Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Circle V Ranch Camp season is almost here! Don't let your child be left out


For information about sending your child to St. Vincent de Paul's Circle V Ranch summer camp - which overlooks gorgeous Lake Cachuma - in beautiful Santa Barbara, call 323-224-6213.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Memorial Day schedule for Society stores in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oxnard


In observance of Memorial Day, the Society's main store in Los Angeles will only be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday. Meanwhile, our other two store locations in Long Beach and Oxnard will be closed.

Let us remember the true meaning to this special day - a day of remembrance for the men and women who have died while serving in the American military. May we always keep their dreams alive.

Friday, May 27, 2011

50% off Memorial Day sale on May 28 in Long Beach


St. Vincent de Paul will hold a huge 50% off storewide Memorial Day sale on Saturday, May 28 at its Long Beach store, 2750 Pacific Coast Highway, 90804.

You'll enjoy tremendous savings on clothing, shoes and much more from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (some exclusions apply).

Your support will not only save you BIG money on items you need most, but store proceeds will benefit the Society's local charitable services for those in need.

Information: 562-494-9955.



Thursday, May 26, 2011

Society thanks Louisville High School













Society Executive Director David Fields (left) speaks before the Louisville High School student body on Thursday prior to presenting a $1,000 check to the school's principal, Kathleen Vercillo, for having the most high school students participate in St. Vincent de Paul's Hike for the Homeless.

Besides the hike, which raised money for St. Vincent de Paul's Cardinal manning Center (shelter) in Skid Row, a number of the students also assisted at the Society's Fourth Annual 'An Evening with the Society' benefit in Universal City. St. Vincent de Paul is excited about the positive image these young people have shown in helping individuals who are less fortunate, and look forward to building a stronger union with Louisville and other local high schools and colleges.

Photos (l-r): Often mistaken for being related to President Barack Obama, Society Executive Director David Fields jokes that he is not a relative; Posing for the check presentation are (l-r) Louisville High School's Michael Bates & Kathleen Vercillo, Students Veronica Black & Marissa Deems, and the Society's David Fields & Claire Padama.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Vehicle Donations Sought (running or not)


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles, which serves the counties of L.A., Ventura and Santa Barbara, seeks donated cars, boats, motorcycles and RVs.

100% of the proceeds benefit the local underserved. PLUS...your donations is tax deductible and we can pickup for FREE!

Information: 323-224-6291 or lmedina@svdpla.org.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

This is St. Vincent de Paul...


"It is our duty to prefer the service of the poor to everything else and to offer such service as quickly as possible. If a needy person requires medicine or other help during prayer time, do whatever has to be done with peace of mind. Offer the deed to God as your prayer … charity is certainly greater than any rule. Moreover, all rules must lead to charity."

~ St Vincent de Paul


St Vincent de Paul devoted his life to the service of others. He is the apostle of charity for the universal Church. The 1991 edition of the Manual of the Society of St Vincent de Paul says ‘… to give oneself to God and to serve him in the person of the poor were the strictly inseparable aims of religious groups which Vincent stablished in his own time. These too are objectives of the St Vincent de Paul Society, founded almost two centuries after the saint’s death but patterned upon his ideals and lifestyle.’

From www.vinnies.org.au / Passion for Justice

Monday, May 23, 2011

Society's Circle V Ranch Camp holds successful Open House










Close to 200 individuals attended the Society's Open House at Circle V Ranch Camp in Santa Barbara on May 21.

Attendees toured the camp, participated in activities and enjoyed a delicious BBQ lunch. The new miniature golf course was a big hit, as was the new-look grounds just below the dining area. Complete with new sod, individuals and families sat on the grass as they ate their meals, while others played ball on the main field.

Fina Morga, the camp's registrar, reported that close to 20 applications were received from parent's wishing to send their children to summer camp this year.

The 2011 summer camp season is just weeks away. There will be nine one-week sessions.

