Showing posts from November, 2016

Allen Lund Company's Nora Trueblood Talks Partnership With Navidad En El Barrio and SVdPLA

Monday, Nov. 28th, 2016   

LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE, CA - As 2016 draws to an end, the Allen Lund Company’s (ALC) has another noted engagement to add to its year of charity-minded acts. First kicked off in March with pledged acts going until the company's anniversary on January 29, 2017, ALC will add to its now surpassed 40 Acts of Kindness through its continued partnership with Navidad En El Barrio
As ALC Director of Marketing and Communication Nora Trueblood recently told me, the company is now in its 12th year of supporting the holiday-themed charity organization, and looking to contribute even further.
"Mr. and Mrs. Lund have always been community minded–they raised their children that way and have continued that spirit within the company," Nora says of the company’s involvement. "Navidad En El Barrio is a great fit for us, as we invite our grower/shipper customers and our carriers to participate with us."

Navidad En El Barrio was first established in 1972 by f…

Thank you #GivingTuesday Donors!!!

SVdPLA thanks our #GivingTuesday donors who believe in giving everyone a second chance to get back up and receive life’s most basic needs... a home and a meal this Christmas. Because of you, families in our community will receive the best gift of all...peace of mind this Holiday Season.  
On behalf of those whom you have blessed, thank you and Merry Christmas. 

Thrift Thursday

Thrift Store Thursday kicks off a day early! Today (11/30) and tomorrow (12/01) only, all clothing with a WHITE tag is just 99 cents. New color tags are revealed every Wednesday.

7.5 hours left of #GivingTWOsday!

It's not too late to KEEP A FAMILY IN THEIR HOME this Christmas! Make a donation and ask two family members to  donate with you! give the gift of peace for a family in need this Christmas.

Happy #GivingTuesday!

Make a difference today for #GivingTuesday! Don't miss out on the chance to impact a family for Christmas by making a donation of $10 or more! Make your donation at

1 Day Left!

1 day till #GivingTuesday! We are raising $10,000 to house and feed 100 families. Last year SVdPLA helped over 300,000 neighbors in need. Learn how to donate:

Lendlease Foundation Feeds CMC

Michael Concannon and employees of Lendlease served a delicious Thanksgiving lunch to homeless men and women from Skid Row this week at the SVdPLA’s Cardinal Manning Center (CMC) in Los Angeles. Thank you Lendlease Foundation!

Tzu Chi Foundation Serves CMC

The Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation with Miss Asia Noble International Queen 2016 Linn Kalayar Oojoined Lendlease at St. Vincent de Paul’s Cardinal Manning Center (CMC) homeless program this week in a day of service for Thanksgiving. Lendlease served Thanksgiving lunch while Tzu Chi passed out blankets and socks to the homeless men and women of Skid Row. Thank you Tzu Chi!

Black Friday Sale!

We’re starting early for Black Friday at 8AM! Happy shopping!

Hal Bastian to SVdPLA LA Thrift Store

Thank you Hal Bastian for coming down to shoot our story for your web series What's Up, Downtown? Hal says our show will be on sometime in December 2016. Check out all of his videos at!


Yesterday SVdPLA and Sysco LA Corporation gave 325 families in need  a bountiful Thanksgiving feast. Sysco, the world’s largest food distributor, generously donated 325 turkeys for the giveaway event at St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles, and donors John and Tess Clair of Santa Monica and Shoe Palace made generous contributions to help complete the meal for each family. Maracas Catering donated 325 pies to round out the meal and friends and board members of SVDPLA made additional donations.
Holidays are a difficult time of year for many people, and we want to ensure that as many families as possible can share the Thanksgiving holiday and enjoy a day of good food, gratitude and joy,” said David Fields, Executive Director of SVdPLA.  “Thank you for the food, it’s such a blessing!” said a recipient named Maria. “We are so grateful for the food at Thanksgiving,” said another recipient, “Especially for those families in need.”  Families of all ages and races left laden with food and smilin…

Sacred Heart Makes Lunches for CMC

Sacred Heart High School students kindly made lunches for the homeless men residing at SVdPLA’s Cardinal Manning Center (CMC) Homeless program on Skid Row. Thank you Sacred Heart!

Make A Difference Day (All Month)

Make a difference and drop off a new, unwrapped toy in celebration of National Make a Difference Day. Help us this holiday collect toys for needy children and receive 20% off your purchase. Excludes mattresses and cars. LA Store only. Drop off the toy with security. #MDDAY

LA5 Gives SVdPLA $18,839 for Homeless

St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles received a check for $18,839 today from LA5 Rotary Club Foundation of downtown Los Angeles for SVdPLA to help the homeless of Skid Row off the streets and into housing. Thank you LA5!

