shirts (50% off)
Thur - Children's clothing ($0.99)
Fri - Good Friday (store closed)
Sat - Women's pants (50% off)
Sun - Happy Easter (store closed)


The Society's Long Beach store is located at 2750 Pacific Coast Hwy, 90804. For more information, call 562-494-9955.

Good Friday Schedule for SVdP Stores


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's stores in Long Beach and Oxnard will be closed on April 2 in observance of Good Friday, while its Los Angeles store will only be open from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Information: 800-97-HELP-1.

Monday, March 29, 2010

SVdPLA & Congresswoman Diane Watson partner for Job Fair



The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles on Saturday participated the Working into Recovery Job Fair, hosted by Congresswoman Diane E. Watson and the Los Angeles Urban League, at the Crenshaw Plaza in L.A.

In addition to trying to fill some employment vacancies, the Society's booth created greater awareness about St. Vincent de Paul's local programs and outreach.

We met some wonderful individuals during the day. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth.

Here are the various positions that the Society is looking to fill at this time:

* 2 truck drivers
* 2 truck driver helpers
* Cashier at L.A. store
* Cashier at Long Beach store
* Director of Finance

For additional information, please call Jim Bibb at 323-226-1770. Resumes can also be e-mailed to him at jamesbibb@svdpla.org or faxed to 323-225-4997.

Photos (top to bottom):The Society's Jim Bibb talks to Congresswoman Diane E. Watson at Saturday's 'Working into Recovery' Job Fair; Individuals stop by the Society's booth at the job fair.

Friday, March 26, 2010

SVdP to be at 'Working into Recovery' Job Fair on Saturday


It's no secret that we are living in some very tough times....economically.

It's for this reason that the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles will be participating in Saturday's Working into Recovery Job Fair, hosted by Congresswoman Diane E. Watson and the Los Angeles Urban League.

This FREE event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 W. MLK Blvd., L.A., 90008.

You're invited to attend this job fair if you need assistance upgrading your resume or locating a new job, as various companies will be on hand.

For more information, or to RSVP, please call 323-965-1422.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

HUGE $AVINGS TODAY in Los Angeles!!!


HUGE discounts can be found from 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. TODAY on a variety of everyday items at the Society's thrift store in Los Angeles at 210 N. Avenue 21, 90031 (just down the hill from Dodger Stadium).

Items include:

* Clothing - 5 pieces of clothing with pink tags are just $3.00;
* Women's Shoes - 50% off;
* Couches - 50% off;
* Desks - 50% off;
* End Tables - 25% off.

Don't miss this great opportunity! Not only will YOU $AVE BIG, but you're support also will benefit local disadvantaged and homeless children, women and men through the Society's outreach programs.

Information: 323-224-6280.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Congress brings many visitors to Council's booth


A BIG thank you to everyone who visited the Society's booth during the recent Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in Anaheim.

We appreciate your interest in our programs and how YOU can help the Society reach out even more to disadvantaged and homeless children, women and men.

For additional information, please call the following individuals:

* Volunteerism - Catalina Miller @ 323-224-6298
* Shelter Programs - Joan Sotiros @ 213-229-9966
* Summer Camp - Ray Lopez @ 323-224-6213


Photo: Catalina Miller (center) talks to a couple at Congress.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

BIG weekend for young people on the horizon


Dear Young Vincentians & Friends,

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul 7th Annual Sock Drive is scheduled for the weekend of April 17-18. This event allows you, your parish and/or school community and fellow parishioners and/or students the opportunity to reach out to our homeless brothers and sisters in this small, but significant, way.

The weekend of April 17-18 is only a suggestion; please feel free to choose an alternative weekend if that better suits you and the needs of your parish/school.

If you have any questions, need additional assistance, need a flier, etc., do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail sanman@svdpla.org or by calling 323-226-1757.

Thanks again for all you do for our neighbors in need.

Yours in St. Vincent and Blessed Frédéric,

Manuel A. Sánchez

Youth/Young Adult Conference Coordinator
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Council of Los Angeles

Monday, March 22, 2010

SVdP founder Blessed Frederic Ozanam's quote explains Vincentian's mission


Throughout the year, more than 2,000 'Vincentian' volunteers from the Society's Council of Los Angeles exhibit their Christian love by helping others in need. This group includes professionals, retirees and students who choose to serve God by making a difference for children, women and men in the counties of L.A., Ventura and San Barbara.

With so much going on in today's world, why choose this mission? Perhaps St. Vincent de Paul's founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, said it best with this simple quote:

"Christianity is not about ideas but about deeds inspired by love."

Thank you to the Council's Vincentians for your continued and tireless efforts in improving the quality of life for many of our brothers and sisters in need.

