Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring Clothing Drive - April 19

Circle V Ranch Camp & Retreat Center names new director

Juan Arambul has been named the new program and development director at Circle V Ranch Camp & Retreat Center. He's the first person to hold that position full time, said Camp Director Ray Lopez. Arambul joined Circle V staff in 2010 as a summer camp counselor and served as Assistant Camp Director starting full time in June 2014.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Free Shoes from Shoe Palace

It’s hard to go to school if you don’t have shoes.  Many families in Los Angeles have to choose between food and footwear. In response, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles; the Shoe Palace shoe chain and Converse  gave away 84 pairs of new Converse Chuck Taylor shoes to Los Angeles children Saturday, March 7, 2015.
“We see a lot of families here at St. Vincent de Paul who are in desperate need of shoes,” said St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles Council Executive Director David Fields, “Something that most of us take for granted.  It’s wonderful that Shoe Palace is willing to help out kids in this way.”
Shoe Palace Marketing Manager Lacey Flynn was present at the event, and moved by the needs of so many children: “Shoe Palace is grateful for the opportunity to work with St. Vincent de Paul and be able to have an outreach to local youth. Shoe Palace is a growing company but we are still a family-owned and operated, so we are always conscious of the impact in the communities we become a part of and we strive to affect these communities in a positive way.” 
As a part of the Converse “Made By You” campaign children were encouraged on March seventh to decorate their new Converse Chucks with markers, paint and embellishments.  
One little girl said she would decorate her shoes with hearts and flowers. “The hearts stand for how much I love Converse,” she grinned. A boy beamed at his new shoes and said simply, “I love them.  Thank you for them.” 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

de Lang’s Serve at CMC

Husband and wife team Gordon de Lang of East West Bank (third from  left in photo) and R-Lene Mijares de Lang of Mijares Mexican Restaurant in Pasadena (far right in photo) served lunch to the residents of the Cardinal Manning Center on Skid Row last week.  Two pairs of new socks were given to each of the lunch’s recipients.  The socks were courtesy of the students and staff of Saints Felicitas and Perpetua Catholic School in San Marino.  SVdPLA Executive Director David Fields (far left in photo) personally distributed socks to the CMC’s happy recipients.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Mark Mariscal Retires from Rec & Parks

Mark Mariscal, a board member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles was thrown a retirement party yesterday after 34 years with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.  Congratulations Mark!

Saints Felicitas and Perpetua Sock Hop

Saints Felicitas and Perpetua School in San Marino held a Sock Hop dance for their students, who got to dress in 50’s attire.  Entry was a pair of socks to be donated to the homeless.  The students gathered 300 pairs of socks and donated them to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  Many of the socks were given away today to homeless man at the Society’s Cardinal Manning Center on skid row in Los Angeles.

Thank you Saints Felicitas  and Perpetua staff, students and parents!