Thursday, October 29, 2015

Shop St. Vinney's for Halloween

Find a huge selection of workable Halloween costume pieces at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store! 




Shop at SVdP of Los Angeles and not only will you rock your Halloween costume, preserve the environment and save money, but every dollar you spend at SVdPLA goes directly to someone in need. Every vintage dress and zombie costume you purchase will provide shelter, food or clothing for men, women and children throughout Los Angeles. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

"Even though you are unaware of it, Our Lord will not fail to sanctify you
if you remain faithful to him."
– St. Vincent de Paul


“Aunque estés desapercibido de ello, Nuestro Señor no dejará de santificarte
si te mantienes fiel a él.”

- St. Vincent de Paul


Keep me faithful to you today, Lord,
in everything I do, think, or say.

Mantenme fiel a ti hoy, Señor,
en todo lo que hago, pienso, y digo.


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

SVdPLA - The best place for Halloween costumes





#svdpla #stvincentstore #halloween #halloweencostumes #halloweendiy #spooky #costumes #costume #halloween2015 #trickortreat #halloweentime #halloweenfall #halloweenfun #halloweendecorations #halloweensale #halloweendiscounts

Welcome Alfred Rodriguez - General Operations Director


SVdPLA has a brand new General Operations Director for the Los Angeles and Long Beach thrift stores! The Society is pleased to welcome Alfred Rodriquez to our team.  His first day was Monday, October 26.  He showed up attired in the St. Vincent de Paul polo shirt, ready to dig in!

Alfred comes to us with 28 years of experience in various retail establishments. He served as General Manager of Operations for AutoZone in Gardena, managing 72 employees and a fleet of 28 trucks. He was a member of AutoZone’s President’s Club which is composed of the top 5% highest performing managers in the nation.
Prior to AutoZone, he worked as Executive Team Leader of Operations for Target Corporation for 5 years, General Retail Manager of Party City for 4 years and General Retail Manager of Toys ”R” Us for 10 years.  

His broad experience and proven track record in retail management make him a prime choice for our new General Operations Director for our thrift stores.

A dedicated family man who collects vintage bicycles as a hobby, Alfred rounds out the new face of the St. Vincent de Paul Leadership Team.

St. Vinney's in L.A. Weekly

Click here to read more:
http://www.laweekly.com/news/heres-where-you-should-shop-for-your-halloween-costume-6209675

Monday, October 26, 2015

SVdPLA’s Halloween Costumes on KCAL9


"It is from your hands that Our Lord in the person of the sick seeks relief."
- St. Vincent de Paul

“Es de tus manos que Nuestro Señor, en la persona de un enfermo, busca consuelo.”
-San Vicente de Paul

Lord, help me to make time today to serve you in those
who are most in need of encouragement or assistance.

Señor, ayúdame a darme el tiempo hoy, para servirte en aquellos
Quienes están más necesitados de apoyo o asistencia.


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





Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Homeless to Hopeful


Tyrone slept under the Los Angeles Sixth Street Bridge and its environs for nearly 20 years. “It was dangerous down there, with murders and drug addicts, but less dangerous than Skid Row. I slept side by side with my nephew, and we covered each other’s backs,” he said. Tyrone’s daughter traveled all the way from Pittsburg to find him lying on the sidewalk near the bridge. This prompted Tyrone to rejoin humanity after years of drug and alcohol addiction. He came to live at the Society’s Cardinal Manning Center (CMC) on Skid Row, and quit his drug and alcohol addictions. The CMC staff helped him find housing. He now has his own cozy apartment and has been sober for nine years. He acts as a mentor for other men at the CMC as well as many others in the AA group Tyrone leads. “When you live on the streets it becomes normal to you,” he said. “But I was open to seeing a new way of living.” 

Have You Entered The Menswear Contest Yet?




Fresh Lids at @stvincentstore! Have you entered the contest yet!? Pick out a good menswear outfit and shoot it at their store and use the #stvinnythriftlover hashtag when you post it. You could win $125 in prizes.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

"We must never be surprised when those upon whom we relied fail us;
it is then that God steps in to do his work."
- St. Vincent de Paul

“Nunca debemos sorprendernos cuando aquellos en quien confiábamos nos fallan;
entonces es cuando Dios viene y hace su trabajo.”
-San Vicente de Paul

Lord, when those in whom I trust fail me and all seems lost,
teach me to forgive from my heart.
Be my strength at those difficult times.

Señor, cuando aquellos en quien yo confío me fallan y todo parece estar perdido,
enséñame a perdonar desde mi corazón.
Sé mi fortaleza en esos momentos difíciles.