For more information on how to become a Vincentian for the Society's Council of L.A., please call 323-224-6298.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Visit the Society's booth this weekend at the L.A. Religious Education Congress


The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress is being held this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Avenue, Anaheim (across the street from Disneyland).

Make time to visit the Exhibit Hall, where the Society' Los Angeles Council will be located in booth #583. There, you'll learn about the Council's various outreach programs, including Circle V Ranch and how your child can attend camp this summer.

The weekend will include great workshops, amazing concerts, inspiring art & multicultural exhibits.

Hope to see you in Anaheim today, Saturday or Sunday!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Our Lady of the Angels District Fundraiser: April 17 in San Diego


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Our Lady of the Angels District will hold a fundraiser on April 17 to Harrah's Casino in San Diego.

A special bus will board at 8 a.m. at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church (2060 N. Vermont Ave., L.A.) and return at 6:30 p.m. the same day.

The cost is just $21 per person. However, a donation from your winnings that day also will be greatly appreciated!

Proceeds will help send 'Vincentian' volunteers to an upcoming workshop to help enhance their outreach to local children, women and men in need.

If you can't attend, but would like to make a financial donation, please earmark your check 'Harrah's Casino fundraiser' and send it to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 2045 De Mille Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027.

Information: 323-482-4191.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A Letter from the Society's National President


Dear Vincentians:

The concept of family has special significance for our Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

The beautiful fact that as members of God's family we are all brothers and sisters in Christ clearly defines our relationship to those we serve. It also unites all Vincentians in a familial vocation of loving service to the less fortunate of His children.

We have the special privilege of being in solidarity with Vincentians in 142 countries. Together we bring to life Blessed Frederic Ozanam's magnificent vision of a network of charity embracing the world.

Just as human hopes, dreams and values know no geographical boundaries; neither do the needs of the poor. Whether it be Argentina or Australia...India or Italy...Mexico or Myanmar...Singapore or Spain...Uganda or Ukraine, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is there to help.

As you read this letter, Vincentians in Haiti are aiding those affected by the earthquake which devastated one of the poorest countries on earth. Our assistance will continue until the work is finished. Yet long before the need is over another disaster no doubt will occur somewhere and you can be sure our Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be there. However, our ability to respond requires an equitable sharing of resources by the Society from those countries which have the financial capability to do so.

The tragedy in Haiti is just the latest example of the need to adequately support our Society's Council General International in Paris which faces a severe financial crisis caused by a persistent shortage of funding. Continuing deficits are a consequence of that situation and must be addressed if our Society is to sustain its essential global efforts.

A core group of 64 Vincentians, all volunteers, from around the world directs our global network of charity. They are supported by the CGI staff of only 10 employees who work with the core group to administer and coordinate our Society's worldwide activities. No money from donations intended to help the poor is used by the CGI to pay for administrative costs.

Given the difficulty of raising funds to cover these costs, it was determined that the only viable sources of support are the affluent national councils. The 16 wealthiest countries where our Society operates contribute 97% of the total income for the CGI in the form of annual solidarity dues.

The National Council of the United States, with 42% of our Society's cash income, currently contributes only 7% of the solidarity dues. That equates to .00046 of our cash income, the lowest percentage by far of the 16 countries.

I strongly believe that we have the obligation to support our Society on a fair-share basis. It is simply the right thing to do. Accordingly, I am asking our councils and conferences to increase their support. The ultimate reason for such support is to serve the poorest of the poor in places we cannot be and doing work we cannot do ourselves.

The Great Seal of the United States contains the familiar phrase E Pluribus Unum - Out of Many, One. Those Latin words have special meaning for our Society as well, particularly at this challenging time: From the labors and contributions of Vincentians throughout the world emerges a unified commitment to serving those in need.

America is the most giving nation on earth and our Society of St. Vincent de Paul bears grateful witness to its generosity. We have been presented with a perfect opportunity to use our resources to help preserve Frederic's legacy of love to which all Vincentians are the heirs. Our solidarity with the poor and with each other is the essence of our Society. Supporting one another is an integral part of the beautiful mission we share.

We are greatly privileged by the grace of God to personify and perpetuate the noble network Frederic envisioned. The many locations worldwide where Vincentians alleviate the suffering of the poor are among the special places where those who seek assistance and those who offer it meet on the common ground of God's love. That is exactly where Vincentians are meant to be, exactly where our founder dreamed they would be.

We are truly blessed to be members of one family, across the country and around the world, living Frederic's vision.

Yours in St. Vincent and Blessed Frédéric,

Joseph Flannigan

President
National Council of the United States

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Council's Annual Meeting provides lasting memories



With 350 'Vincentian' volunteers in attendance, the Council's Annual Meeting was recently held on a bright sunny Sunday at the Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. Some of the highlights...

