Friday, April 30, 2010

Special Public Action to be held on May 2 in Los Angeles



Five-hundred leaders from One LA-IAF, a broad-based organization of 85 churches, synagogues, schools, unions and nonprofits in Los Angeles County will hold a Public Action from 2:30-4 p.m. on May 2 at Harmony Elementary School in Los Angeles (899 E. 42nd Place).

The question that will be asked of bank executives and public officials will be What's the Future of South Los Angeles - Foreclosed or Revitalized?

One LA leaders and homeowners will provide evidence of the failure of banks and the government to address the ongoing foreclosure crisis in our communities. This failure to bring timely and sustainable solution to the foreclosure crisis has impacted our entire community. Unemployment, underemployment, the City budget crisis, layoffs and cutbacks in our schools are all directly related to this crisis.

What's needed is a plan of action to resolve the crisis that affects homeowners, home buyers, renters & landlords and local businesses in our community. One LA leaders have a solution: a Foreclosure Prevention Plan that requires banks to provide long-term, sustainable loan modifications and participate in mortgage principal reduction.

The City of Los Angeles has endorsed the solution and funded a pilot effort to implement it. Bank of America has agreed to test it out. One LA will call for public officials and bank executives to support the One LA Plan to solve the foreclosure crisis and reinstitute banking practices that make responsible credit available in South Los Angeles.

Confirmed guests include:

* Representatives from Bank of America, Chase and OneWest Bank;
* Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark-Ridley Thomas;
* Los Angeles City Councilmen Bernard Parks and Richard Alarcon.

The public is invited to attend this Public Action. Information: Father Tom Frank, SSJ, at 323-292-0781. The One LA-IAF web address is http://onela-iaf.org.

TODAY is the FINAL DAY!


TODAY is the FINAL DAY to purchase tickets for tomorrow's 3rd Annual Camper by Camper Gala. One $300 ticket will send an at-risk child to camp this summer! Reservations: Sandra Gillard at 323-276-6083.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

May 1st Camper by Camper Gala UPDATE!


Wendy Burch, Emmy award-winning reporter of KTLA's Morning News, will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the Society's 3rd Annual Camper by Camper Gala on Saturday, May 1 at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

The Society's Gala, which will honor NCIS actress Pauley Perrette and Pasadena's Dr. Don Thomas for their work in the community, will be held from 6-10 p.m. The event will include fine dining, an awards ceremony, silent and live auctions.

Proceeds will help send more than a thousand at-risk youth, ages 7-13, to Circle V Ranch Camp this summer.

Sponsors for the 3rd Annual Camper by Camper Gala include Bank of America, CATZ Sports Performance Center, Watson Land Company, Deloitte LLP, Los Angeles World Airports, Polenzani & Hyman Minges Families, Pic-a-Pak and Bug Bam.

Gala tickets are available at $300 each, which sends one deserving child to camp for one week. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.svdpla.org, or contact Sandra Gillard at 323.276.6083 or sgillard@svdpla.org.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tickets still available for May 1 Gala to send at-risk youth to summer camp


The Society's 3rd Annual CAMPER by CAMPER Gala, honoring NCIS actress Pauley Perrette and Pasadena's Dr. Don Thomas for their work in the community, will be held from 6-10 p.m. on May 1, 2010 at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

Proceeds will help send more than a thousand at-risk youth, ages 7-13, to Circle V Ranch Camp this summer. The event will include fine dining, an awards ceremony, silent and live auctions.

Circle V Ranch is located in the Los Padres National Forest and operated by St. Vincent de Paul. Each year, the Society sends 1,200 children to camp for eight one-week sessions to build self esteem, learn teamwork, participate in fun activities and just be a kid.

Gala tickets are available at $300 each, which sends one deserving child to camp for one week. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.svdpla.org, or contact Sandra Gillard at 323.276.6083 or sgillard@svdpla.org.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

50% OFF STOREWIDE SALE IN LONG BEACH TODAY!


HUGE 50% off storewide sale TODAY ONLY at St. Vincent de Paul's store in LONG BEACH! Take advantage of these savings on items you use and need everyday! Some exclusions apply.

