Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween. Save $$$ on last-minute costumes from St. Vincent de Paul stores



Happy Halloween from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul!

Reminder: If you're still seeking costumes and don't have or want to spend a lot of money for tonight's Halloween activities, shop St. Vincent de Paul stores in Los Angeles (210 N. Avenue 21, 90031 / 323-224-6280), Long Beach (2750 Pacific Coast Hwy, 90804 / 562-494-9955) or Oxnard (1258 Saviers Road, 93033 / 805-487-1500). Not only will you $ave BIG, but store revenue will help local families and individuals in need through the Society's charitable programs.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Student employees enjoy special lunch


Student employees from St. Vincent de Paul's Los Angeles store who are taking GED preparedness classes (including ESL) enjoyed a special lunch today with several members of the Society's leadership team.

This is a program being offered to employees who wish to enhance their future. The Society congratulates these hard-working individuals for their dedication and determination.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Help the Society improve the quality of life for local families and individuals in need


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul asks for your help this Sunday with donations of tax-deductible clothing, household goods, electronics and misc. items - as well as newspapers. Your donations will help families and individuals in need!

St. Vincent de Paul donation trucks will be at the below parishes from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. this Sunday, October 23. Feel free to drop off your donations during this time, better known as Bundle Sunday!

* Holy Family: 209 E. Lomita Ave., GLENDALE
* Holy Trinity: 209 N. Hanford Ave., SAN PEDRO
* Mary Star of the Sea: 870 W. 8th St., SAN PEDRO
* Old Mission Santa Ines: 1760 Mission Dr., SOLVANG
* St. Basil: 637 S. Kingsley Dr., LOS ANGELES
* St. Elizabeth: 1879 N. Lake Ave., ALTADENA
* St. Helen: 8912 Southgate Ave., SOUTH GATE

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

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Your donated Vehicle, Boat, Motorcycle or RV can help the Society improve lives


* Your donation of a vehicle, boat, motorcycle or RV to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles helps families and individuals in need in the counties of Los Angeles,Ventura and Santa Barbara.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

2nd Annual Black and White Dinner Dance Fundraiser benefits winter shelter in West Ventura County

The 2nd Annual 'A Home 4 Everyone' Black and White Dinner Dance Fundraiser was held on Saturday at the Oxnard Performing Arts & Convention Center.

Proceeds raised will benefit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's (SVdP) West Ventura County Emergency Winter Shelter. The event was organized by the Ventura Social Services Task Force, City of Oxnard Commission on Homelessness and SVdP.

The evening included silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing to the music of CHICO.

Oxnard Commissioner on Homelessness Peggy Rivera and her committee organized a first-class event. St. Vincent de Paul thanks everyone who served on the committee and attended the dinner. Your caring hearts will help countless individuals this winter!

Photos (top to bottom): SVdP President Claire Padama (l) and SVdP Deputy Executive Director David Garcia; (l-r) SVdP Ventura District President Ernie Morales and wife Becky & SVdP Executive Director David Fields and wife Eleanor; Audrey McLaughlin (r) receives a special award for her husband, Tom, site manager of the West Ventura County Winter Shelter. With Audrey is daughter Susan Wentz; The attendees enjoy a memorable event.




Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Spiritual Reflection

"A weathervane is not more subject to air currents than the mind of man to exterior agitations which draw him now to one thing, again to another. God permits this to test the good and to make them turn more strongly to him. Blessed are those who submit to his guidance, trusting his goodness and remaining peaceful amid these storms!"

~ St. Vincent de Paul


'Lord, in times of confusion, I thank you for being my rock of safety and the beacon leading me out of distress.'

Vincentian Services Department
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles

Monday, October 17, 2011

Santa Paula's Latino Town Hall to recognize Thomas and Rosalina Lugo


Congratulations to St. Vincent de Paul Vincentians' Thomas and Rosalina Lugo for this recent honor. Below, please find an article that appeared in the Ventura County Star.

By James Zoltak
Ventura County Star


They've been called angels for charitable work that has helped hundreds of struggling Santa Paula families, but Thomas and Rosalina Lugo frown when they hear such praise.

Volunteers for the past 12 years with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul/St. Sebastian Conference, the Lugos say they're just two of many who help provide impoverished families with food, money and furniture.

"We're a team. That's the whole thing," said Rosalina Lugo, 65, a retired radiology technician. "It's not just Thomas and me."

