Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Jouni’s Kitchen & SVdP's St. Joseph Conference serve 14th Annual Community Thanksgiving Day Meal





Jouni’s Kitchen of San Bernardino and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Joseph Conference in Pomona served their 14th annual Community Thanksgiving Day meal last Thursday.

Henry Cabrera, president of the Society’s St. Joseph Conference, a group of ‘Vincentian’ volunteers who help improve the lives of local children and families throughout the year, said 600 meals were enjoyed. Children from St. Joseph's School served the meals to the diners, while others drew special Thanksgiving place mats.

Jouni, a parishioner at St. Joseph Church and a member of St. Joseph’s American Arab Catholic Community (AACC), donated and cooked - with the help of volunteers - the hot delicious holiday meal. AACC and the Knights of Columbus, Council 877, also assisted with the feast.

Children from St. Joseph's School served the meals to the diners. Entertainment was provided by the Folorico Dancers, Western Connection Dance, Miguel & Brothers and Carlos & Isabel.

Individuals also received new blankets as they entered the hall.

Photos (top-bottom): A young mother feeds her son; A St. Joseph School student serves meals; Dancers entertain the diners; Jacob Jouni, owner of Jouni's Kitchen (l), and Henry Cabrera, president of the Society's St. Joseph Conference.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

SVdP's St. Ignatius of Loyola Conference to host Christmas Yard Sale


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's ST. IGNATIUS of LOYOLA Conference in Los Angeles will host a Christmas Yard Sale from 8 am to 2 pm on Saturday, December 3 at 625 N. Avenue 66, 90042.

Items for sale will include decorations and gifts.

Donations are still being accepted and greatly appreciated.

Information: 323-255-2668


Monday, November 28, 2011

SVdPLA to be recipient of CHiPS For Kids Holiday Toy Drive


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles is a proud recipient of the CBS2 'CHiPs For Kids Holiday Toy Drive.'

Make this Holiday Season magical for a less fortunate child or teen in our community. From November 25 through Christmas Eve bring a new, unwrapped toy to any California Highway Patrol office or to one of the drop-off locations below:

All CHP Area Offices: Los Angeles, Orange County, and Inland Empire

Mattel Toy Stores

Walgreens Pharmacies

Citizens Business Bank Arena

Schaefer Ambulance Service

Cardenas Markets

The Little Gym

MetroPCS 15 Corporate Locations)

Red Robin

M’s Flowers

John Force Holiday Car Show (December 4)

El Tepeyac City of Industry location)

Mall Locations:

~ Glendale Galleria / December 5-18 (First Level, next to Target)

~ Lakewood Center Mall / December 9-22 (First Level, next to Target)

~ The Shops at Montebello / December 1-20 (First Level, Next to JC Penney)

~ Westfield Topanga (First Level, next to Target)

~ Westfield Culver City Shopping Center (First Level, next to Target)

Friday, November 25, 2011

Tickets going fast for Catholic Comedy Night at the world-famous Laugh Factory


Be ready to laugh out loud on November 30 at the world-famous Laugh Factory in Hollywood. Help support the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's local outreach by purchasing your ticket to Catholic Comedy Night! This special event is highlighted by Fritz Coleman, comic and weatherman of KNBC 4 News. Tickets are only $25 each with a two drink minimum.

To place your order, go to www.catholiccomedy.eventbrite.com, or call 800-600-7111, ext. 230 or 213-674-4346, ext. 230. Please remember to mention St. Vincent de Paul when purchasing your tickets.

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TODAY - BLACK FRIDAY $ALE in L.A., LONG BEACH & OXNARD


TODAY...Black Friday $ale at St. Vincent de Paul stores in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oxnard. 50% off storewide savings (some exclusions apply) on already everyday LOW PRICES! Help yourself, Help others. Shop St. Vincent de Paul.

