Society's young people help ring in new year at Cardinal Manning Center
Thanks to St. Vincent de Paul's Cal State LA-John Paul II Conference (East LA), Our Lady of the Rosary of Talpa Young Adult Conference (Boyle Heights) and Whittier High School for decorating, serving dinner and having a "New Year's countdown" and singing Auld Lang Syne to individuals at the Society's Cardinal Manning Center (shelter) in downtown LA on December 31.
Special kudos to Larry Ballesteros, president of the Cal State LA-John Paul II Conference, for organizing the event; Annette and Luis Lopez, vice president and spiritual advisor, respectively, of Our Lady of the Rosary of Talpa Young Adult Conference, for their contributions; and Joan Sotiros, director of the Cardinal Manning Center, for the tamales.
I feel humbled by the young 'Vincentians' volunteers and their good cheer and generosity, and blessed to end the year with them.
To find out how your young people can help others through the Society's Council of Los Angeles, which serves the counties of LA, Ventura and Santa Barbara, call 323-224-6298.
~ Manuel Sanchez
Coordinator, St. Vincent de Paul's Youth & Young Adult Conferences, Council of LA