Monday, April 30, 2012

Enjoy Catholic Comedy Night - May 4


A night of clean family comedy this coming Friday, May 4! 

When registering, please mention the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, as we'll receive a portion of the sales for our charitable programs. Click here to register today.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Only 1 week remains. Don't miss out. Register today!

ONLY 1 weeks remains until THE HIKE of the year!

Don't be left out. Join today! Adults, children and pets on leashes can participate in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's 2nd Annual Hike for the Homeless at 8:30 am on Saturday, April 28 at beautiful Griffith Park in Los Angeles.

Sign up NOW to help the Society's new family housing program for women and children (to open later this year) and the Cardinal Manning Center (shelter). Hike individually or as a team. The group that has the most paid hikers will win $1,000. YOUR Hike can literally help change a life!

If you can't make it in person be a virtual hiker. For more information or reservations, visit http://www.hike4thehomeless.com.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Where DJ Skeet Skeet Digs for Treasure in Lincoln Heights


Image via Yelp

by Yale Breslin
www.la.racked.com

Los Angeles has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around LA that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.

DJ Skeet Skeet, born Trevor McFedries, is an LA-based DJ, producer and director who likes to surprise his out-of-town guests by taking them to Society of St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store, a vintage emporium in Lincoln Heights where Skeeter (as he's also known) finds vintage synthesizers. He's on the hunt for more...and he wants your help.

"I like old stuff. I also like digging for gems through endless piles of stuff. While Eastsiders may be familiar with Society of St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store, I like to surprise my Westside friends and DJs/bands from out of town with a trip to this 'lil spot. They always have crazy artwork, random vinyl and great furniture and you can also find all kinds of keyboards, electronics and doodads. I first ended up there with my best friend, Eagle Rock resident and Eastsider4lyfe Rony Alwin (aka Rony's Photobooth). We ventured over and I procured a Soulja Boy "Crank Dat" tall tee and a vintage synth and I knew this was my dream thrift store. There are some lovely restaurants in the area and some skate spots you'll recognize if you're into that kind of thing. And if you see synths when you go send me a Tweet so I can hurry down and check 'em out."

- DJ Skeet Skeet (Twitter]
- All Shopping Confidential Posts [Racked LA]

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Catholic Comedy Night - May 4


A night of clean family comedy! When registering, please mention the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, as we'll receive a portion of the sales for our charitable programs. Click here to register today.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Strengthening Franciscan Values Through Christian Service Immersion


By Andy Burghdorf '00, St. Francis High School
Pasadena NOW

Although Skid Row is only a short thirty minute car ride from St. Francis High School’s La Canada Flintridge campus, the suffering and desperation that permeates the nation’s largest stable population of homeless persons often seems a world away. However, the harsh reality of such a disparity came to life for thirteen St. Francis students on Monday, April 9, 2012, when they participated in the school’s Christian Service Immersion (CSI) program which landed them at The Midnight Mission on the corner of 6th Street and San Pedro in downtown Los Angeles.

Here are some staggering figures: According to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, on any given night in Los Angeles . . .
• Just over 43,000 people are homeless, almost 20% of these families with children, the highest homeless population for any major metropolitan area in the country.
• Another 16% to 20% of homeless adults are employed in low paying jobs.
• 42% are chronically homeless individuals having one or more serious handicaps such as mental illness, substance abuse, or a physical disability.
• 18% of L.A. County residents and 25% of L.A. County’s children live below the poverty line.
• 73% of low-income renters pay more than 50% of their earnings in rent.

While thirty students from St. Francis are off on a pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy, to follow in the footsteps of St. Francis, these thirteen young men participated in an urban pilgrimage much closer to home. As participants of the CSI program, each student volunteered to spend part of their Easter vacation serving those in need on Skid Row. The students visited the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Cardinal Manning Center and delivered socks from a recent campus sock drive.

For more than fifty years the Cardinal Manning Center has been a constant, reliable presence for homeless people in the Skid Row Area of Downtown Los Angeles. As noted on their website, the Center’s primary goals are to enable homeless men, women and children to:

• stabilize their life circumstances
• regain their self-sufficiency, and
• find permanent housing & employment

Manuel Sanchez, the organization’s Youth & Young Adult Services Coordinator, walked the students through Skid Row and educated them on the issues and concerns affecting the homeless and needy. After walking throughout the area, the young men returned to The Midnight Mission to help prepare and serve lunch for close to 1,000 people. Throughout the day the students also had the opportunity to listen to and talk with those affected by poverty and struggling with hopelessness.

St. Francis High School is dedicated to ensuring that the values taught by St. Francis to his brothers, steeped in the virtues taught by Jesus Christ to his disciples, are incorporated in everything that we do. St. Francis put Jesus’ teachings into action by serving those who were marginalized in Assisi and the surrounding areas. He reached out to the lepers, preached the Gospel with inspired words to those who had not heard, and rebuilt the church by building community and reevaluating one’s relationship with nature. Jesus taught, and St. Francis reiterated, that an appropriate response to the Gospel is rooted in performing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, as well as works toward social justice. It is our hope that the Christian Service Immersion program provides a solid foundation for the Franciscan values that our school is built upon.

About the Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Los Angeles

For more than 100 years, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles has provided programs and services for children, the homeless and the poor within the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara that are free of charge regardless of religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, handicap or national origin. These programs and services include the operation of St. Vincent’s Cardinal Manning Center for emergency and transitional housing, Circle V Ranch Camp for disadvantaged and at-risk children, St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store (which also distributes clothes, furniture and appliances free of charge to the needy), a winter shelter in Ventura County, a prisoner resettlement program that helps paroled inmates turn their lives around, and more than 100 community-based conferences of lay volunteers that furnish direct assistance and referrals to poor individuals and families throughout the above mentioned counties since 1908.

Photo: St. Francis High School student-participants of the CSI program, each student volunteered to spend part of their Easter vacation serving those in need on Skid Row [Photo: Andy Burghdorf '00]

Monday, April 16, 2012

Thank you for your support!


St. Vincent de Paul Stores are located in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oxnard. Store sites and telephone numbers can be found in the right-hand column of this blog.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Society's 2nd Annual Hike for the Homeless is April 28

ONLY 2 weeks remain until the HIKE of the year! Don't be left out. Join today!

Adults, children and pets on leashes can participate in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's 2nd Annual Hike for the Homeless at 8:30 am on Saturday, April 28 at beautiful Griffith Park in Los Angeles. Sign up NOW to help the Society's new housing program for women and children (to open later this year) and the Cardinal Manning Center (shelter). Hike individually or as a team. The group that has the most paid hikers will win $1,000.

YOUR Hike can literally help change a life! If you can't make it in person be a virtual hiker. For more information or reservations, visit http://www.hike4thehomeless.com.

Feel free to view a short video from last year's hike that aired on KCAL 9 News.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

2nd Annual Pre-Hike for the Homeless Event


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul recently held a pre-hike event in Los Feliz to kick off the upcoming 2nd Annual Hike for the Homeless on April 28 in Griffith Park. It was a networking event that included finger foods and information about the Society's shelter program, and how the hike will benefit the Society's work - including its new housing program for women and children.

If YOU would like to have fun hiking and help the local homeless at the same time, visit http://hike4thehomeless.com or call 213-229-9972.

Photo: Michael & Donna Locke enjoy the event.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Monday, April 9, 2012

Real Estate Agents can help families in need


The Society is seeking the assistance of the real estate world with unwanted items that can be picked up for FREE! Why pay to have household items picked up when the Society's trucks can pick them up for FREE! The items are tax-deductible and will help countless children, women and men through the Society's local charitable programs.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Easter!



As we celebrate this special holiday, let us remember the true meaning of Easter. Happy Easter everyone!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Words of wisdom from Los Angeles Dodger Tony Gwynn Jr.

As Americans celebrate Opening Day to the 2012 Major League Baseball season, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. serves up an important reminder...

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Shopping St. Vincent de Paul Stores help many individuals


When YOU shop the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oxnard, YOU save BIG on household items you need most! Simultaneously, your support helps support the Society's local charitable programs for families and individuals in need. It's a win-win situation! Thank you for your support!