The Lugos' sense of modesty will be tested Sept. 9 when they receive the Santa Paula Latino Town Hall's highest honor, the Raymond Garcia Humanitarian Award, at the group's 15th annual awards dinner at the La Casa Del Mexicano Hall.

"I don't like receiving awards. It's not my thing," said Rosalina Lugo.

The only rewards they seek are the smiles of those they have helped, said Thomas Lugo, 69, a retired concrete company employee.

Saying the slow economy has magnified the misery for those out of work or just not earning enough to pay for necessities, he recalled a couple whose four children were placed into foster care after school officials found out the family was living in a van. The Lugos heard of their plight, helped the parents find subsidized housing and some furniture and the family was reunited.

Sometimes, when delivering food, or a refrigerator, they will count the children and the number of beds in a home and ask where the little ones sleep. Too often, Thomas Lugo said, the answer is the couch or the floor.

Within days, the Lugos are back with new beds secured from Catholic Charities.

Upon getting her new bed, one little girl asked if they could bring a dresser, too. When the Lugos showed up with one, she asked them to come back for Christmas.

"You bring good stuff," she told them.

"Before, we had mostly older people (seeking help)," Thomas Lugo said. "Now you see people of all ages."

Parents of three grown children with four grandkids, the Lugos work every Thursday afternoon in a pantry behind St. Sebastian's Catholic Church, handing out bags of rice and beans, canned goods, diapers and toiletries.

Thomas Lugo picks up the food, provided by federal agencies through FOOD Share, the county food bank, and hauls them to the church in a trailer hooked to his pickup.

Lately, the Lugos have been helping to feed 270 families a week. In the winter months, the number swells past 400. The society also assists with paying rent and utilities, using money donated by parishioners or through grants.

"I've known them for about 30 years," said Laura Espinosa, who wrote up a biography of the Lugos after St. Sebastian's Deacon Art Guilin decided to nominate them for the Garcia award. "They are totally supportive of the effort to feed the hungry of Santa Paula."

"They are the stars," fellow parishioner Robert Bagdazian said as he helped the Lugos make breakfast burritos at a fundraiser for the church's Eagle Scouts on a recent Sunday. "They should win it every year."

Other Latino Town Hall Awards honorees are La Michoacana Bakery owner Ruben Suarez in the business category; Patricia Gomez in the youth category; Santa Paula Union High School District Superintendent David Gomez in the education category; Many Meals volunteer Rudy Jimenez for community service; youth sports volunteer coach Phil Rodriguez in the sports category; and Silvia Huerta in the cultural arts category.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Help the Society improve the quality of life for local families and individuals in need


This Sunday, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul asks for your help with donations of tax-deductible clothing, household goods, electronics and misc. items - as well as newspapers. Your donations help families and individuals in need!

St. Vincent de Paul donation trucks will be at the below parishes from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. this Sunday, October 16. Feel free to drop off your donations during this time, better known as Bundle Sunday!

* Our Lady of Grace: 5011 White Oak Ave., ENCINO
* St. Bruno: 15740 Citrustree Rd., WHITTIER
* St. Madeleine : 931 E. Kingsley., POMONA
* St. Maria Goretti: 3954 Palo Verde Ave., LONG BEACH
* St. Raymond: 12348 Paramount Blvd., DOWNEY

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

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Councilmember Ed P. Reyes dedicates Society's Historical Sign




Councilmember Ed P. Reyes of the First Council District officially dedicated the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles' historical designation sign today at St. Vincent de Paul's office/store in Los Angeles.

Councilmember Reyes spoke about growing up in the neighborhood and thanked the Society for its various programs to help those in need.

Father Pedro Villarroya, C.M., Council spiritual advisor, blessed the Society's new sign. St. Vincent de Paul President Claire Padama and Executive Director David Fields also said a few words and thanked Councilmember Reyes for his support of the Society's local outreach.

The Society's Council of Los Angeles, which serves the counties of L.A., Ventura and Santa Barbara, has been a presence in Southern California since 1908.

Photos (top-bottom): Society Executive Director David Fields welcomes everyone to the sign ceremony; Councilmember Ed P. Reyes says a few words before dedicating the sign; Photo time around the Society's new historical designation sign.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

St. Vincent de Paul participates in 5th Annual Sharing Festival at Young Nak Church of Los Angeles















The Society of St. Vincent de Paul made a lot of new friends last weekend with its community booth at the 5th Annual Sharing Festival at Young Nak Church of Los Angeles.

Society staff members distributed St. Vincent de Paul bags, cups, pens, magnets and various publications to many individuals who attended this special event. The event included food, community booths, rides, games and entertainment.