* LOS ANGELES - 210 N. Avenue 21, 90031 / 323-224-6280 / Hours: 8 am to 6 pm
* LONG BEACH - 2750 PCH, 90804 / 562-494-9955 / Hours: 8:30 am to 6:30 pm
* OXNARD - 1258 Saviers Rd., 93033 / 805-487-1500 / Hours: 6 am to 6 pm

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!



The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles wishes everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! Eat hearty and rest today because tomorrow, November 25, is the Society's HUGE Black Friday $ale at its stores in Los Angeles, Long Beach & Oxnard!

Help yourself. Help others. Shop St. Vincent de Paul.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Glamour & charitable work come together at SVdP Store in Los Angeles





Glamour and charitable work came together at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Thrift Store today when the Society's new 'Traveling Boutique' was introduced prior to the store's 1st Thanksgiving basket distribution.

Society President Claire Padama spoke about the fashion van - the first of its kind for a non-profit in Los Angeles - and how it will help further enhance the Society's visibility and work for the local homeless and disadvantaged. It was Claire's dream that St. Vincent de Paul have a fashion van.

Society Store Director Tony Terrazas, who designed the store turkey distribution, thanked AAA Rubbish, Inc. and Athens Services for sponsoring the holiday giveaway. More than 120 local families benefited from the distribution, as each received a turkey and all the fixings.

St. Vincent de Paul Deputy Executive Director David Garcia welcomed everyone and served as the emcee.

Photos (top-bottom): Society President Claire Padama introduces the Traveling Boutique; Standing near the new fashion van are (l-r): Society Store Director Tony Terrazas, Fashion Van Art Designer Mary Hickey, Society Deputy Executive Director David Garcia and Claire Padama; Holding a Thanksgiving basket is Tony Terrazas (l) alongside Donny Beal of AAA Rubbish; KCBS/KCAL TV News covers the special event.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Jouni’s Catering & SVdP’s St. Joseph Conference to serve 14th Annual Thanksgiving Day Meal


Jouni’s Catering of Upland and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Joseph Conference in Pomona invite the public to attend their 14th annual FREE Community Thanksgiving Day meal from 11 am to 2 pm, Thursday, November 24 at St. Joseph Church, 1150 W. Holt Avenue, Pomona.

Henry Cabrera, president of the Society’s St. Joseph Conference, a group of ‘Vincentian’ volunteers who help improve the lives of local children and families throughout the year, expects to serve 600 meals on Thanksgiving – a slight increase from last year.

Jouni, a parishioner at St. Joseph Church and a member of St. Joseph’s American Arab Catholic Community (AACC) said that he enjoys Thanksgiving because it allows he and his family to share this day with others. AACC and the Knights of Columbus, Council 877, will also assist with the feast.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Winter shelter manager reaches autumn of his life


~ Colleen Cason at ccason@VCStar.com

As the nights get cooler and Thanksgiving approaches, Tom McLaughlin's thoughts turn to the big meal.

He orders enough meat, potatoes, vegetables and biscuits to feed 100 or so guests. He makes sure public transit can transport them to the feed. He gets more than 100 blankets and towels laundered so guests can stay the night. He establishes a rapport with city officials, police and the National Guard, in case of trouble. And there is always trouble. He hires a service to clean up afterward.

This big meal is not Thanksgiving, although those who eat it may feel gratitude. Or not; McLaughlin is fine with it either way. This is the nightly dinner served to the homeless at the winter warming shelter, which will open Dec. 1 in the National Guard Armory in Ventura. The shelter, run by the nonprofit Society of Vincent de Paul, alternates each year between Oxnard and Ventura.

For the past nine Novembers, McLaughlin — the shelter manager — has devoted his life to making sure the refuge opens every night prepared to provide homeless men, women and children a safe, warm place to sleep until the shelter closes in March.

This year is different, though. This year, McLaughlin of Thousand Oaks is fighting for his life. Diagnosed with melanoma, he had surgery last fall. He later learned the disease had metastasized. Melanoma is among the worst of the bad actors in all cancer land after it spreads.