Session 1: June 22-27 / Theme: Wild, Wild West Week
Session 2: June 27-July 2 / Theme: Pirate Week
Session 3: July 5-10 / Theme: Holiday Week
Session 4: July 10-15 / Theme: Knights of the Round table (Medieval Times)
Session 5: July 18-23 / Theme: Carnival Week
Session 6: July 23-28 / Theme: Hawaiian Vacation Week
Session 7: Aug 1-6 / Theme: Circle V’s Got Talent Week
Session 8: Aug 6-11 / Theme: Disney Week
Session 9: Aug 12-17 / Theme: Safari Adventure Week


There is still time for parents and guardians to fill out applications to send children to camp this summer. Information: 323-224-6213.

Note: More photos from Open House can be found at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Circle-V-Ranch-Camp/105307186181003#!/media/set/?set=a.200569106654810.55537.105307186181003

Friday, May 20, 2011

Bundle your donations for Sunday, May 22


Please Help Us Help Others by donating your tax deductible usable clothing, household goods, electronics and misc. items - as well as newspapers - to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

St. Vincent de Paul donation trucks will be at the below parishes from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. this Sunday, May 22. Feel free to drop off your donations during this time!

* Our Lady of the Assumption: 435 Berkeley Ave., CLAREMONT
* Incarnation: 1001 N. Brand Blvd., GLENDALE
* St. Pancratius: 3519 Saint Pancratius Pl., LAKEWOOD
* St. Cyprian: 4714 Clark Ave., LONG BEACH
* St. Joseph: 6220 E. Willow St., LONG BEACH
* Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha: 22508 Copper Hill Dr., SANTA CLARITA
* St. Peter Claver: 5649 Pittman St., SIMI VALLEY
* Sacred Heart: 10800 Henderson Rd., VENTURA
* Saint Lorenzo Ruiz: 747 Meadow Pass Rd., WALNUT
* St. Gregory the Great: 13935 Telegraph Rd., WHITTIER


* Note - Large items like furniture, appliances and vehicles (running or not) can be donated by calling 323-224-6280 or 800-974-3571.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

New look coming soon to Society's L.A. Store


In an effort to further educate the public about the Society's local charitable programs, store sales and more, customers at St. Vincent de Paul's Los Angeles store at 210 N. Avenue 21 in Los Angeles will soon see modern technology take front and center stage.

Eight flat screen televisions (seven 40" sets throughout the large store and a 46" set placed near the cash registers) are currently being installed. While shopping, customers will soon be able to view Society public service announcements, short videos, upcoming events, store sales, etc.

The Society's goal is to enhance our customer's shopping experience, while keeping them informed about its latest events and news.

Directions to the Society's store in Los Angeles can be found on the right side of this blog. Info: 323-224-6280.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Society seeks locations for donation drop boxes


To ALL Priests/Pastors in the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara:

Help the Society of St. Vincent de Paul help others (and keep your church property clean) by having a Society donation box at your church. Each box is 6-feet-high, 4' wide and 4' deep, and is geared towards the local region.

Our trucks will pick up ALL donations consistently. And you'll feel good knowing that YOU helped make a difference in local disadvantaged lives. All donations are either sold in St. Vincent de Paul's thrift stores to help fund its local charitable services, or are given to families/individuals in extreme-need through the Society's free distribution program.

Information: Tony Terrazas, Society store director, at 323-224-6214.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A Vincentian's code of conduct


The Society's 'Vincentian' volunteer code of conduct:

"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."

~ St. Vincent de Paul

Monday, May 16, 2011

TODAY is the last day to register for Saturday's Open House at Circle V Ranch Camp


Today is the FINAL day to register for Saturday's Circle V Camp's open house in Santa Barbara. Click on flyer to enlarge.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Bundle Sunday takes place on May 15


Please Help Us Help Others by donating your tax deductible usable clothing, household goods, electronics and misc. items - as well as newspapers - to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

St. Vincent de Paul donation trucks will be at the below parishes from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. this Sunday, May 15. Feel free to drop off your donations during this time! PLEASE...no electronics.

* St. Gertrude: 7025 Garfield Ave., BELL GARDENS
* St. John Eudes: 9901 Mason Ave., CHATSWORTH
* Sacred Heart: 344 W. Workman St., COVINA
* Holy Name of Jesus: 2190 W. 31st St., LOS ANGELES
* St. Jerome: 5550 Thornburn St., LOS ANGELES
* St. Kevin: 202 N. Alexandria Ave., LOS ANGELES
* St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: 1835 Larkvane Rd., ROWLAND HEIGHTS
* Our Lady of Perpetual Help: 23233 Lyons Ave., SANTA CLARITA

* Note - Large items like furniture, appliances and vehicles (running or not) can be donated by calling 323-224-6280 or 800-974-3571.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Fourth Annual 'An Evening with the Society'
























Sister Alice Marie Quinn, D.C., R.D., was honored by close to 200 individuals on May 7 for her tremendous work with local homebound seniors at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Fourth Annual ‘An Evening with the Society’ at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City.

Sr. Alice Marie, founder of St. Vincent Meals on Wheels and a member of the Daughters of Charity, said in receiving her award, “It’s really a great honor for me and my team at Meals on Wheels to be honored by our good friends at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.”

The evening also included a reception, silent and live auctions, dinner, entertainment and dancing. Sylvia Lopez form KCAL 9 News served as the emcee. Proceeds from the evening will support the Society’s Cardinal Manning Center (shelter) on Los Angeles’ Skid Row and its Circle V Ranch in Santa Barbara.

Sponsors included the Daughters of Charity, Wells Fargo Bank, AAA Rubbish, Bank of America, Glendale Memorial Hospital, Los Angeles World Airports, Philip & Eileen Rapa, Polenzani & Hyman Minges Families, The Riordan Foundation, Ruth Charles, St. John’s Healthcare, St. Vincent Medical Center & St. Francis Medical Center, and St. Vincent Meals on Wheels – Cuisine รก Roulettes.

For more information about how you can help the Society’s camp and shelter programs, call 323-224-6288.

Photos (clockwise from top left): Honoree Sister Alice Marie Quinn, D.C., R.D., and Society Executive Director David Fields; Mistress of Ceremonies Sylvia Lopez of KCAL 9 News; Reception and Silent Auction; Young ladies from Louisville High School volunteer during the event.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Never look in the past


"Charity must never look to the past, but always to the future, because the number of its past works is still very small and the present and future miseries that it must alleviate are infinite."

~ Blessed Frederic Ozanam

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day from St. Vincent de Paul


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles wishes all mother's a very happy and relaxing Mother's Day!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Limited seats available for Saturday's May 7 benefit


Honoree: Sister Alice Marie Quinn, D.C.
Founder and Executive Director, Meals on Wheels Nutrition Program


6:00 p.m. – Reception and Silent Auction

7:30 p.m. – Dinner, Live Auction, Program and Dancing

Sheraton Universal Hotel, 333 Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA

Benefits the Society's Circle V Ranch Camp & Cardinal Manning Center (shelter) in Skid Row

Tickets: $300 per person

Sponsorships: Title Sponsor $25,000; Diamond Sponsor $10,000; Gold Sponsor $5,000; Silver Sponsor $3,500

For Sponsorships: Phil Rapa at (818) 244-7175

TAX ID #: #95-1644622

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Advice from St. Vincent de Paul


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

~ Saint Vincent de Paul

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

HUGE Holiday $ale in L.A., Long Beach & Oxnard on May 5


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Mother's Day in grand style on May 5 with a HUGE 50% off storewide sale at St. Vincent de Paul's store in Los Angeles. Plus, there will be a BBQ and music by Double RR.

In addition, a 50% off storewide sale will also take place at our other two stores in LONG BEACH (2750 PCH, 90804) and OXNARD (1258 Saviers Rd., 93033). Note: Some exclusions apply at both locations.

Monday, May 2, 2011

This Saturday: An Honor for Sister Alice Marie Quinn, D.C.


Honoree: Sister Alice Marie Quinn, D.C.
Founder and Executive Director, Meals on Wheels Nutrition Program


6:00 p.m. – Reception and Silent Auction

7:30 p.m. – Dinner, Live Auction, Program and Dancing

Sheraton Universal Hotel, 333 Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA

Benefits the Society's Circle V Ranch Camp & Cardinal Manning Center (shelter) in Skid Row

Tickets: $300 per person

Sponsorships: Title Sponsor $25,000; Diamond Sponsor $10,000; Gold Sponsor $5,000; Silver Sponsor $3,500

For Sponsorships: Phil Rapa at (818) 244-7175

TAX ID #: #95-1644622

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