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

Monday, October 19, 2015


Enter to win $125 gift certificate!
To enter the contest: stop by the store, lay out a unique menswear outfit, and upload the photo you take to your Facebook with the contest hashtag‪#‎stvinnythriftlover‬

Seen in Store - Menswear Challenge Entries 10/19/15





Some menswear attire found here! Thank you for your participation in our styling contest Zachary V., Ruby R., Jesse A. and William S.! 

#stvinnythriftlover #svdpla #thriftlover

A Halloween segment modeling the Top 5 Eco-Friendly & Affordable Costumes That Give Back!


It’s time to scare up a cool and creative Halloween costume that sparks conversation, is kind to the earth and good to your wallet. Tune in as local news checks out offerings from one of LA’s premier Halloween haunts, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Los AngelesAiring on 10/24 @ 7:15 am, KCAL9.


SVdPLA in The Tidings


source: Shutterstock.com

On Sept. 22, St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles and the Catholic Schools Collaborative presented 44 low-income Catholic school children with backpacks loaded with school supplies.

Bruce Willison, dean emeritus of the UCLA Anderson School of Management and chair of the collaborative, spoke to the children on the importance of a Catholic education.

To learn more about St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles, please visit svdpla.org. For a free pickup of your donations, please call (800) 974-3571.

Backpacks given to low-income Catholic students

Friday, October 16, 2015

St. Vincent's Menswear Challenge!


"Without prayer, I should be of little service."
- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

“Sin oración, no seré de mucho servicio.”
-Santa Isabel Ana Seton

Before beginning my work, I will take a few moments
to reflect and listen to you speaking within me.

Antes de comenzar mi trabajo, tomaré unos momentos
para reflexionar y escucharte hablar dentro de mí.

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

SVdPLA in welikela.com


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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Lawry’s Prime Rib Serves Skid Row


Lawry’s the Prime Rib of Beverly Hills’ team served a popular and delicious prime rib lunch yesterday to residents and alumni of SVdPLA’s Cardinal Manning Center on Skid Row. Thank you Lawry’s!


St. Vinney's on Long Beach TV


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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Super Affordable & Fun Halloween Costumes

By Kerri Zane

The Donald

Disgust From Inside Out


Princess Leia

Halloween is two weeks away and I’m sure if your kids are like mine were finding the perfect costume has been top of mind since the first of October.  One of the best options I’ve found for coming up with costumes that are unique and satisfying is to “haunt” the aisles of your local thrift or consignment stores.
This year I visited the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles and found items that were perfect for these great Scream-Worthy Halloween Costumes.

Halloween:We have the largest selection of costumes and decorations! Don't pay full price on your Halloween costumes or home decorations this year!#svdpla #halloween2015 #halloweencostumes ##boo #spooky #witches #superheros #graduationgowns #batman #capes #hats #wigs #dogcostumes #pumpkins #crows #scarecrows #skulls #skeletons #masks #princessgowns #diyhalloween #halloweendiy #thrift #thrifting #thrifter #thriftstore #thriftshop #svdp


Friday, October 9, 2015

"I beg Our Lord that in all things He may be your all!"
- St. Vincent de Paul

“¡Le pido a nuestro Señor que en todas las cosas, El sea lo más importante!”
-San Vicente de Paul


Today, I will spend some quality time with you, Lord,
thanking you for all the gifts and blessings you have given me.

Hoy pasaré un bonito tiempo contigo, Señor,
agradeciéndote por todos los regalos y bendiciones que me has dado.


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

Thursday, October 8, 2015

SVdPLA Backpacks Giveaway on Telemundo


"Reputation is but an empty bubble when it is not founded on truth,
and when established on this basis, it has nothing to fear."
- St. Vincent de Paul


“La reputación es solamente una burbuja vacía cuando no está fundada en la verdad,
y cuando se establece en esta base, no tiene nada que temer.”


-San Vicente de Paul


Lord, it isn't easy to be totally honest and truthful in today's world.
Help me to value integrity more than gain of any sort.


Señor, no es fácil ser totalmente honesto y veraz en el mundo de hoy.
Ayúdame a valorar la integridad más que ganancias de cualquier tipo.

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

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


What doesn't go good with a perfectly broken in Levis jacket?! We found so many good possibilities while looking for our #stvinnythriftlover example outfit. Enter the contest and win $125 in gift cards!


To enter the contest: stop by the store, lay out a unique menswear outfit, and upload the photo you take to your Facebook with the contest hashtag‪#‎stvinnythriftlover‬

We have conveniently placed a platform in the front of the store for you to take the photo.

Have fun, be creative and style away!