Winter Shelter Program for 2016-2017

The Winter Shelter opens on  December 1st and operates continuously until March 1st. | 626-333-7204

Vincentian Inspiration

"More is required of us than to go, to come, and to give; our intentions should be pure and thoroughly devoid of self-interest." - St. Louise de Marillac
“Más es requerido de nosotros que el ir, venir, y dar; nuestras intenciones deben ser puras y enteramente libres de intereses personales.” -Santa Luisa de Marillac Lord, remove from me the desire to please others or have
 myself noticed because of what I do in your service. Let the good deeds be 
done for you alone.
Señor, remueve de mi el deseo de complacer a otros o de 
que otros me vean por lo que hago en servicio tuyo.  Permíteme que las buenas 
obras sean hechas solamente por ti. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Vincentian Services Department
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles

Shop Amazon Smile to Donate to SVdPLA

Shop and select St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles Corporation when shopping during Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday to support  SVdPLA to help keep families housed and fed this holiday season.

#GivingTesday Nov. 29

Bring your family together by selecting two friends/family members to help us raise $10,000 to house and feed families in need for Christmas by donating whatever you can...$10 or $100...and calling out TWO friends or family members to donate on #givingTWOsday with you to triple your impact! 

Thrift Thursday

Thrift Store Thursday kicks off a day early! today (11/16) and tomorrow (11/17) only, all clothing with a BLUE tag is just 99 cents. New color tags are revealed every Wednesday.

SVdPLA Cathedral Conference in Angelus

A helping paw: Companion animals care for veterans with PTSD November 11, 2016 - By R.W. Dellinger
Nov. 5, a brisk early Saturday morning near the merry-go-round in Griffith Park. Diego Ortiz of PAWS/LA was standing in front of a white tarp trying to get the attention of two dozen dogs and their guardians. Since 1989, the nonprofit has been dedicated to preserving the healing benefits of animal companionship for low-income elderly and others facing life-threatening illnesses like HIV/AIDS. But today he was talking about the launching of a new program called Project Petstrong geared to veterans suffering from PTSD. And part of the kickoff was with a two-mile “pets’ hike” in the sprawling urban park. “There are 1.9 million veterans in California, 350,000 in Los Angeles County alone,” he said. “And according to PAWS/LA estimates, there are approximately 6,000 low-income veterans with PTSD and/or depression who count on their companion animals to cope with the devastating effects of PTSD.…


Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to deliver remarks of solidarity with all Angelenos

Archbishop José H. Gomez will lead a prayer service tonight uniting people of all faiths in prayer for peace, unity and solidarity at a moment when the community as a whole, and the immigrant community in particular, are expressing increasing uncertainty and fear. Prayer service will take place at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., in downtown Los Angeles
During the prayer service, Mayor Eric Garcetti will address the assembly.
Livestream of the Mass will be available via Facebook at

Interfaith prayer service for peace, solidarity and unity

Archbishop José H. Gomez; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m.

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, 90012 METRO: Red Line, Civic Center stop

Layettes to California Hospital Medical Center

SVdPLA Vincentian volunteers brought layettes to newborn moms and babies at California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles recently.  The moms and dads were very appreciative

Claire Padama Honored by LA Rams & Honda


Vincentian Inspirations

"It was said of St. Catherine Labouré that  some sort of electric current [existed] between Catherine and humble people,  between her and children. Those who were puzzled or embarrassed went  to her as if she were a beloved granny, a staunch member of the household, but would  later leave the 'old lady' when they had learnt to fly with their own wings."
“Se decía de Santa Catarina Labouré que un tipo  de corriente eléctrica existía entre Catarina y personas humildes,  entre ella y sus niño/as. aquellos que estaban confundidos o  avergonzados iban a ella como si fuera una amorosa abuela, un devoto miembro  de la familia, pero al tiempo dejaban a la ‘viejita’
cuando habían aprendido a volar con sus propias alas.” St. Catherine’s incorrupt body is encased in glass beneath the side altar at 140 Rue du Bac, Paris, beneath one of the spots where our Lady appeared to her.
El cuerpo incorrupto de Santa Catarina se encuentra en una caja de vidrio, bajo un altar en el 140 Rue du Bac, en Paris…

Thrift Thursday

Thrift Store Thursday kicks off a day early! This Wednesday (11/9) and Thursday (11/10) only, all clothing with a YELLOW tag is just 99 cents. New color tags are revealed every Wednesday.

Giving Tuesday Nov. 29!

During the Christmas season, when the whole country sits at a bountiful table and exchanges generous gifts, it's unimaginable that parents need to choose between feeding their children or paying rent. On November 29th, we ask you to help keep families in their homes and have food on their tables this holiday season.  
This year St. Vincent de Paul of LA is raising $10,000 to feed and house 100 families for Christmas for our one-day #GivingTWOsday fundraiser!
Double your impact by telling two friends on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter all month as you see demonstrated below, to join you in donating Nov. 29! 

This woman has Tami and Kirsten joining her Nov. 29! #GivingTWOsday helps keep families housed and fed this holiday season! Donate whatever you can ....$10 or $100... and call out TWO friends to join you.

Donate here:

Your Donation Helps

Donating to St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store contributes to our Cardinal Manning Homeless Shelter on Skid Row! Learn more about the center here: