Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween is Here!


It may be Halloween weekend, but it's not too late to pick up your special costume or decoration. And, at St. Vincent de Paul store, you'll save BIG $$$ this weekend on Halloween costumes and decorations!

St. Vincent de Paul stores in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oxnard have a variety of costumes (for children and adults) and decorations to help make your holiday a special one! Inventory changes daily, so come on by and see what we have!

Store locations can be found at:

Los Angeles: 210 N. Avenue 21, 90031 / 323-224-6280
Long Beach: 2750 Pacific Coast Hwy., 90804 / 562-494-9955
Oxnard: 1258 Saviers Rd., 93033 / 805-487-1500


Directions to each store are located on the right side of this blog. And, remember, St. Vincent de Paul's stores are open on October 31.

Have a safe and enjoyable Halloween weekend!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

This world would be a better place if...


"Make it a practice to judge persons and things in the most favorable light at all times and under all circumstances."

~ St. Vincent de Paul

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Long Beach Halloween $ale This Week


With Halloween less than a week away, do you reside near Long Beach and find yourself short on cash? No need to worry. Through October 31, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's LONG BEACH store (2750 Pacific Coast Hwy., 90804) will discount all Halloween costumes and decorations 50%!!! And while you're there, check out the many everyday low prices you need most.

Directions can be found in the column on the right side of this blog. Info: 562-494-9955.

Monday, October 25, 2010

DON'T MISS THIS COMEDY on DEC. 4!!!

From the creator of the hit comedy Late Night Catechism, comes a new comedy, Sisters Christmas Catechism! And, on December 4, YOU can witness it live and in person.

It will be one O-ho-ho holy night! as Sister tackles the question, “Whatever happened to the Magi’s gold?” It’s CSI: BETHLEHEM when Sister invites her audience to be characters in a living nativity/crime scene! Bring along your cameras...Sister’s waiting for you with a sleigh full of gifts and a bundle of laughs this holiday season!

This laugh-out-loud comedy will be held at 7:30 p.m. on December 4, 2010 at Holy Family Church, 1527 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena, CA 91030. This event is being held by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Los Angeles Council in conjunction with Holy Family's South Pasadena SVdP Conference.

View preview below of Sisters Christmas Catechism. For ticket information, please call 323-276-6084.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Claire Padama named SVdP L.A. Council President


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles is pleased to announce the appointment of Claire Padama as the Council President, Board of Directors which became effective on October 1, 2010. Prior to Claire's new post, Mr. James Weiss had served as President, Board of Directors for two consecutive three-year terms, with his role concluding in September.

Prior to this new post, Claire has spent a lifetime of devotion to her church in service and has been committed to her charity work with the Council for 16 years. She has served many crucial roles in successful fundraising for the Council of Los Angeles as well as with various parishes to help the poor and fulfill the programs and mission of St. Vincent de Paul.

In addition to her new post as President, Board of Directors, Claire also serves as President of Our Lady of the Angels District, Chairman of the Conference Concerns Committee of L.A. for St. Vincent de Paul and has served as past president for St. Vincent de Paul's Our Mother of Good Counsel. She serves on many church related committees and is a member of the Los Angeles Voice as well as the Executive Director of UERMMMC Nursing Alumni USA and a board member of the UERMMMC Nursing Foundation USA, where she has also served as past president.

In 2007, Claire retired from her professional career to focus her efforts on her community and church leadership roles. Before retiring, she was a notable and honored success in the Skilled Nursing Industry. She has been awarded with numerous accolades for her leadership and entrepreneurial successes.

In the 1980s, Claire co-founded and oversaw 9 nursing facilities which eventually grew to 28 from Orange County to Fresno. She became an entrepreneurial leader in her field being recognized and honored with the Entrepreneur Award, Outstanding Filipino American Nursing Award as well as many other accolades and honors for her commitment to Nursing as well as her community.

Claire continues to be recognized as a community builder, successful entrepreneur and as well as a church leader where she has received Augustian recognition as an Affiliate Member of the Augustinian order and the Anima Una Award.

David Fields states, "As Executive Director of the Los Angeles Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, I speak for the entire organization's enthusiasm with Claire Padama's appointment as Board President. She brings a wealth of practical business experience to her new position. But more importantly, she brings 16 years of experience as a volunteer helping the poor and needy through the Society's good works. "

Claire in her new role will consult and oversee all of the Council's initiatives and programs. The Council's programs currently include supporting the less fortunate through 100-plus parish-based volunteer conferences in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, affordable housing in Los Angeles and Camarillo, 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's Council of L.A. and its programs, please visit http://www.svdpla.org.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

TODAY IN LOS ANGELES...


Today...Today...Today...

Visit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's store at 210 N. Avenue 21 in Los Angeles - recently named L.A. Weekly's 'Best Giant Thrift Store' for 2010 - for these great specials:

* 50% off all chairs
* 25% off dining tables and dining sets

Directions to our L.A. store can be found in the right column of this blog. Info: 323-224-6280.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

ESL proves beneficial to Society store employees in L.A.


Helping individuals better their lives is what the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is all about. And here in Los Angeles that also includes its employees, even if it means taking time out of their working hours to do so.

In Southern California, Spanish is used by so many people that English is not a necessity for daily living. With this in mind, the idea of assisting the Society’s Spanish-speaking store employees in Los Angeles was initiated.

A free 18-week ‘English as a Second Language’ non-credited class recently was held to help employees improve their basic conversational English skills – not only for their current job, but for future employment growth and better language skills for interaction within the broader community.

“Our goal is to help the whole person, whether it’s the people we help on a daily basis or our own employees and the lives of their families. We want to see them succeed in life,” said L.A. Council Executive Director David Fields.

Twelve employees enrolled in the class were given a free hour twice a week toward enhancing their language skills. According to instructor Tony Venegoni, who enlisted the help of friend Joan Depew to volunteer their time to teach the class, the students were “eager to learn.” Both instructors had taught ESL before retiring from the Los Angeles Unified School District and saw this as an excellent opportunity to give back to the community.

After initially meeting with the students, Venegoni and Depew broke the class into two groups: ‘Beginning level A’ and ‘Beginning level B.’

“Many of (the participating employees) knew some English, while others needed to start at the very beginning, even though they had lived in this country for 10, 15 or 20 years,” said Venegoni. “They were charming and fun. The emphasis was to improve their English and motivate them to use it, especially on the job.”

Following the completion of the course, a special graduation ceremony and luncheon was held in which the students received certificates for their accomplishments.

“I want to thank the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for giving me the opportunity to learn more English. It helps me a lot at work because I’m a cashier,” said Isabel Sanchez, who was in the level B class. “I feel more comfortable (speaking English), though I still have to learn more. It helps me with reading. With my daughter, I can understand the paper work a little bit more that she brings home from school. I can understand her when she speaks English a little bit more, too.”

Venegoni, a Vincentian volunteer at the Society’s St. Elizabeth Conference, was asked by then-L.A. Council President Jim Weiss if he could conduct the class. After teaching ESL for more than 30 years in the LAUSD and the Peace Corps in Turkey, he was only too happy to return to the career he loved.

Venegoni plans on conducting another ESL class at St. Vincent de Paul in the near future.

For information on volunteer opportunities at St. Vincent de Paul, call 323-224-6288.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

PARKING LOT SALE IN LOS ANGELES: October 19!


Large PARKING LOT SALE from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on TUESDAY, October 19 at St. Vincent de Paul store, 210 N. Avenue 21, Los Angeles, 90031.

Winter clothes, regular clothes and miss. items!!! Don't miss your chance to experience this BARGAIN SALE!!!

Info: 323-224-6280. Directions to the store can be found on the right side of this blog.

Friday, October 15, 2010

SVdP's LA Store named 'Best Giant Thrift Store' by LA Weekly



The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's store at 210 N. Avenue 21 in Los Angeles was named this year's 'Best Giant Thrift Store' in the October 8th Best of Los Angeles edition of LA Weekly.

This is what reporter Anna Jones had to say:

One of the best things about not having much cash — really, when you think about it, the only thing — is the excellent excuse to spend it at the large-scale second-hand fantasyland Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Lincoln Heights. The thrill of furnishing an Eastside apartment with less than $200 is comparable only to the thrill of the great bargains you will discover here: a constantly rotating inventory of vintage and other lightly used furnishings, which on most days will include fabulous deals on everything from TVs and dishware to pianos and exercise equipment. The enormous selection of clothes, shoes and accessories for men, women and kids is packed with great finds and the staff is friendly and helpful (and sometimes willing to make deals on big-ticket items). Come prepared with a truck and ample time to spend exploring its many rooms, and be sure to check out the book section at the front. Plus, it’s all for a good cause. 210 N. Avenue 21, Lincoln Heights. (323) 224-6280.

Make your plans now to visit this vast store, where you'll find something for all your needs and dreams! Enjoy the weekend.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

$aving$ for Ventura County Residents


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul wants to help YOU, while you help us help others in need! Buy more for LE$$. Enjoy these cool savings at St. Vincent de Paul's store in OXNARD this week:

* THUR: Senior Citizen Day (15% off)
* FRI-SUN: Special Weekend Sale (50% off)

NOTE: These sales are on select items and exclude purple tags, mattresses and bed frames.

The Society's Oxnard store is located at 1258 Saviers Rd., 93033. Info: 805-487-1500. Directions to the store can be found on the right side of this blog.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A quote from 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, October 12, 2010

No Need to Fear...


Our LOW, LOW prices on Halloween costumes and decorations will save YOU $$$!

St. Vincent de Paul stores in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oxnard have a variety of costumes and decorations to help make your holiday a special one! Inventory changes daily, so come on by and see what we have!

Store locations can be found at:

Los Angeles: 210 N. Avenue 21, 90031 / 323-224-6280
Long Beach: 2750 Pacific Coast Hwy., 90804 / 562-494-9955
Oxnard: 1258 Saviers Rd., 93033 / 805-487-1500

Directions to each store are located on the right side of this blog.

Friday, October 8, 2010

SAVE THE DATE - December 4, 2010

From the creator of the hit comedy Late Night Catechism, comes a new comedy, Sisters Christmas Catechism! And, on December 4, YOU can witness it live at Holy Family Church in South Pasadena.

It will be one O-ho-ho holy night! as Sister tackles the question, “Whatever happened to the Magi’s gold?” It’s CSI: BETHLEHEM when Sister invites her audience to be characters in a living nativity/crime scene! Bring along your cameras...Sister’s waiting for you with a sleigh full of gifts and a bundle of laughs this holiday season!

SAVE THE DATE for this hilarious comedy, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. on December 4, 2010 at Holy Family Church, 1527 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena, CA 91030. This event is being held by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Los Angeles Council in conjunction with Holy Family's South Pasadena SVdP Conference.

View preview below of Sisters Christmas Catechism. For ticket information, please call 323-276-6084.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Vincentian Retreat - October 9, 2010


A reminder to all Vincentians:

This Saturday, October 9, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles will sponsor a VINCENTIAN RETREAT at the De Paul Evangelization Center, 1105 Bluff Road in Montebello. Everyone is welcomed to attend!

The retreat, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include lunch, will be conducted by Father Pedro Villarroya, C.M. The event is FREE, though financial donations are appreciated.

Make this a day to renew your Vincentian spirituality!

Please RSVP by calling 888-552-7872.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

$ale$ at SVdP's LONG BEACH Store


Check out these sales through Friday at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's store in Long Beach! And, these are above the store's everyday low prices!

Today - Women's long sleeve shirts (50% off)
Thur - Women's short sleeve shirts (50% off)
Fri - Shoes for the entire family (25% off)

The Society's Long Beach store is located at 2750 Pacific Coast Hwy, 90804. Store directions can be found on the right side of the blog. Info: 562-494-9955.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Words from Saint Vincent de Paul


Words that still ring true in 2010...

“You must ask God to give you power to fight against the sin of pride which is your greatest enemy – the root of all that is evil, and the failure of all that is good. For God resists the proud.”

~ St. Vincent de Paul
1581-1660

Monday, October 4, 2010

Jim Weiss: A forward-thinking president concludes term


Always looking towards the future and never settling for the here and now, Los Angeles Council President Jim Weiss concludes his six-year term at the helm following one of this Council’s most progressive periods in its 102-year history.

During his tenure, the retired Caltech scientist, who was once featured in Time magazine and given a Presidential accommodation from President Bill Clinton for his work in the space industry, has overseen the following expansion:

• Renovated offices at L.A. Council’s headquarters to meet the growing needs, including a state-of-the-art conference room for meetings and teleconferencing across its three-county region of L.A., Ventura and Santa Barbara;
• New stores in Long Beach and Oxnard, which include state-of-the-art district offices for workshops and teleconferencing with Council’s L.A. office, and more;
• Affordable housing in Camarillo (five units) and Los Angeles (four units), as well as a second Francisco House for parolees;
• Renovation of Circle V Ranch Camp;
• Diversification of Council investments for future growth;
• Empowerment of the Council’s District Presidents;
• Development and fundraising;
• Continued relationship-building with local, state and national political leaders, other charitable organizations and potential funding sources.

“We can never be satisfied with the present. We always need to be looking ahead. Hopefully, I accomplished that through the programs we started and/or began. It does help, though, when you have so many dedicated Vincentians supporting you and fighting the same cause. For that, I am truly thankful.”

Being a Vincentian can be a full time job. Jim is thankful to have a wife who has been understanding of his time, especially the past six years as president.

“My wife, Pat, and family have sacrificed a lot for me, but they have supported me through it all,” said Jim, who recently celebrated his 46th wedding anniversary and is “proud” to be a great grandfather.

Thank you, Jim, for the devotion you have given the L.A. Council. Your foresight and wisdom will continue to impact countless lives for years to come!

For complete story, please see the Society's Fall newsletter, Society Outreach.

Photo: Jim Weiss with his wife, Pat, and daughter, Maria.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Halloween Fever Is In The Air



The month of October has finally arrived! Halloween fever is in the air!

Shop the Society of St. Vincent de Paul stores in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oxnard for all your Halloween costume and decoration needs. Not only will you find some cool items at very low prices, but your support will also help local disadvantaged and homeless families through the Society's charitable programs.

Store locations can be found at:

Los Angeles: 210 N. Avenue 21, 90031 / 323-224-6280
Long Beach: 2750 Pacific Coast Hwy., 90804 / 562-494-9955
Oxnard: 1258 Saviers Rd., 93033 / 805-487-1500

Directions to each store are located on the right side of this blog.

Enjoy the weekend everyone!

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