* Top Hat Award: Gilberto Luna, president of the Society's Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Conference, receives the Council's highest award for his outstanding work in the community;
* Medallion Awards: Presented to one individual in each of the Council's seven districts for their tremendous contributions over the past year. They include: William Fosselman, John Shore, Rosemary Guzman, Sal Aguayo, Susan Megliola, Grace McNeary and Celestine Ebegbulem;
* Special Commissioning: Cardinal Roger M. Mahony commissions more than 20 spiritual advisors;
* New leadership: President Jim Weiss introduces David Fields as the Council's new Executive Director;
* Thank You: Executive Director David Fields presents a special award to President Weiss, whose term as president comes to an end later this year.

Thank you to everyone who attended, and THANK YOU to our more than 2,000 'Vincentian' volunteers for their tireless efforts to help those in need throughout the year!!!

Photos (top to bottom): 'Vincentian' volunteer Gilberto Luna receives Top Hat Award from Council's Executive Director David Fields, Vice President Claire Padama and President Jim Weiss (from left); Cardinal Roger Mahony commissions spiritual advisors; President Jim Weiss (left) holds special award given him from Executive Director David Fields.

Monday, March 15, 2010

50% OFF $ALE TODAY ONLY!


GIANT 50% OFF $ALE TODAY AT ST. VINCENT DE PAUL'S STORE IN LONG BEACH!

Storewide savings on clothing, shoes & more (some exclusions apply).

This spectacular sale will conclude at 6:30 p.m. tonight!

The Society's Long Beach store is located at 2750 Pacific Coast Hwy., 90804. Info: 562-494-9955. Directions can be found in the right column of this blog.

Friday, March 12, 2010

L.A. Council's homeless shelter seen on national news



Hi everyone:

Students from Loyola High School in Los Angeles were featured nationally on Thursday's NBC Nightly News, assisting those in need around town. Part of the segment shows students lending a hand at the Society's Cardinal Manning Center (homeless shelter) in Skid Row. Click the arrow above to view the attached news piece.

Remember...Spring forward before going to bed on Saturday night. It's daylight savings.

Have a terrific weekend!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Words from Saint Vincent de Paul


The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it.

~ A Year with the Saints (1891) by Anonymous.

You will find out that Charity is a heavy burden to carry, heavier than the kettle of soup and the full basket. But you will keep your gentleness and your smile. It is not enough to give soup and bread. This the rich can do. You are the servant of the poor, always smiling and good-humored. They are your masters, terribly sensitive and exacting master you will see. and the uglier and the dirtier they will be, the more unjust and insulting, the more love you must give them. It is only for your love alone that the poor will forgive you the bread you give to them.

~ Homelessness in America: A Forced March to Nowhere (1982)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Another week of great deals at Society's Long Beach store


It's another week of tremendous savings at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's store in Long Beach! Besides the daily LOW prices you'll find, check out these deals!

TODAY: Men's T-Shirts (50% off)
THURS: Women's Pants (50% off)
FRI: All Coats (25% off)
SAT: Women's Blazers (25% off)
SUN: Children’s Clothing ($0.99 only)

Not only do YOU $ave big with these bargains, but your support also benefits the St Vincent de Paul's local charitable services to help improve the local economy!

The Society's Long Beach store is located at 2750 Pacific Coast Hwy., 90804. Info: 562-494-9955. Directions can be found in the right column of this blog.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

David Fields named Council's new Executive Director


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles is pleased to announce the appointment of David Fields as the Council’s new Executive Director.

For more than 15 years, Mr. Fields has been an active and dedicated Vincentian supporting the good works of the Los Angeles Council, which serves the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara.

His prior involvement included serving as President of the St. Elizabeth Conference in Altadena, District President of the San Gabriel Council, Chairman of the Los Angeles Council’s Conference Concerns Committee and member of the Los Angeles Council’s Executive Committee. He is also an active community member and has served as the President of the Central Altadena Little League and President of the Black Catholic Association of Altadena and Pasadena.

Mr. Fields takes his new post with over 30 years of management experience. Prior to the Society, he served for 25 years in senior management positions at Xerox Corporation. After leaving Xerox, he worked as an Operations Manager for Bovis Lend Lease, a construction management firm based in Southern California. His beginning professional path was to be an elementary school teacher and this passion of mentorship and education has led him to be a very active advocate of social and humanitarian issues in his community and beyond.