After a patient is diagnosed with Stage 3, the end usually comes quickly.

McLaughlin said he is not quite a Stage 3 patient; the cancer has not invaded his organs or bones.

An experimental drug shrank his tumors. But after his second treatment, he couldn't get out of bed, sleeping 22 hours a day.

McLaughlin quit taking the drug a few weeks ago and says he feels better now. When we talked last week, the father of eight looked younger than his 79 years.

McLaughlin admits he stopped the drug in part because it would have rendered him incapable of getting the shelter up and running this year.

His dedication is known to everyone who sees him at work.

"I have volunteered at the shelter and was so impressed at how he treated the clients with such dignity, humor and camaraderie," said Nora Howells, co-founder of the No Room at the Inn fundraiser for the homeless.

McLaughlin insists everyone who stays at the shelter be called a guest. He makes sure volunteers or staff serve them their dinner plates. No standing in a soup line for them.

He feeds the guests supersized meals and plans on their demolishing 10 ounces of potatoes each night. His wife of 56 years, Audrey, bakes cupcakes twice a week as a treat for the guests.

After his own hard-luck childhood, McLaughlin developed a heart for the down and out.

His pre-employment screening for the paid staff consists of this question, "If a nasty drunk is calling you obscene names and then vomits all over you, what would you do?"

If they answer anything but "clean it up," McLaughlin doesn't hire them.

"Tom is out there working among the lilies of the field, clothing the naked, the hungry and consoling the frightened and embracing the leper," said Jack McGee, who successfully nominated McLaughlin for the Jefferson Award for service in 2004.

McLaughlin is the king of understatement.

"It's not a healthy population," he said of the homeless who will stream into the armory this winter.

Some arrive with head lice, scabies, AIDS and MRSA, a vicious form of staph infection.

He lays in a supply of gloves for employees to delouse the guests or clean up their body fluids.

A retired scientist who worked for Hewlett-Packard when it was a startup, McLaughlin discovered he was effective in getting things done for the underprivileged. A deeply religious man, he considers it a sign he is doing what he should be.

This year, though, Audrey is not so sure. She wants him to go back on the treatments.

"Fatigue won't kill you. Melanoma will," she tells him.

McLaughlin does plan to turn over management of the shelter to his successor in mid-December.

Then, with his oncologist, he will decide if continuing the experimental treatment makes sense.

He changes the subject back to the shelter. Coffee. The shelter needs someone to donate coffee, sugar and creamer. To McLaughlin, it just won't do to have guests and not offer them their morning Cup Of Joe.

Star file photo: Tom McLaughlin of Thousand Oaks sets up some burners to heat up some chili at the Winter Warming Shelter at the Ventura Armory in 2008.

Friday, November 18, 2011

BLACK FRIDAY $ALE, Nov. 25, at St. Vincent de Paul Stores in Los Angeles, Long Beach & Oxnard


Has the economy got you down? Are you concerned about purchasing Christmas gifts? Join the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's BLACK FRIDAY $ALE on November 25 in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oxnard, where you'll enjoy 50% off storewide savings (some exclusions apply) on already everyday LOW PRICES! The Society is here to help you.

* LOS ANGELES - 210 N. Avenue 21, 90031 / 323-224-6280 / Hours: 8 am to 6 pm
* LONG BEACH - 2750 PCH, 90804 / 562-494-9955 / Hours: 8:30 am to 6:30 pm
* OXNARD - 1258 Saviers Rd., 93033 / 805-487-1500 / Hours: 6 am to 6 pm

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thanksgiving assistance needed by SVdP Volunteer Conferences in North Hollywood & Los Angeles


Society's St. Patrick Conference in North Hollywood

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Patrick Conference in North Hollywood is seeking the public's assistance with food donations and financial gifts for its Thanksgiving distribution to the local poor and homeless. Assistance is needed with the following:

Thanksgiving Baskets – Canned beans, canned fruit, canned tuna, canned green beans, pasta, cereal, fresh vegetables, coffee, cream and sugar are needed for 80 families. Donations accepted from 9 am to 8 pm until November 20 at 6153 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606.

In addition, financial gifts to purchase the needed food can be earmarked ‘2011 SVdP Thanksgiving’ and sent to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Patrick Conference at the above address.

For more information, please call 818-752-3240 and ask for St. Vincent de Paul.


Society's St. Bernadette Conference in Los Angeles

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Bernadette Conference in Los Angeles is seeking the public's assistance with food donations and financial gifts for its Thanksgiving basket distribution to the local poor.

Thanksgiving Baskets – Cranberry sauce, green beans, corn, chicken broth, evaporated milk and turkey gravy are needed for 100 families. Donations accepted from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday thru Friday, until November 21 at 3825 Don Felipe Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90008.

In addition, financial gifts to purchase the needed food can be earmarked ‘2011 SVdP Thanksgiving’ and sent to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Bernadette Conference at the above address.

For more information, please call 323-293-4877 and ask for St. Vincent de Paul.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Donate a vehicle & receive year-end tax savings!


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is on KFWB 980 AM Radio. Your tax-deductible donation of a vehicle can help many families in need. Click on flyer to enlarge.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

More Thanksgiving help requested by SVdP Volunteer Conferences


Society's St. Madeleine Conference in Pomona

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Madeleine Conference in Pomona is seeking the public's assistance with food donations and financial gifts for its Thanksgiving distribution to the local poor and homeless who have already signed up for the baskets. Assistance is needed with the following:

Thanksgiving Baskets – Canned food for 100 families. Donations accepted from 9 am to 4:30 pm until November 17.

Community Thanksgiving Meal – Rolls, Bread, Yams, Canned Vegetables, Gravy, Butter and Punch for 80 individuals. Donations accepted from 9 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, in the parish office (and) from 7:30 am to 5 pm on Sunday in the parish hall until November 22.

In addition, financial gifts to purchase the needed food can be earmarked ‘2011 SVdP Thanksgiving’ and sent to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Madeleine Conference, 931 E. Kingsley Ave., Pomona, CA 91767.

For more information, please call 909-865-4433.


Society's Nativity Conference in Los Angeles

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Nativity Conference in Los Angeles is seeking the public's assistance with food donations and financial gifts for its Thanksgiving basket distribution to the local poor who have already signed up for the baskets.

Items sought include frozen turkeys and canned food for 40 families. Donations can be delivered from 9 am to 5 pm until November 18 to Nativity Church, 937 W. 57th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90037.

In addition, financial gifts to purchase the needed food can be earmarked ‘2011 SVdP Thanksgiving’ and sent to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Nativity Conference at the above address.

For more information, please call 323-750-0534.

Monday, November 14, 2011

SVdP's St. Brigid Conference in Los Angeles seeks Thanksgiving donations


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Brigid Conference in Los Angeles is seeking the public's assistance with food donations and financial gifts for its Thanksgiving distribution to the local poor and homeless. Assistance is needed with the following:

Thanksgiving Baskets – Gift cards from Ralphs or Food 4 Less and frozen turkeys for 200 families. Donations accepted from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, until November 18.

Community Thanksgiving Day Meal – Frozen turkeys and hams, yams and all the fixings for 250 individuals. Donations accepted from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, until November 22.

In addition, financial gifts to purchase the needed food can be earmarked ‘2011 SVdP Thanksgiving’ and sent to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Brigid Conference, 5214 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90062.

For more information, please call 323-292-0781 and ask for St. Vincent de Paul.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Make your tax-deductible donations count this Sunday, November 13


This Sunday, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul seeks your 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, November 13. Feel free to drop off your donations during this time, which is known as Bundle Sunday!

