Friday, February 24, 2017

Vincentian Inspiration

"This is true contentment - to hope for nothing, desire nothing, expect nothing."
- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

“Esto es felicidad real – esperar nada, desear nada, anticipar nada.”

-Santa Isabel Ana Seton
Lord, true contentment can only come from being satisfied with who I am
and with what you have chosen to gift me.
May I never seek after anything that will keep me from accomplishing your will.

Señor, verdadera felicidad puede venir solamente al estar satisfecho con quien yo soy
Y con los talentos y habilidades que tú me has regalado.
Haz que nunca busque cosas que me aparten de seguir tu voluntad.

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Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

FREE Classes at SVdPLA Learning Center!

Get a jump start on excelling your career and take one of the six amazing free classes offered at our Los Angeles thrift store location. 



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

CMC Volunteer Appreciation Brunch

Volunteers serving at the Cardinal Manning Center on Skid Row were treated to an Appreciation Brunch last weekend. 

Thank you CMC volunteers!






Monday, February 20, 2017

St. Augustine Conference Outreach Video!

A new video on outreach to the homeless from St. Augustine Conference of Charity in Culver City.


Vincentian Inspiration

"It is from prayer that we must expect the light and strength
that are indispensable for a veritable renewal;
it is in prayer that we shall discover the particular points
toward which we should direct our efforts."
- Mother Suzanne Guillemin, D.C.

“En oración es donde debemos esperar la luz y fuerza
Que son indispensables para una renovación verdadera;
En oración es donde vamos a descubrir los puntos particulares
Hacia los cuales debemos dirigir nuestros esfuerzos.”

- Madre Suzanne Guillemin, H.C.


Today, I resolve to find a few quiet moments to spend in your presence, Lord.
There I hope to find the strength and courage I need to renew myself.

Hoy, resuelvo encontrar unos momentos en silencio para pasar en tu presencia, Señor.
Ahí yo espero encontrar la fuerza y la valentía que necesito para renovarme.

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Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles

Friday, February 17, 2017

50-25% Off for President’s Day at LA Thrift Store!


Monday only, selected items on sale for 25% off:
  • Office furniture including desks, chairs, and file cabinets
  • Couches, coffee tables, TV cabinets, and bicycles
  • Bric-a-brac including houseware and home décor.
  • Apparel – 50% off

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

SVdPLA Circle V Ranch Camp Hosts Women in Wildfire

Los Padres National Forest hosts camp for aspiring female firefighters


Posted: Feb 14, 2017 11:35 AM PST
Updated: Feb 14, 2017 11:47 AM PST 



SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - The Los Padres National Forest is working to break barriers for women who want to fight fires in California's forests.
Los Padres held its third consecutive Women in Wildfire boot camp at Circle V Ranch, near Lake Cachuma.
The women spent a week at the camp in a classroom setting and out in the field.
The hands-on approach gives them exposure to the rigors of the job and helps them navigate the application process.
Participation in the camp does not guarantee employment.
Women hold just 13 percent of wildland fire positions in the U.S. Forest Service California region, according to Andrew Madsen, spokesperson for Los Padres National Forest.
There were 63 graduates from three training camps at Los Padres. About one-third of graduates from the first two camps secured seasonal jobs last summer, according to Madsen.
This year's 25 graduates can apply for seasonal jobs in the spring.
The Los Padres camp may serve as a model for future boot camps for women across the state and the country.
"We have nine other forests from California here to see what type of program we put together and how we are running it," said Battalion Chief Jay Enns, of the Los Padres National Forest. "The success that we have had has spread. They are trying to mimic on their forest what we've created here."

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Thrift Thursday


Thrift Store Thursday kicks off a day early! Wednesday (2/15) and Thursday (2/16) only, all clothing with a GREEN tag is just 99 cents. New color tags are revealed every Wednesday.

Farewell Party for Sam Uribe

Best of luck to Sam with his new endeavors. Sam worked at our LA store for over five years, son of Gregoria Uribe. We will miss you Sam!




Monday, February 13, 2017

SGV Business Summit to End Homelessness

Discover how you or your business can help end homelessness. 
RSVP by February 17th! 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Donate -- Save Money and the Neighborhood!


Ditching your car for a bike in downtown LA?  Parking and gas can be a hassle. Dump the hassle and give St. Vincent de Paul a call 1-800-974-3571 to pick up your car for free. A car donation will be a sizable tax deduction for you and sizable help to those in need.


You may also use our website here to fill out the vehicle donation submission form.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Sale Ends February 14th!


Shop brand-new, gently-used and the coolest vintage in town! Stop by and get 50% off women’s and men’s short sleeve shirts at our Los Angeles Thrift Store at 210 N. Avenue 21, LA, CA. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Thrift Thursday


Thrift Store Thursday kicks off a day early! Wednesday (2/08) and Thursday (2/09) only, all clothing with a WHITE tag is just 99 cents. New color tags are revealed every Wednesday.

Saints Felicitas and Perpetua Sock Hop for SVdPLA


The students at Saints Felicitas & Perpetua School held a Sock Hop to raise donations of socks for the homeless at St. Vincent de Paul’s Cardinal Manning Center Homeless Program on Skid Row.
Students donated 1,178 pairs of socks. The third grade led the way with 215 pairs.  Thank you so much to the pastor, principal, teachers, parents and students of this wonderful Catholic school!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Sale Starts Today!


Shop brand-new, gently-used and the coolest vintage in town! Stop by and get 50% off women’s and men’s short sleeve shirts at our Los Angeles Thrift Store at 210 N. Avenue 21, LA, CA. 

Your Donation Helps


Your donation to St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store contributes to our Cardinal Manning Homeless Shelter on Skid Row! 

Watch this video to see our efforts in action. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

FREE Classes at SVdPLA Learning Center!


Get a jump start on excelling your career and take one of the six amazing free classes offered at our Los Angeles thrift store location. 



Homeless for the First Time | Here’s How Your Gifts Changed Joanna’s Life

Alone. Afraid. Abandoned. Joanna never expected to be living on the streets, homeless, with her young daughter.

How does it feel to try and fit your entire life in a few grocery bags? Joanna can tell you:

“It feels awful to be homeless, trying to carry everything you can around with you.”

Nearly a year ago, she and her daughter were evicted from their apartment. They left with only the items they could carry.

Joanna and her daughter ended up sleeping in a park.

“I didn’t shut my eyes the entire night,” she remembers. “I was too scared.”

During that time, Joanna also discovered a large lump in her throat — and knew she needed immediate medical attention.

It was by the grace of God that Joanna heard about our Family Housing Program in Los Angeles. She arrived a few hours later.

“As soon as we walked in, I felt peaceful,” Joanna remembers. “Like everything was going to be ok.”

Staff at our Family Housing Program sprang into action. Joanna needed immediate medical attention. Her case manager took her to get a biopsy on the lump in her throat — and it turned out to be a tumor.

“I didn’t have insurance,” she says. “But St. Vincent made sure I was taken care of.”

Joanna’s daughter needed attention too. She was enrolled in school so she wouldn’t fall behind in her studies. And another Social Service agency provided counseling and childcare for her daughter while Joanna was hospitalized for her tumor removal.

“It was a comfort,” Joanna says, smiling. “To know my daughter was being taken care of meant I could focus on recovering.”

Joanna’s next step was finding a home. With our guidance, she began saving money and working to find secure and affordable housing.

It was truly a joyous day when Joanna moved into an apartment of very own with her daughter!

Today, Joanna can smile again.

“St. Vincent de Paul completely turned my life around,” she says. “I can’t even begin to thank them for how they’ve helped.”


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