Mr. Fields is a graduate of UCLA and holds a teaching credential from California State University, Los Angeles. He is married to Eleanor Fields and they have two sons, Richard and Jeff. As a native of Los Angeles, Mr. Fields has a great love for the Southern California community. His compassion for helping the needy and disadvantaged motivates him to serve St. Vincent de Paul’s Council of Los Angeles as its newly appointed Executive Director.

The Council’s programs currently include supporting the less fortunate through 100-plus parish based volunteer conferences in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, the Cardinal Manning Center homeless shelter on Skid Row in Los Angeles, a prisoner resettlement program in Los Angeles to assist paroled inmates, three thrift stores located in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oxnard, an emergency winter shelter in West Ventura County and the Circle V Ranch Camp near Santa Barbara that serves hundreds of at-risk youth every summer.

For more information on the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Council of Los Angeles and its programs, please visit http://www.svdpla.org.

For all press inquiries, please contact Brian Pickering, bpick@svdpla.org, 323.224.6273, or Diana Bianchini, diana@dimodapr.com, 310.288.0077.

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Monday, March 8, 2010

The magic of summer camp is around the corner


Circle V Ranch Camp offers boys and girls, ages 7-13, six days and five nights of pure FUN for just $325 per session!

Various programs are available, including, but not limited to: swimming, archery, beach trip, sports, arts & crafts, hiking, music, nature and campfires.

In addition, leadership training is available for teens, ages 15-17.

YOU also can save $$$ by sending your child to sessions one or two.

Financial assistance is available for children who qualify.

Info: 323-224-6213 or visit our web at www.svdpla.org to download an application TODAY!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Terrific $avings to sing and dance about this weekend in LONG BEACH!


Another weekend is upon us. And, you know what that means! Tremendous $avings above the everyday LOW prices at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's store in LONG BEACH!

Our sale includes the following items:

FRI: Women's Long Sleeve Shirts (25% off)
SAT: Belts and Ties ONLY ($0.99)
SUN: All Linen (50% off)

Don't miss out on these great deals!

The Society's Long Beach store is located at 2750 Pacific Coast Hwy., 90804, while its number is 562-494-9955.

You also can find terrific buys at the Society's two other stores in Los Angeles and Oxnard. Directions to all three stores can be found in the right column of this blog.

Happy shopping everyone!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Young Vincentians: 7th Annual Sock Drive Coming Up


Dear Young Vincentians & Friends,

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul 7th Annual Sock Drive is scheduled for the weekend of April 17-18. This event allows you, your parish and/or school community and fellow parishioners and/or students the opportunity to reach out to our homeless brothers and sisters in this small, but significant, way.

The weekend of April 17-18 is only a suggestion; please feel free to choose an alternative weekend if that better suits you and the needs of your parish/school.

If you have any questions, need additional assistance, or need a flyer, etc., customized for your parish/school, please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail sanman@svdpla.org or by calling 323/226-1757.

Thanks again for all you do for our neighbors in need.

Yours in St. Vincent and Blessed Frédéric,

Manuel A. Sánchez

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

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Saturday's event draws big crowd











With a live DJ playing music, the aroma of the Kogi Korean BBQ truck in the parking lot and $avings galore in the store, shoppers enjoyed spending part of their day at the Society's Los Angeles thrift store this past Saturday.

And, the proceeds from the various household items going for 50 percent off our everyday LOW prices, benefited the Society's charitable services. It was a win-win for everyone!

St. Vincent de Paul thanks everyone who supported this event! Please keep checking this blog for future Society sales and events in your neighborhood.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Vincentian Reminder: March 14, 2010


This year's Annual Meeting is less than two weeks away, as it is scheduled for Sunday, March 14 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. The meeting will be held following the 10 a.m. Mass with Cardinal Roger Mahony. Vincentians...PLEASE make your reservations early. Seating is limited.

For information and reservations, please call 323-224-6298.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Prices worth dancing about in Long Beach this week!!!


Looking to begin the month of March in style, but you're cash flow is minimized? No worries! The Society of St. Vincent de Paul store in Long Beach is here to help!

Beginning today, and continuing through Sunday, there will be a variety of sales to cater to you're liking. And, at the same time, your support benefits the Society's local charitable programs for children, women and men in need.

This week's $ales include:

MON: Women' Pants - Buy one, get one 1/2 off (equal or lesser value)
TUE: Men's Shirts (50% off)
WED: Women's Dresses (25% off)
THUR: Children's Clothing (25% off)
FRI: Women's Long Sleeve Shirts (25% off)
SAT: Belts and Ties ONLY ($0.99)
SUN: All Linen (50% off)

Don't miss out on these great deals!

The Society's Long Beach store is located at 2750 Pacific Coast Hwy., 90804. Directions to this location can be found in the right column of this blog.

Info: 562-494-9955.