Monday, September 25, 2017

Feast of St. Vincent de Paul – September 27

September 27, we celebrate the feast of St. Vincent de Paul, the patron saint of charitable societies and the apostle of Charities.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Dodgers Slump Due to Removal of Store Signs

SVdPLA General Operations Director Alfred Rodriguez blames his removal of Dodger Fan Sales Ads in the LA store for the team’s recent slump. “I made a mistake!” Rodriguez said, “I’m putting the signs back up!” Come to shop in Dodger gear for 20% off on game days. Go Dodger Blue!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Join the Friends of the Poor Walk Sept. 30, 2017!

Raise money for the needy in your local communities by walking. Register online at these locations in our council area: Hansen Dam Aquatic Center in Lakeview Terrace; Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Encino; River View Park in Buellton and St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Venice.

Friday, September 8, 2017

The Feast Day of Blessed Frederic Ozanam

Every year, on September 9th, Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul around the world celebrate the Feast Day of the founder of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Blessed Frederic Ozanam.   

Buddhists Tour SVdPLA

Buddhists from the Rosemead Buddhist Temple toured the SVdPLA Los Angeles Thrift Store and administrative offices today to better understand our mission, and to encourage collaboration between our two faiths.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

UCLA Spirit Squad Serves SVdPLA



UCLA’s Spirit Squad performed a day of service last weekend at SVdPLA’s LA thrift store. They also took time to regale our shoppers and staff.  Thanks so much UCLA!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Redemption on Skid Row

    Once homeless and addicted, Tyrone is known today as the Mayor of Skid Row. "I used to sleep in front of that door 30 years ago,” Tyrone says, referring to the entrance to our Cardinal Manning Center. Those words reveal a tragic chapter in his life.

Before that time, he was a family man – with three daughters he loved more than life itself. “I called them my little queens,” he shares.

He had a good job in the Pennsylvania steel mills. Then the recession hit. “They shut everything down and a lot of us lost work. Some of my coworkers committed suicide,” he explains. That’s when Tyrone’s drinking began.

Tyrone’s brother lived in Las Vegas and suggested he go there to get back on his feet. “I worked in the casinos, but I was lonely without my family,” he says. "So I’d pour myself a drink and, well…” His voice trails off as he recalls his downhill spiral.

Then someone told him about California. “Live free. Warm weather. Palm trees. I came here with the illusion that it would be for me,” he shares. But by then, his addiction was full-blown. Instead of living the dream, he wound up on Skid Row.

Then one day, asleep on a piece of cardboard, he heard someone call his name… “Daddy?”

It was his daughter. Now 29 years old, she had come to LA to find him. “I was so weak, I could hardly get up,” he says. “She went to grab me and I didn’t want her to touch me because I was so dirty. She held me in her arms and the healing process began.”

His healing continued through your support of St. Vincent de Paul.

Tyrone successfully sought treatment for his addiction. Then he stayed in our shelter at Cardinal Manning Center while we helped him find housing. “I’ve been in my apartment, clean and sober, for 11 years now,” he says. Not to mention, he now dedicates his life to helping others.

He mentors men in recovery. He visits the homeless on Skid Row. He eats lunch with the guests in our shelter. He’s earned the nickname, “the Mayor of Skid Row.” And he encourages others to accept the life-changing services that are available through your gifts.

“This place – St. Vincent de Paul – it saves people’s lives,” he says. “We come in here badly mangled, and they love and minister to us about a better way of living. They give us beds. We can take showers. They serve food if you’re hungry. And they’ll transition you into housing. We all need every bit of help we can get.”

Last spring, he shared his moving testimony with donors and Vincentians – friends like you – from the stage of the Bonaventure Hotel. “I’m so grateful to be on this side of life,” he said. “St. Vincent de Paul brought me out of the darkness. Man, am I ever grateful.”

To help SVdPLA help others, donate here.