Friday, July 30, 2010

Harrah's Casino (San Diego) fundraiser to benefit Layette Project

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The Council's Our Lady of the Angels District will hold a special fundraiser at Harrah's Casino in San Diego on Thursday, August 12 to benefit its upcoming Layette Project for disadvantaged newborns.

All participants need not worry about driving the overcrowded freeways, as everyone will enjoy the trip on a comfortable, air-conditioned bus. Each passenger also will receive a FREE Buffet Lunch.

The bus will board at St. Brigid Church, 5214 S. Western Ave., L.A., 90062 and leave promptly at 8:30 a.m., returning by 6:30 p.m.

The cost is just $21 per person, which includes a tip for the bus driver.

If you are unable to attend, but would still like to donate your tax-deductible gift to help this year's Layette Project, please make your check payable to OLA Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and send it to the attention of Shirley Coburn at 2190 W. 31st Street, L.A., CA 90018-3490.

Information: 323-735-3656.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI honors six Vincentians


Congratulations are in order for six of our Vincentian volunteers for being named recipients of the Benemerenti Award.

This papal honor - accorded by Pope Benedict XVI for "serving with distinction" - is given to individuals in the Catholic church who have shown exemplary service to their church, family and community.

Our six Vincentians include:

* Remedios Baluyut, St. Bernard, Los Angeles;
* Joseph Coughlin, St. Bernard, Los Angeles;
* Ed Kunkler, Our Mother of Good Counsel, Los Angeles;
* Martin Loera, St. Frances of Rome, Azusa;
* Cecilia Ordonez, St. Raymond, Downey;
* Salvador Reyes, Holy Trinity, Los Angeles.

May God continue to bless each of you and the individuals you help on a daily basis!

Note: For complete list of honorees in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, please visit http://www.the-tidings.com/2010/072310/honors.htm.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

One Act of Kindness Deserves Another


Helping others is what St. Vincent de Paul is all about. And, it doesn't just have to occur on the job. Service to others is a daily experience that we all can participate in, regardless of your job.

For example:

Our fund developer, Grace Casian, stopped at a local In-N-Out Burger after work last night, placed her order in the drive-thru and waited her turn. Upon receiving her food, Grace was told that the individual in the car before her had already paid for her order!

Grace didn't know the individual, but was informed that it was a regular customer who always paid for the car behind her. Grace was taken back by this nice deed. In turn, she paid for the food in the car following her, saying that it felt really good to show this simple act of kindness.

Being kind to others is simple, and you never know how it will impact other lives. Regardless of the deed, take time today to be generous to others. You'll come away feeling blessed.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Don't miss the bus; Session 6 of summer camp begins Friday


Don't miss the bus!

Session 6 of St. Vincent de Paul's CIRCLE V RANCH CAMP begins on July 30! Financial assistance is available for children, ages 7-13, who qualify.

A typical week at camp includes lodging, swimming, hiking, arts & crafts, drama, music, a field trip, three meals a day and much more.

Information and reservations: 323-224-6213.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Customer Appreciation Month in Long Beach Concludes This Week


STOP whatever you're doing and read this money saving announcement.

This is the FINAL WEEK for Customer Appreciation Month at our Long Beach store.

Items throughout St. Vincent de Paul's Long Beach location (2750 Pacific Coast Highway, 90804) are being marked down 50% (some exclusions apply) in celebration of the store's one year anniversary. Spend less $$$ on items you need and/or want most.

Store hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Directions are on the right side of this blog. Info: 562-494-9955.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Take advantage of the weekend & support a great cause!


Ah...God is good! Another weekend to unwind following a busy week at work. Time to catch up on shopping and find the items you need most for your family and home.

NO need to spend BIG BUCK$. Visit one of St. Vincent de Paul's stores in Los Angeles, Long Beach or Oxnard and PAY LE$$ for everything you need! Great merchandise at LOW prices.

And a reminder that you only have a week left to take advantage of our huge 1/2 price sale in Long Beach during the month of July!

Your support of our stores benefit St. Vincent de Paul's various charitable programs for children and families in the local region.

St. Vincent de Paul stores can be found at:

Los Angeles: 210 N. Avenue 21, 90031 / 323-224-6280
Long Beach: 2750 Pacific Coast Hwy., 90804 / 562-494-9955
Oxnard: 1258 Saviers Rd., 93033 / 805-487-1500

Directions to each store are located on the right side of this blog.

Enjoy the weekend one and all!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Check this out!


Great bargains continue to be found on a daily basis in Ventura County . Enjoy these sales this weekend:

* TODAY: Senior Citizen Day (15% off)
* FRI-SUN: Special Weekend Sale (50% off)

NOTE: Discounts are on select items and exclude purple tags, mattresses and bed frames.

