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Local groups discuss year-round homeless shelter

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Please view the below story, which recently appeared in the Ventura County Star.


By Mark Storer
Ventura County Star

A day after the annual homeless count in Ventura County, officials from several agencies met to discuss king the winter warming shelter at the National Guard armory in Ventura a year-round facility.

Dubbed "Gimmee Shelter," Wednesday's meeting was the second since last fall for the group looking to help end homelessness in the county. The meeting included representatives from the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Oxnard Commission on Housing and Ventura Social Services Task Force, volunteers and others.

"We've been running the shelter as a winter shelter since 2001," David Fields, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles council, said before leading a tour through the shelter. Guests gathered at Barber Volkswagen, which donated its showroom for the event. The showroom is just east of the armory.

"Times were good and we were busy even th…

Please remember the Society this week...

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As we begin another week...PLEASE help us help countless children, women and men in need during these tough economic times. Your usable donations of clothing, furniture, appliances, electronics, vehicles and more benefit MANY individuals through the Society's outreach programs. Our donation trucks will pick up your donations FREE. Call one of the two numbers on the above flyer today. Thank you.

Winter Shelter Tour Puts Face on Homelessness

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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul recently held a special tour called 'Gimme Shelter II' at the Ventura National Guard Armoury, site of the Society's emergency winter shelter in West Ventura County.

Individuals and prospective members of the Friends of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul visited the shelter to get a first-hands look at the day-to-day operation. The shelter is a safe haven for more than 100 individuals nightly during the winter. Following the visit, the group went next door to Barber Volkswagen where they spoke with community leaders.

David Fields, executive director of the Society, also spoke about St. Vincent de Paul's thoughts on additional programs to assist the homeless in the cities of Ventura and Oxnard.


Photos (top to bottom): Society staff set up cots for the evening; Marc Melinkovich, who helps oversee the winter shelter, talks to the group about the program; One of the meals being prepared for the homeless at the shelter; The group meets at Bar…

Trust your vehicle, motorcycle, boat or RV to the Society

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* Click on flyer to enlarge.

No middle-man here. We sell your used vehicle, boat, motorcycle or RV straight from our Los Angeles store at 210 N. Avenue 21, 90031. Your donation helps local families in need through the Society's charitable program. YOU receive a tax deduction and the great feeling of improving the lives of families in need. Call 323-224-6280 or 800-97-HELP-1. Please help us help others.

Gimme Shelter ll in Ventura is Tonight

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Circle V Ranch 'Wish List' for 2012 Summer Camp

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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Circle V Ranch Camp has a Wish List. Are there any individuals or businesses that can help fulfill the following wishes to enhance a child's experience at camp?

* ARCHERY EQUIPMENT (New bows, arrows & targets) - $2,500
* CRAFT SHACK SUPPLIES for CAMPERS (beads, lanyards, string, paper, pencils, markers, glue, etc.) - $2,000
* FLASHLIGHTS & BATTERIES (100 needed for children who don't have one) - $1,000
* MULE ELECTRIC CART/TRUCK (perhaps a used one from a local rancher) - $4,000
* MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS (drums & guitars) - $5,000
* SLEEPING BAGS (100 needed for children who don't have one) - $1,500
* TABLES (need Five 72" round and 8' sizes for Craft Shack & Dining Lodge) - $1,000

Information: 805-688-5252 or 323-224-6213.

Summer Camp will be here before you know it!

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Time seems to pass by quickly. Before you know it summer will be here. And you know what that means! Summer Camp for children, ages 7-13, at the Society's Circle V Ranch Camp in beautiful Santa Barbara!

For more information, call 805-688-5252 or 323-224-6213. Click on flyer to enlarge.

FINAL WEEK: Food 4 Less 'Bringing Hope to the Table' campaign. Please support, as Society is a recipient.

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Food 4 Less, the nation’s largest price-impact supermarket chain, invites customers to help support local food banks and families in need through a special fund-raising campaign that kicked off November 6. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles is a recipient of this collection drive.

Food 4 Less and Foods Co customers and team members can support food banks in their community through the supermarket chain’s nonprofit arm, The Food 4 Less/Foods Co Fund, by donating their spare change in collection canisters located at the checkstands in Food 4 Less stores in Southern California, southern Nevada and greater Chicago, and at Foods Co supermarkets in Central and Northern California. The fundraising campaign will run from November 6, 2011 through January 28, 2012. Monies collected will be donated to food banks and hunger relief organizations in the communities served by Food 4 Less and Foods Co in California, southern Nevada, and the greater Chicago area.

“Food 4 Le…

Circle V Ranch Camp available for group rentals

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Is your group seeking a location for a retreat? Consider the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's CIRCLE V RANCH CAMP in beautiful Santa Barbara. Click on flyer to enlarge and view information...

Gimme Shelter ll coming soon to Ventura

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Society seeks churches and businesses for donation drop boxes

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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 and business location clean) by having a Society donation box at your church. Each box is 6-feet-high, 4' wide and 4' deep, and benefits many people in need!

Our trucks will pick up ALL donations on a regular basis, and you'll feel good knowing that YOU helped make a difference for the local undeserved. 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.

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. and his wish for equality for all people! Happy MLK Day!

The Society's three thrift stores in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oxnard will be open during regular business hours today, January 16. Store revenue helps all people in need through the Society's various charitable programs. PLUS...YOU save big bucks on clothing and household items you need most.

Help Yourself. Help Others. Shop St. Vincent de Paul.

Society helps family on Animal Planet's 'Pit Bulls and Parolees'

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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles was seen nationally on Animal Planet's 'Pit Bulls and Parolees' last weekend helping a family whose home was destroyed by a fire.

The family, who had to temporarily give up their pit bull to the tv show's featured family and the ranch they operate for parolees and abandoned pit bulls, lost their household items and another pet to the devastating fire.

Upon finding a new apartment in Long Beach that would allow pit bulls, the family and the pet were reunited. Due to finances, though, the family lacked household furnishings. The Society helped with that need, including a gift-wrapped bone for the dog.

This is just one example of how the Society helps those in need throughout the year - every year. No Act of Charity is Foreign to the Society.

Photos (t-b): David Fields, executive director of the Society's Council of Los Angeles, holds the bone that will be given to the family's pit bull; David Fields…

NOW picking up your tax-deductible household items and vehicles in ORANGE COUNTY. Please call today!

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We are now picking up YOUR usable clothing, household goods and vehicles in Orange County. PLEASE call 800-974-3571 today to have your TAX-DEDUCTIBLE items picked up for FREE.

It may be a new year, but the needs are still great for MANY local families

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The calendar year may now read 2012, but NEED knows no year! Please help us help others. Your tax-deductible usable household items, clothing and vehicles WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE for those in need RIGHT NOW! When YOU donate to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul YOU are helping the local economy! PLEASE call one of the (above) numbers TODAY. Thank you.

Words of wisdom from St. Vincent de Paul

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"Envy begins to appear here regarding the employment you expected. Charity, humility and patience will dispel this cloud, I hope."

- St. Vincent de Paul


Whenever I am overlooked or disregarded, Lord, keep me from all thoughts of self-pity or regret. Your love will preserve me in peace.

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

We're Back.....

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The Society has a billboard up again at the corner of Broadway, 18th and Spring Streets just west of the 5 freeway in Los Angeles. Located at a busy stop signal, countless drivers see the sign on a daily basis.

As the sign reads: HELP YOURSELF with everyday low prices on clothing and household items you need most. HELP OTHERS when you shop, as the store revenue benefits the Society's local charitable programs. SHOPSt. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store. Named 'Best Giant Thrift Store' in L.A. for 2010 by LA Weekly! Experience the shopping adventure for yourself at St. Vincent de Paul TODAY!

PLEASE SUPPORT: Food 4 Less 'Bringing Hope to the Table' campaign. Society is a recipient!

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Food 4 Less, the nation’s largest price-impact supermarket chain, invites customers to help support local food banks and families in need through a special fund-raising campaign that kicked off November 6. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles is a recipient of this collection drive.

Food 4 Less and Foods Co customers and team members can support food banks in their community through the supermarket chain’s nonprofit arm, The Food 4 Less/Foods Co Fund, by donating their spare change in collection canisters located at the checkstands in Food 4 Less stores in Southern California, southern Nevada and greater Chicago, and at Foods Co supermarkets in Central and Northern California. The fundraising campaign will run from November 6, 2011 through January 28, 2012. Monies collected will be donated to food banks and hunger relief organizations in the communities served by Food 4 Less and Foods Co in California, southern Nevada, and the greater Chicago area.

“Food 4 Le…

We are NOW picking up YOUR TAX-Deductible household items and vehicles in ORANGE COUNTY. Please call today!

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We are now picking up usable household items and vehicles in Orange County. Call TODAY at 800-974-3571 to have your TAX-DEDUCTIBLE items picked up for FREE.

Today is the Feast Day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

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"Live simply so that all may simply live"

~ St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Speech given in the Diocese of Baltimore)

Hello everyone:

Today, January 4, is the Feast Day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, founder of the Sisters of Charity, whose rule is based upon that of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, and who was the first native-born citizen of the U.S. to be canonized as a saint. Details of her interesting life, from a young woman born and raised in a devout, well-to-do Episcopalian family, to her loving marriage, life as a widow and devoted mother, to her conversion to Catholicism and formation as a Vincentian, may be found by visiting the Vincentian Family web site’s VincentWiki page at http://famvin.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Ann_Seton.

Also check out the famvin website at http://vinformation.famvin.org/resources-for-st-elizabeth-ann-setons-feast-day/, which features links to a graphical presentation key moments on the development of her legacy, music in the life of Mother Set…

Society's young people help ring in new year at Cardinal Manning Center

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Thanks to St. Vincent de Paul's Cal State LA-John Paul II Conference (East LA), Our Lady of the Rosary of Talpa Young Adult Conference (Boyle Heights) and Whittier High School for decorating, serving dinner and having a "New Year's countdown" and singing Auld Lang Syne to individuals at the Society's Cardinal Manning Center (shelter) in downtown LA on December 31.

Special kudos to Larry Ballesteros, president of the Cal State LA-John Paul II Conference, for organizing the event; Annette and Luis Lopez, vice president and spiritual advisor, respectively, of Our Lady of the Rosary of Talpa Young Adult Conference, for their contributions; and Joan Sotiros, director of the Cardinal Manning Center, for the tamales.

I feel humbled by the young 'Vincentians' volunteers and their good cheer and generosity, and blessed to end the year with them.

To find out how your young people can help others through the Society's Council of Los Angeles, which serves the count…

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Please help us help others as we enter a new year. Check out our new cable television spot.

Happy 2012 Everyone!

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Many blessings to you in 2012 from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles!