Stop by this weekend and check out these items donated yesterday before they’re all gone!
Friday, March 24, 2017
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Find a pop-up location near you to make a donation! Drop off any usable and small household goods, clothes, electronics, appliances, and misc from 8 am – 1:30 pm.
Large item pickups, please call 1-800-974-3571
Pop-up locations change every Sunday.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Friday, March 17, 2017
As a freshman, Andrea Lozano ’20CPS is still new to college life. But she is already rethinking the future, thanks to a five-day service trip she took during spring break through St. John’s University.
“It was very inspiring,” said Andrea, a criminal justice major at SJU’s Staten Island campus. “I’ve been thinking about law school for a while—now I’m interested in social justice law, something that really helps people.”
Changing lives is an aim of SJU’s Plunge Program. The nine, weeklong service trips, offered through Campus Ministry draw students throughout the academic year. They work in soup kitchens, mentor children, paint schools, and repair homes, among other activities. “It’s more than charity,” said Rev. Tri M. Duong, C.M., Campus Minister and the program’s coordinator. “It’s Vincentian Service, reflecting Catholic Social Teaching. Our focus is transformation—for ourselves, and the world.”
Going Where the Need Is
“Reflection is a big part of the experience,” said Sr. Patricia Evanick, D.C., Campus Minister for Vincentian Service. “At the end of each day, we discuss what we did, the ways we encounter God in the act of service, and in those we serve.” Plunges, Sr. Pat added, are organized in partnership “with elements of the Vincentian family—like the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Daughters of Charity, which offer services in the cities and neighborhoods we visit.”
For five days, Andrea joined nine other students on the Los Angeles Plunge. Victoria O’Keefe ’13CPS, ’15MA, a Resident Minister at the Queens campus, led the group along with a graduate assistant. They stayed at the Cardinal Manning Center, a downtown shelter run by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, serving meals, handing out food to homeless people on Skid Row, and volunteering at Maryvale, a Daughters of Charity home for at-risk youth.
The Los Angeles Plunge was one of three offered during spring break, February 25 to March 4. Sr. Evanick and a graduate assistant accompanied 10 students to Macon, GA, and Campus Minister Megan Fraino led 10 students to Denver, CO. Another group served in Philadelphia In January. This May, plunges are scheduled for Niagara Falls, NY; Panama; Philadelphia; and Lourdes, France. Campus Ministry also offers the Rendu Freshman Service Experience every August.
The Lifelong Impact of Service
The Division of Student Affairs also sponsors an annual spring break service trip. In February, 13 student leaders volunteered at the Give Kids the World Village, a nonprofit Florida resort where children with life-threatening illnesses enjoy cost-free vacations with their families. Mary Pelkowski, Associate Dean for Student Engagement, and Jennifer Leaverton, Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach, accompanied them.
“I continue to be proud of, and amazed by, the wonderful service our students provide to our community partners,” said Kathryn Hutchinson, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs. “These experiences provide an opportunity for our students to live out the Vincentian mission and truly impact the way students embrace our mission for the rest of their lives.”
Students do “feel different” after returning from a service trip, said Anthony Spring ’20CPS, who participated in the Denver Plunge. “It was amazing—something I’ll always remember,” he said. Another student, Lucy Holmes-Higgin ’17CPS, said the same of her service trip to Give Kids the World Village. “The experience was indescribable,” she said. “I was honored to be part of it.”
Posted by Pick at 12:30 PM
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Thursday, March 16, 2017
"Allow yourself to be led by His fatherly love,
for He does love us and is far from rejecting a righteous man;
He will not even abandon a wicked man who hopes in his mercy."
- St. Vincent de Paul
“Permítete tu mismo/a ser guiado por Su amor paterno,
pues El si nos ama y no rechazará a un hombre/mujer honrado/a;
El no abandonará ni a un hombre o mujer perverso/a quien espere en su misericordia.”
-San Vicente de Paul
Heavenly Father, the only thing I can be sure of is your love for me.
Protect me and lead me as I go about my day.
Padre Celestial, la única cosa de la que puedo estar seguro/a es de tu amor por mí.
Protégeme y guíame durante el transcurso de mi día.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles
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St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles welcomes LA5 Rotary Scholarship Committee! Rotarians gathered at SVDPLA (Tuesday) to review High School Senior applications. LA5 Rotary generously invests $175,000 a year in the future of exceptional Los Angeles County students.
Posted by Pick at 11:50 AM
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Your gifts have given Gordon the chance for a brighter future
At 68, Gordon decided to leave hospice care. He was being treated for prostate cancer, but wanted to live on his own. He found a small trailer to rent in Long Beach. Then, while driving, he got into a car accident.
Thankfully, Gordon wasn’t injured. But since he didn’t have a current driver’s license, he ended up in jail. After his release, he realized the monthly social security benefits that helped him survive were taken away.
Gordon, a Vietnam veteran, struggled to pay his rent… and soon, faced eviction from his home.
“I needed help,” he remembers. “I went to the V.A., and didn’t get very far. That was when St. Vincent de Paul stepped up to help me… and pretty much saved my life.”
Our Long Beach Conference helped with two months of rent to prevent Gordon’s eviction so he could work on restoring his benefits.
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