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

Monday, April 26, 2010

Great savings this week at Society's Long Beach store!


The beginning of another work week means great $avings at the Society's store in LONG BEACH! Here is what you'll find this week!

* TODAY: Ties and Belts (99 cents)
* TUE: Store wide sale (50% off - some exclusions apply)
* WED: Books (25% off)
* THU: Women's Pants (50% off)
* FRI: Men's clothing (25% off)
* SAT: Linen (25% off)
* SUN: Pictures (25% off)

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

Friday, April 23, 2010

Only one week until St. Vincent de Paul's biggest event of the year



One week and counting.

That's all the time you have to claim your ticket to the Society's 3rd Annual CAMPER by CAMPER Gala, which will see actress Pauley Perrette from NCIS and Pasadena's Dr. Don Thomas honored for their work in the community.

The May 1st Gala will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills to raise funds to send more than a thousand at-risk youth, ages 7-13, to Circle V Ranch Camp this summer. The event will include fine dining, an awards ceremony, silent and live auctions

Circle V Ranch is located in the Los Padres National Forest and operated by St. Vincent de Paul. Each year, the Society sends 1,200 children to camp for eight one-week sessions to build self esteem, learn teamwork, participate in fun activities and just be a kid.

Gala tickets are available at $300 each, which sends one deserving child to camp for one week. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.svdpla.org, or contact Sandra Gillard at 323.276.6083 or sgillard@svdpla.org.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Frédéric Ozanam: St. Vincent de Paul's founder was wise beyond his years


Frédéric Ozanam, founder of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, an association of charity that has spread throughout the world, lived in fidelity to God's grace as a Catholic layman. He was a loving husband and devoted father, a distinguished writer and a man who actively practiced the works of mercy.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul began in the spring of 1833, when Ozanam and several Catholic student friends began meeting regularly for prayer, debate, and discussion at the home of Emmanuel Joseph Bailly, a forty-year-old Catholic owner of a print shop and publisher of a newspaper. They initially called their group “The Conference of History and Literature.” They also agreed to contribute to a fund, which they would then personally distribute directly to poor people in Paris. By the following May, the Society had become so popular among the Catholic students at the University of Paris that Bailly’s home could no longer accommodate all of the members at their meetings.

In May 1833, Ozanam and friends reoriented The Conference on History and Literature to focus on charity to the poor. Thus began the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, named in honor of Saint Vincent de Paul, probably by Bailly, whose brother was a Vincentian priest. A fundamental principle of the Society is its premium upon direct, personal interaction with the poor, and not on bureaucratic and anonymous administration of programs — “it was a basic rule of the Society that the members must personally visit those they were assisting.”

Ozanam and his friends began bringing wood and coal to the poor for fuel. In a letter to a cousin, he explained his hopes:

[W]e are too young to intervene in the social strife. Shall we remain inactive in the midst of a world which suffers so grievously? No, there is another way open to us. . . we can endeavor to do good to some individuals. Before regenerating France we can help at least a few of her poor. Thus I hope that all young people with similar desire will unite for charitable purposes and form a vast generous association for the comfort of the masses.

Ozanam’s vision of a worldwide “network of charity” quickly became a reality. By 1855, there were 2,814 local conferences (groups of volunteers called Vincentians) of the Society located throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Asia, Africa, and much of Europe. Today, there are more than a million members of the Society working on every continent. It continues to be lay-led. It continues to offer the opportunity to actually do something tangible and real in the alleviation of poverty and suffering, and to directly practice the corporal works of mercy.

Ozanam was beatified by Pope John Paul II on August 22, 1997.

For more information how YOU can help the Society's Los Angeles Council help others in need, please call 323-224-6298.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Quote of the Day: St. Vincent de Paul


"To rely on our talents is a cause of great loss. When someone places confidence in his own prudence, knowledge, and intelligence, God, to make him know and see his insufficiency, withdraws from him His help and leaves him to work by himself. This is often why our undertakings miserably fail."

~ St Vincent de Paul

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Summer Camp is almost here; Register your child today!


St. Vincent de Paul is NOW accepting applications for summer camp at beautiful Circle V Ranch Camp near Santa Barbara!

Children, ages 7-13, will enjoy many activities like swimming, archery, beach trips, music and much more during their 6 day/5 day stay in the Los Padres National Forest.

The camp schedule is as follows: Session 1, June 28-July 3; Session 2, July 3-8; Session 3, July 11-16; Session 4, July 16-21; Session 5, July 21-26; Session 6, July 30-August 4; Session 7, August 4-9; Session 8, August 9-14.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify!

Info: 323-224-6213 or www.svdpla.org.

Monday, April 19, 2010

More $avings this week at Society's LONG BEACH Store


THE $AVINGS CONTINUE Again THIS WEEK AT THE SOCIETY'S STORE IN LONG BEACH! Here is what you'll find thru Friday:

* MON: Women's Pants (50% off)
* TUE: Children's Clothes (99 cents)
* WED: Women's Skirts (25% off)
* THU: Men's Long Sleeve Shirts (25% off)
* FRI: Women's Shoes (25% off)

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

Friday, April 16, 2010

Camper by Camper is Gala is 2 weeks away



The Society will hold its 3rd Annual CAMPER by CAMPER Gala Awards on Saturday, May 1st, 2010 at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills to raise funds to send more than a thousand at-risk youth, ages 7-13, to Circle V Ranch Camp this summer.

The Camper by Camper Gala, which will include fine dining, an awards ceremony, silent and live auctions, honors local individuals who are committed to changing the lives of at-risk youth in their community.

This year, the Society will honor Actress & philanthropist Pauley Perrette who, in addition to playing “Abby Sciuto” since 2003 on NCIS, the number 1 show in the world, is an active voice and volunteer in her community. She will be honored with the Society’s Community Advocate’s Award.

Dr. Don Thomas will receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award for a lifetime of outstanding philanthropic work. Dr. Thomas has practiced medicine for the last 40+ years, holding various positions such as Emergency Department Director of Huntington Memorial Hospital and Medical Director of Occidental's Emmons Health Center in addition to his own private practice in the Pasadena area.

Young and Healthy, a nonprofit organization that provides free health care to medically uninsured children in the Pasadena area, was co-founded by Dr. Thomas 20 years ago. This successful program has been recognized by President Bush and by many other cities across the country where Young and Healthy's model program has been replicated.

Circle V Ranch Camp is located in the Los Padres National Forest and operated by St. Vincent de Paul. Each year, the Society sends 1,200 children to camp for eight one-week sessions to build self esteem, learn teamwork, participate in fun activities and just be a kid.

Gala tickets are available at $300 each, which sends one deserving child to camp for one week. For more information about the Society’s Camper by Camper sponsorships and advertising opportunities, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.svdpla.org, or contact Sandra Gillard at 323.276.6083 or sgillard@svdpla.org.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Great $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 clothes with green tags - $3.00;
* Televisions - 50% off;
* Coffee Tables - 50% off;
* End Tables - 50% 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, April 14, 2010

Save BIG on children's clothing at SVdP stores


Are you a parent who is in need of clothes for your child, but the economy has a grip on your finances?

Visit one of the Society's thrift stores in Los Angeles, Long Beach or Oxnard, where your money will s t r e t c h, allowing you to purchase more at rock-bottom prices! And, you'll find a variety of clothes to match the taste of any boy or girl.

Not only do you save BIG at St. Vincent de Paul, but your patronage also supports the Society's various outreach programs. It's a win-win scenario.

For the store nearest you, call 800-974-3571 or go to the right column of this blog for store addresses.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The BIG YOUTH WEEKEND is just days away


Dear Young Vincentians & Friends,

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul 7th Annual Sock Drive is almost upon us: 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, April 12, 2010

$avings Galore This Week @ Society's Long Beach Store


THE $AVINGS CONTINUE THIS WEEK AT THE SOCIETY'S STORE IN LONG BEACH!

