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OMGC CAROLS IN THE SEASON

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Photo: Nursing home patients enjoyed Christmas Carols from the Vincentians of Our Mother of Good Counsel Conference in Los Angeles.

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM SVDPLA STAFF!

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GAMBLING TO RAISE SOCIETY FUNDS

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FROM HOMELESS TO THE DISNEY HALL

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Many of us would be excited to go to the Walt Disney Concert Hall but for those recently homeless such an evening was a great surprise. Ex-homeless men living at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles' Cardinal Manning Center (CMC) on Skid Row, alumni of the center with their own apartments and a family living at St. Vincent de Paul Family Housing, plus Society staff went by limousine December 10, 2013 to the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles to see the Blind Boys of Alabama perform.

The concert was the gift of an anonymous donor, facilitated by the Society's senior director of advancement Barbara Gunning, who also secured the limousine. For most who made the trip, it was their first time at the hall and first hearing the Blind Boys sing gospel and Christmas songs. Participants in the evening were very excited. CMC case manager Hannah Petcovic said, "I was really impressed when I came downstairs at the center and everyone was all dressed up."…

SOCIETY IN LINCOLN HEIGHTS HOLIDAY PARADE

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Photo: Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles' Deputy Executive Director David Garcia at the wheel of the Society's rented Mustang convertible with Society board president Claire Padama and executive director David Fields waving to the crowds at the Lincoln Heights 10th Annual Holiday Parade and Festival Sunday, December 8, 2013. Garcia is also a member of the board of directors for the Lincoln Heights Chamber of Commerce. Society "elves" handed out candy canes to the many spectators on North Broadway in Lincoln Heights.

SOCIETY IN HIGHLAND PARK CHRISTMAS PARADE

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Photo: Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles' Board President Claire Padama and deputy executive director Susana Santana in the Highland Park Christmas Parade Dec. 1, 2013.

OMGC THANKSGIVING FOOD TO THE NEEDY

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Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles' Our Mother of Good Counsel Conference in Los Angeles gave Thanksgiving dinner fixings to the needy Saturday, November 23, 2013. Society Board President and OMGC Vincentian Claire Padama said, "We gave more baskets this year than usual because of the economy. It was 80 before, this year 105." Padama said recipients received turkey or ham, pasta, rice and beans, canned goods and food scrip among other items.

Photo: OMGC Vincentians Penny and Harry.