* American Martyrs: 624 15th St., MANHATTAN BEACH
* Our Lady of Perpetual Help: 23233 Lyons Ave., SANTA CLARITA
* Sacred Heart: 10800 Henderson Rd., VENTURA
* St. Cyprian: 4714 Clark Ave., LONG BEACH
* St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: 1835 Larkvane Rd., ROWLAND HEIGHTS
* St. Marcellinus: 2349 Strong Ave., CITY OF COMMERCE
* St. Jerome: 5550 Thornburn St., LOS ANGELES

* Note - Large items of furniture, appliances and vehicles can be donated by calling 323-224-6280 or 800-974-3571.

Friday, November 11, 2011

We salute our Veterans on this special day


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles THANKS all our VETERANS for their service and sacrifice! The Society's base of veterans who serve as 'Vincentian' volunteers to help the less fortunate are very special and dear to St. Vincent de Paul.

May God bless each and everyone of you!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

BLACK FRIDAY $ALE at St. Vincent de Paul Stores in Los Angeles, Long Beach & Oxnard


Has the economy got you down? Are you concerned about purchasing Christmas gifts? Join the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's BLACK FRIDAY $ALE on November 25 in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oxnard, where you'll enjoy 50% off storewide savings (some exclusions apply) on already everyday LOW PRICES! The Society is here to help you.

* LOS ANGELES - 210 N. Avenue 21, 90031 / 323-224-6280 / Hours: 8 am to 6 pm
* LONG BEACH - 2750 PCH, 90804 / 562-494-9955 / Hours: 8:30 am to 6:30 pm
* OXNARD - 1258 Saviers Rd., 93033 / 805-487-1500 / Hours: 6 am to 6 pm

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tickets going fast for Catholic Comedy Night at the world-famous Laugh Factory


Help support the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's local outreach. How? Purchase tickets for this tremendous comedy event. Hurry, though. Tickets are going fast! This event is highlighted by Fritz Coleman, comic and weatherman of KNBC 4 News. There is a two drink minimum.

* Click on flyer to enlarge

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Happy Birthday to SVdPLA President Claire Padama


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's staff and close to 2,000 'Vincentian' volunteers from the Council of Los Angeles join together to wish our president, Claire Padama, a very happy birthday! Yesterday, Claire was thrown a surprise birthday party at the Society's main office in Los Angeles.

Enjoy your day, Mrs. President!

Photo: Claire Padama blows out her birthday candle - shaped in a question mark (ha).

Monday, November 7, 2011

St. Vincent de Paul's St. Ignatius Conference to sponsor MOVIE NIGHT on November 12!


Proceeds to benefit the local outreach of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's St. Ignatius Conference. Help Us Help Others! *Click on flyer to enlarge.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Your donations this Sunday can help MANY families in bad economy


This Sunday, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul seeks your assistance 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, November 6. Feel free to drop off your donations during this time, which is known as Bundle Sunday!

* Holy Family: 18708 Clarkdale Ave., ARTESIA
* Holy Family: 1527 Fremont Ave., SOUTH PASADENA
* Good Shepherd: 505 N. Bedford Dr., BEVERLY HILLS
* St. Frances of Rome: 501 E. Foothill Blvd., AZUSA
* St. James: 415 Vincent St., REDONDO BEACH
* St. John the Evangelist: 6028 S. Victoria Ave., LOS ANGELES
* St. John of God: 13819 S. Pioneer Blvd., NORWALK

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

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Support Catholic Comedy Night at the world-famous Laugh Factory


Help support the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's local outreach. How? Purchase tickets for this tremendous comedy event and you will do just that. This event is highlighted by Fritz Coleman, comic and weatherman of KNBC 4 News. There is a two drink minimum.
* Click on flyer to enlarge

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Happy Birthday David Garcia!


From the staff to the close to 2,000 dedicated 'Vincentian' volunteers in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles, we want to wish Society Deputy Executive Director David Garcia a very HAPPY birthday!

Enjoy your day, David!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

St. Vincent de Paul on KFWB 980 Radio


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is on KFWB 980 Radio. Your tax-deductible donation of a vehicle can help many families in need. Click on flyer to enlarge.

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