* MON: Women's Pants (50% off)
* TUE: Men's Long Sleeve Shirts (25% off)
* WED: Housewares (25% off)
* THU: Children's Clothing (25% off)
* FRI: Small Electronics (25% off)
* SAT: Pictures (25% off)
* SUN: Linen (25% off)

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

Friday, April 9, 2010

Summer Camp Applications NOW Being Accepted


St. Vincent de Paul is NOW accepting applications for summer camp at beautiful Circle V Ranch Camp near Santa Barbara!

Children, ages 7-13, will enjoy many activities like swimming, archery, beach trips, music and much more during their 6 day/5 day stay in the Los Padres National Forest.

The camp schedule is as follows: Session 1, June 28-July 3; Session 2, July 3-8; Session 3, July 11-16; Session 4, July 16-21; Session 5, July 21-26; Session 6, July 30-August 4; Session 7, August 4-9; Session 8, August 9-14.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify!

Info: 323-224-6213 or www.svdpla.org.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

It's NOT too late to get involved...


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.

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.

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).

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Young 'Vincentian' Volunteers Venture to Skid Row for Weekend Urban Plunge


“This was but a taste – and a poor one at that – of what some people go through on a daily basis,” said Javier Hinojosa to several teens from Pacoima who spent a night at St. Vincent’s Cardinal Manning Center, a homeless shelter run by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row.

“I heard people complaining about having to sleep on air mattresses, but you still clung to your sheets when it was time to get up. I heard some of you complaining about having to get up so early, but remember: People down here – those who’re lucky enough to get a bed in a shelter – have to get up at 5 a.m. every day, have to be back out on the street by five every morning.”

Hinojosa, spiritual advisor of the Society’s Mary Immaculate Youth Conference in Pacoima, and the teens then shared about their impressions of life on Skid Row.

“The teens were here as part of an ‘urban plunge,’” said Manuel Sánchez, youth & young adult conference coordinator for the Society and leader of the weekend.

“Urban plunges are experiential opportunities for people to live and experience the realities on Skid Row,” Sánchez said. “A person who doesn’t have to live here will never really know what it’s like, but they can get a glimpse at life here, and may be moved to reach out in some way.”

An urban plunge usually includes a service opportunity, a tour of the Cardinal Manning Center and the surrounding Skid Row area, along with a history of Skid Row, a description of the current socio-political situation there, and a look to its possible future. Tours of neighboring agencies may also be part of the weekend, along with opportunities to interact with some residents there and learn about other agencies and their services.

During the weekend, time is also set aside to learn how to analyze a situation (such as homelessness and poverty) in light of Catholic social justice teachings, the Vincentian charism, and systemic issues, Sánchez said.

“We try to impart some tools – and a willingness to use those tools – to those who take part in an urban plunge,” he added. “Some of these kids may not be moved to act now, but down the line we hope that they’ll reach out to their neighbor in need.

“And you never know – some young person may be moved to act now, or may come to some insight that will affect change in his or her life immediately.”

Photo: Teens tour Skid Row.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

SVdP Seeks Usable Donations from Businesses


TO ALL BUSINESSES IN THE COUNTIES OF LOS ANGELES, VENTURA & SANTA BARBARA:

PLEASE don't discard your usable items (clothing, furniture, appliances, electronics, vehicles and more). In this difficult economy, the needs of children and families have increased! The Society of St. Vincent de needs YOUR tax-deductible donations.

Donations help improve the quality of life for local children, women and men through various avenues, including the Society's free-distribution program, where families in extreme-need receive needed items at no cost.

For more information, or to have your donations picked up for FREE, please call 800-97-HELP-1 (800-974-3571).

THANK YOU

Monday, April 5, 2010

OUTSTANDING $ales this week at Long Beach store!


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

* TUE: Ties & Belts (99¢ each)
* WED: Jackets & Sweaters (50% off)
* THU: Women's Short Sleeve Shirts (25% off)
* FRI: Children's Clothing (99¢ each)
* SAT: Purple Tag Clothing (25% off)
* SUN: Books (25% off)


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

Friday, April 2, 2010

Happy Easter everyone!



As we celebrate this special weekend, let us remember the true meaning of Easter. Happy Easter everyone!

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."


~ Matthew 28:1-10

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Good Friday & Easter Reminder


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.

All three stores will close on Easter and reopen on Monday, April 5.

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

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