The Society's Oxnard store is located at 1258 Saviers Rd., 93033. Directions can be found on the right side of this blog. Info: 805-487-1500.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

St. Vincent de Paul store celebrates 1st anniversary



By Pamela Hale-Burns, Press-Telegram Staff Writer

LONG BEACH - It's been a tough economic year, but the Society of St. Vincent de Paul store survived and celebrated its first anniversary Tuesday.

"It's been doing very well. We got the store opened and it's a beautiful building," said Anthony Terrazas, director of store operations for the Society. "We're struggling a little bit because of the economy, with the donations coming in, but we're hanging in there, just like everybody else."

Community visibility is vital to their success, Terrazas said.

"Hopefully, in due time, our clientele will be coming into the store a lot more," he said. "Customer count is down right now, but we're working on that.

This month, the store celebrates customer appreciation month, with their prices cut in half, Terrazas said.

"In the month of July we're having everything in the store 50 percent off to try to enhance people coming to the store. I think that'll help us out a great deal," he said.

The Society also helps feed the needy and house the homeless and sends underserved kids to camp. It is located in 142 countries and has close to a million volunteers. Of the 300 parishes in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Society has conferences in 100.

A conference is a lay organization that works at parish level. When a pastor has a person in need, the pastor calls the president of the Society, someone comes to meet with the family to determine the need and what can be done to help meet that need.

"We console them, we don't require that they pray, but if they are so inclined, we will assist them with that," said David Fields, the new executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles. "We do not discriminate based on age, sex, sexual persuasion, national origin, race; we help everyone, our creed is, 'No act of charity is foreign to the Society.'"

The ultimate goal is to have a conference in each of the 300 parishes in the archdiocese, Fields said.

"That would give us full exposure and that would give us the greatest ability to meet the needs of the poor," he said.

Donations to St. Vincent help the community in more than one way, Terrazas said.

"People in the area of Long Beach and the South Bay area should donate to the Society because the stuff stays here in their area," he said. "I think that's the main thing."

The Society's main focus is their customers' needs, said the store manager, Tisha Rosales.

"At this store, you can bargain more. With other stores, prices are set in stone. Here you can haggle with prices," she said. "We have a lot of programs that help kids and help people who can't afford clothing. We give away free clothing. We give away free furniture. We help with rental assistance. We have a lot of great programs."

Although there are many thrift stores, the Society's prices are always lower than the competition, said Terrazas.

"We have reasonable prices. We have a good mix of products in the store," Terrazas said. "It's a lovely store, it's very clean, well lit, well presented, but overall I think the affordability of the prices is the main thing."

The money that is made from the store is recycled back in to support the camp and the many other services the Society provides.

"I think we provide a lot to the community. We provide low cost merchandise. We have a process called free distribution, if someone is referred by one of our conferences, they can come here and get free merchandise," Fields said. "It's very important that we generate funds here. We're a nonprofit and the money goes back into the operation."

"We have been here a year and we are trying to make this a successful business," Fields said. "It's a slow process, but we have been engaged with the community. We're going to get our name out there and within a year, when we have the second anniversary, we want everybody to come back and say, 'Hey, this store is a great success.'"

The Long Beach store is located at 2750 E. Pacific Coast Highway. For more information call 562-494-9955 or go to http://www.svdpla.org. The society also has stores in Oxnard and Los Angeles.

Photos: Top - Councilmember Patrick O'Donnell (Fourth District), right, presents a certificate to Society Executive Director David Fields; Bottom - Pamela Hale-Burns (right) of the Long Beach Press Telegram interviews Society Store Director Tony Terrazas.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Thank you, Vincentians!


Last fiscal year, more than 2,000 'Vincentian' volunteers from the Society's L.A. Council donated 308,000 hours of their time and drove close to 763,000 miles in their personal vehicles - at their own expense - to make home visits and help improve the quality of life for thousands of children, women and men in need.

Close to 90 percent of the Council’s Vincentians are age 40 and older and of various ethnicities and national backgrounds, which proves to be essential in serving this region’s diverse population.

Thoughts from volunteers on why they assist the less fortunate:

“I volunteer because I believe in the need to assist others when we can. And it gives me an opportunity to use my work skills in the community. The (Conference) I work with tries to help others help themselves. This is very satisfying for me.”

~ Barbara, 54, Ojai

“Being a Vincentian allows me to help those in need. It helps me get out of myself, while putting my problems in proper perspective. I get to know my community and what it needs. When helping the poor, I understand why God needs us to volunteer. He needs us to do His work, and it makes me feel good."

~ Dorothy, 61, Pomona

Thank you, Vincentians, for EVERYTHING you do to help God's beloved poor!

Monday, July 19, 2010

You won't burn your money in Long Beach!


Time is running out for YOU to take advantage of our monthlong 50% off store $ale in Long Beach during Customer Appreciation Month.

Items throughout St. Vincent de Paul's Long Beach store (2750 Pacific Coast Highway, 90804) are being marked down 50% (some exclusions apply) in celebration of the store's one year anniversary. Spend less $$$ on items you need and/or want most.

Store hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Directions are on the right side of this blog. Info: 562-494-9955.

Friday, July 16, 2010

New wall of family shoes, new selection of vintage clothing and LOW prices in cool stores highlight weekend shopping!












A sizzling HOT Southern California summer weekend is upon us! Stay cool and check out the ever-changing inventory at our three stores in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oxnard.

In L.A., visit our NEW wall of shoes for the entire family, which is larger and better than ever! And, while you're there, visit our NEW selection of vintage clothing. Our Long Beach and Oxnard locations also have some great merchandise at LOW prices!

St. Vincent de Paul stores can be found at:

Los Angeles: 210 N. Avenue 21, 90031 / 323-224-6280
Long Beach: 2750 Pacific Coast Hwy., 90804 / 562-494-9955
Oxnard: 1258 Saviers Rd., 93033 / 805-487-1500

Directions to each store are located on the right side of this blog.

Enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Volunteers are the root of the Society's Outreach


The Society’s more than 2,000 year-round ‘Vincentian’ volunteers helped close to 127,000 homeless, disadvantaged and working-poor families live a little easier during the past fiscal year. Assistance included, but was not limited to: rent, mortgage, utilities, medical, dental and legal issues regardless of religion, race, gender or national origin.

Bob, 68, a Vietnam veteran whose prostate cancer was in remission, faced eviction from his trailer. Receiving no social security benefits, Bob had exhausted his financial options. After much advocating on his behalf, a local St. Vincent de Paul ‘volunteer’ conference helped restore Bob’s social security benefits, established a bank account and moved him into a senior complex. Bob now volunteers his time sorting books at a St. Vincent de Paul thrift store, joyfully telling anyone who will listen how his life changed because the Society helped him when no one else would.

Quote:

“St. Vincent de Paul helped prevent my utilities from being disconnected. My husband, who had been paying the bills, left. Unbeknownst to me, he left me with a huge power, water and sewer bill. I was unable to find employment. For weeks, I could not sleep with anxiety. However, I received assistance (when I needed it most).”

~ Lydia, 61 Los Angeles

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Did You Know?



The Society's Cardinal Manning Center (CMC) provides hope and shelter for 73 men, five women and seven children each night in downtown Los Angeles each night. Close to 111,000 individuals were served through the drop-in program last year, providing showers, a computer/reading room, groups for emotional support and help in moving from homelessness to self-reliance through on-site services. There was a 49% increase in families and 8% climb in men using these services from the previous year. This is just one of several programs that CMC offers to help the homeless get back on their feet.

Case: Upon becoming homeless, Janella and her youngest daughter, Raquel, 16, a high school student who also worked part-time, entered the Cardinal Manning Center. Initially, Janella did not endure herself to the program. She missed counseling appointments, lacked social and parental skills, accused other clients of outlandish behavior and had trouble saving money and budgeting. Following referrals and collaborative efforts with nearby non-profits, Janella eventually found affordable housing for her and Raquel. The mother now works part-time as an in-home caregiver, while the daughter attends community college. Raquel plans to transfer to a university, earn a graduate degree and work with victims of domestic violence.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Thank you Long Beach Area Shoppers!


Our store in Long Beach is celebrating its first anniversary and YOU receive the gifts, as July has been proclaimed Customer Appreciation Month.

Items throughout St. Vincent de Paul's Long Beach store (2750 Pacific Coast Highway, 90804) are being discounted 50% (some exclusions apply), which means YOU save BIG! Take advantage of this monthlong sale today, and spend less $$$ on items you need and/or want most.

Store hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Directions are on the right side of this blog. Info: 562-494-9955.

Monday, July 12, 2010

$hop Oxnard this week!

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The beginning of another week means one thing in Ventura County - buy more for LE$$ on a daily basis at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's store in OXNARD. Enjoy these sales on items you need most:

* TODAY: Crazy Tag Sale (25% off)
* TUE: Senior Citizen Day (15% off)
* WED: Military Day (15% off)
* THUR: Senior Citizen Day (15% off)
* FRI-SUN: Special Weekend Sale (50% off)

NOTE: These sales are on select items and exclude purple tags, mattresses and bed frames.