‪#‎svdpla‬ ‪#‎thriftlover‬ ‪#‎stvinnnythriftlover‬ ‪#‎thriftstorecontest‬ ‪#‎contest‬ ‪#‎thrift‬‪#‎thrifting‬ ‪#‎thrifter‬ ‪#‎thriftstore‬ ‪#‎thriftshopping‬ ‪#‎XploreLA‬ ‪#‎lincolnhieghts‬‪ #‎dwtnla‬

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Holy Name of Jesus School Says Thank You to SVdPLA





Entertaining Angels on Skid Row

By Hannah Petcovic

While I could fill this entire newsletter with insights gained in my short time in the job, my most impactful lesson is that the paths to homelessness are innumerable. In four months, I have listened to testimonies about prison, gangs, relocation from across the country and across the worlds, undiagnosed mental illness, job loss, loss of a family member, cocaine, alcohol, methamphetamine, child abuse, intellectual disabilities, and even one gentlemen who wanted to “try out the hobo thing.”

At the Cardinal Manning Center (CMC), you may be the first person to teach a client about saving money. You may be called to help as someone plonks out the first email they’ve ever written in their life. One client may need immigration-related legal services, and another, some time to play Ping-Pong. And sometimes, you may stop all of this and let God do the work.

I once met with a resident for months to work on housing applications. The final process was a random room number assignment. “Miss Hannah,” he told me, “I’ve been praying for a room on the top floor, facing the back.”  Today, he watches the sunrise from this precise location every morning!

A recent CMC graduate we helped into housing recently wrote this in a letter:

“As you know tomorrow is my last day at the Cardinal Manning Center…I am looking for words bigger than ‘thank you’ to say to you and the staff. Had I not been accepted to the Cardinal Manning Center there was a very good chance something very bad might have happened to me. Your job is way bigger than being professional. You’re in the business of saving lives. You’ve saved mine.”
                                                                           Gratefully,
Leo
In serving each person who finds his way here, I think of this verse from Hebrews 13:2: “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

October Menswear Contest


The October #stvinnythriftlover Menswear contest has begun! Here's how to enter: Go to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul thrift store, in L.A. Pick out an awesome menswear outfit with at least three items. Snap a photo at the platform (in the store). Post it to your Instagram or Facebook with the #stvinnythriftlover hashtag! The winner will receive $100 to #SVdPLA and $25 to #thriftlover. Winner chosen and announced Nov 1st.

Bargain Hunter: For creative costumes on the cheap, shop thrift stores



Over the weekend, my neighborhood thrift store was jam-packed with folks looking for steep savings on Halloween costumes.

A floor-length flower girl frock that I picked up for $8 inspired my daughter to create her own trick-or-treat look, when paired with a bunny mask and beaded shawl.
If you want to stand out, shopping secondhand stores for deals on costumes is the way to go.
Fortunately, Southern California has no shortage of these retailers, including St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store (210 N. Ave. 21, Los Angeles and 2750 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach) which inspired this item.
I’d love to hear what you’ve dug up at a thrift store near you.

Friday, October 2, 2015

SVdPLA Backpacks to Low-Income Students


St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles gave 44  school backpacks, with wheels and loaded with school supplies, to Catholic school children who demonstrated financial need and academic potential today. Bruce Willison, Dean Emeritus of the UCLA Anderson School of Management, spoke to the children on the importance of education, doing your best and getting along well with others.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

"How good it is to trust God! Turn to Him often, then,
as children look to their father and mother in their need."
- St. Louise de Marillac

“Qué bueno es el confiar en Dios!  Ve al Él a menudo, entonces,
como niños van a su padre y madre cuando les necesitan.”
-Santa Luisa de Marillac


Dear God, I believe In You and place all my confidence in You,
believing that my trust will never be confounded.

Dios mío, yo creo en Ti y pongo toda mi confianza en Ti,
creyendo que ésta nunca será defraudada.

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


Vincentian Layettes Distribution




Vincentians distributed baby layettes to newborn families in honor of Saint Vincent de Paul’s Feast Day, September 28, at Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center.

Let the battle begin!



Style & Win Contest has officially begun! Enter to win $125 gift certificate!

To enter the contest: stop by the store, lay out a unique menswear outfit, and upload the photo you take to your Facebook with the contest hashtag #stvinnythriftlover

We have conveniently placed a platform in the front of the store for you to take the photo.

Have fun, be creative and style away!

#svdpla #thriftlover #stvinnnythriftlover #thriftstorecontest #contest #thrift #thrifting #thrifter #thriftstore #thriftshopping #XploreLA #lincolnhieghts #dwtnla 

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