Thank you Young Nak for allowing the Society to place a booth at your festival. Everyone had a great time.

Photos (l-r): Society Director of Marketing and Development Nancy Davis speaks to a guest visiting St. Vincent de Paul's booth; Tony Terrazas, director of the Society's store operation, hands out a St. Vincent de Paul bag full of goodies.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Society receives special award from Catholic Charities


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles was honored on October 7 by Most Reverend Oscar A. Solis, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and Catholic Charities, San Pedro Pastoral Region, for its outstanding service to the poor and vulnerable of our community.

Society President Claire Padama and Society Executive Director David Fields accepted the award from Bishop Solis, while Padama gave a short PowerPoint presentation about St. Vincent de Paul's local outreach.

The special event - An Evening with Angels - was held at The Reef on the Water in Long Beach and included a silent auction, photos with Bishop Solis, entertainment and dinner. Anna Totta, regional director of Catholic Charities, introduced the Society.

Thank you Catholic Charities for the generous recognition. With God's grace, both St. Vincent de Paul and Catholic Charities will continue to help improve the quality of life for families and individuals in need.

Photo: Bishop Solis (r) shakes David Fields hand as Claire Padama looks on during the award presentation.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Donate your usable clutter to St. Vincent de Paul this Sunday


Do you have clutter that is usable and can help people in need during this difficult economy? This Sunday, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul asks for your help with donations of tax-deductible clothing, household goods, electronics and misc. items - as well as newspapers.

St. Vincent de Paul donation trucks will be at the below parishes from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. this Sunday, October 9. Feel free to drop off your donations during this time, better known as Bundle Sunday!

* St. John Baptist De La Salle: 10738 Hayvenhurst, GRANADA HILLS
* St. Bede: 215 Foothill Blvd., LA CANADA
* Ascension: 517 W. 112th St., LOS ANGELES
* Our Lady of Refuge: 5195 Stearns St., LONG BEACH
* St. Luke: 5605 Cloverly Ave., TEMPLE CITY
* St. Elizabeth: 6635 Tobias Ave., VAN NUYS

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

Thursday, October 6, 2011

This Halloween, Shop St. Vincent de Paul Stores for Low Cost Costumes and Decorations



This Halloween, visit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's stores in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oxnard for all your low cost costumes and decorations.

Why pay expensive retail prices when you can bargain shop for your favorite Halloween accessories and help others at the same time. Store revenue benefits the Society's local charitable programs to help children and families in need.

The Society's stores are open seven days a week. Directions for all three stores can be find on the right column of this blog.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Volunteers still needed in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties to help those in need


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul held a 'Volunteer Recruitment Fair' on Saturday, attracting new volunteers to help carry on the Society's outreach in the counties of Los Angeles,Ventura and Santa Barbara.

Additional volunteers, 18 years and older, are needed, though, in a region still hurting from a difficult economy - the worst since the Great Depression.

Won't you please help the Society help others? Assistance is needed at the Society's three thrift stores in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oxnard. Mentors are also needed at St. Vincent de Paul's Cardinal Manning Center (shelter) in downtown Los Angeles.

To volunteer, or for more information, please contact the Society’s Human Resources Department at 323-224-6286 or via email at nsinclair@svdpla.org.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Father Pedro Villarroya, C.M. blesses expanded office area


With the addition of four new offices and two small conference rooms, Father Pedro Villarroya, C.M., Council spiritual advisor, blessed the Council's new office area.

Prior to the blessing, he prayed that the expanded office area would serve as a beginning for many families and individuals seeking assistance during this difficult economy.

Please keep the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles in your prayers as it continues to reach out to a hurting region.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Your tax-deductible donations are needed this Sunday


As the calendar rolls into Fall, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul asks for your help this Sunday with donations of tax-deductible usable clothing, household goods, electronics and misc. items - as well as newspapers.

St. Vincent de Paul donation trucks will be at the below parishes from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. this Sunday, October 2. Feel free to drop off your donations during this time, better known as Bundle Sunday!

* Sacred Heart: 2989 N. Lincoln Ave., ALTADENA
* Our Lady of Perpetual Help: 10727 S. Downey Ave., DOWNEY
* St. Joseph: 11901 Acacia Ave., HAWTHORNE
* St. Mariana De Paredes: 7922 Passons Blvd., PICO RIVERA
* Santa Rosa: 668 S. Workman, SAN FERNANDO

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

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