The Society's Oxnard store is located at 1258 Saviers Rd., 93033. Directions can be found on the right side of this blog. Info: 805-487-1500.

Friday, July 9, 2010

A picture is worth a thousand words




Show and tell...

Eye-catching artistry has been added to the walls of the Society's new lobby and administration office in Los Angeles. The goal? To further enhance St. Vincent de Paul's image and message about its vast outreach in this diverse section of the country.

The Society's lobby and office area is connected to its large thrift store, which is considered the 'Granddaddy of the L.A. Thrift Store Scene' by the Los Angeles Times.

The new art portrays the overall mission of the L.A. Council; a message that is very important to David Fields, the Council's new executive director. For those people who are only familiar with the Society's thrift store, this allows them to see the many facets that make up the L.A. Council. Next on the list? Photos of our local programs nicely placed on the walls of the new admin office.

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Praying for Parish Collaboration


The Society's Los Angeles Council is praying for parish collaboration in the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara when it comes to its BUNDLE SUNDAY program.

Parish members can easily support the program by donating their discards of usable clothing, household goods and misc. small items - as well as rags and newspapers - when they attend Mass on a scheduled Bundle Sunday. *Please note that this collection is for small items only, and that a free pick-up of large donations (furniture, appliances & electronics) can be made by calling 323-224-6280 or 800-97-HELP-1.

Donations serve two purposes: First - They are given to families in extreme- need through the Society's free distribution program; Second - They are resold in St. Vincent de Paul's thrift stores to help fund the Society's outreach programs. In either case, YOU are helping the less-fortunate and improving the local economy!

Information: 323-224-6274.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

July is Customer Appreciation Month in Long Beach!


Our store in Long Beach is celebrating its first anniversary and YOU receive the gifts, as July has been proclaimed Customer Appreciation Month.

Items throughout St. Vincent de Paul's Long Beach store (2750 Pacific Coast Highway, 90804) are being discounted 50% (some exclusions apply), which means YOU save BIG! Take advantage of this monthlong sale today, and spend less $$$ on items you need and/or want most.

Store hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Directions are on the right side of this blog. Info: 562-494-9955.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Never Pay Too Much in Ventura County!


Never pay too much! Enjoy these daily savings at St. Vincent de Paul's store in OXNARD:

* TODAY: Senior Citizen Day (15% off)
* WED: Military Day (15% off)
* THUR: Senior Citizen Day (15% off)
* FRI-SUN: Special Weekend Sale (50% off)

NOTE: These sales are on select items and exclude purple tags, mattresses and bed frames.

The Society's Oxnard store is located at 1258 Saviers Rd., 93033. Directions can be found on the right side of this blog. Info: 805-487-1500.

Monday, July 5, 2010

A Note from the Society's National Office


Dear SVDP Members:

It is our pleasure to announce the new Vincentian Youth and Young Adult website: www.svdpusa.net/youth.

This website will help to keep you current on the groups and the activities of young people who are engaged in the works of the Society. It will give you ideas on ways to engage young people in your own conferences. As our Rule states: "Young members keep the Society young ... The senior members assume the responsibility of assisting them along their path of training, respecting their personal choices and their aspirations of Vincentian service." (Rule 3.7)

Thank you for your encouragement and support.

Vincentian Youth Gathering World Youth Day

It is the goal of the Youth and Young Adult Committee to have 15 members attend the Vincentian Youth Meeting and World Youth Day events in August, 2011. Ideally, we would like one representative from each region to go but we would also like to have other young people who are members of the Society to participate with us.

Australia, Ireland, Brazil are sending 15-20 young people to represent their country. Let us try to do the same.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy 4th of July Weekend!



We wish everyone a very happy and safe 4th of July weekend!

The Society's three stores in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oxnard will offer tremendous savings throughout the holiday weekend. So, beat the heat, visit our cool stores and see what special items you can find at a bargain!

Store sites:

Los Angeles: 210 N. Avenue 21, 90031 / 323-224-6280
Long Beach: 2750 Pacific Coast Hwy., 90804 / 562-494-9955
Oxnard: 1258 Saviers Rd., 93033 / 805-487-1500

Operating hours for all three stores on July 4 & 5 will be 9 am to 4:45 pm. And, remember, the Long Beach store will hold a special parking lot sale on July 3. Directions to each store are located on the right side of this blog.

Play it safe everyone.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Society has new Twitpic Site


You already know that the Society's Council of Los Angeles has a twitter account (http://twitter.com/svdpla). Now, we've added the twitter photo site (http://twitpic.com/photos/svdpla).

If you have a twitter account, you can follow us at either site. Subscribe now to learn about great store sales, camp updates and more! A link to the new twitter photo site can be found on the right side of this blog.