Tuesday, December 24, 2013

OMGC CAROLS IN THE SEASON

Photo: Nursing home patients enjoyed Christmas Carols from the Vincentians of Our Mother of Good Counsel Conference in Los Angeles.

Monday, December 16, 2013

FROM HOMELESS TO THE DISNEY HALL


Many of us would be excited to go to the Walt Disney Concert Hall but for those recently homeless such an evening was a great surprise. Ex-homeless men living at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles' Cardinal Manning Center (CMC) on Skid Row, alumni of the center with their own apartments and a family living at St. Vincent de Paul Family Housing, plus Society staff went by limousine December 10, 2013 to the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles to see the Blind Boys of Alabama perform.

The concert was the gift of an anonymous donor, facilitated by the Society's senior director of advancement Barbara Gunning, who also secured the limousine. For most who made the trip, it was their first time at the hall and first hearing the Blind Boys sing gospel and Christmas songs. Participants in the evening were very excited. CMC case manager Hannah Petcovic said, "I was really impressed when I came downstairs at the center and everyone was all dressed up."

All the participants seemed delighted with the gospel-flavored performance of such songs as "White Christmas" and "Christmas in Dixie". CMC alumnus Richard  Mesa said, "It was my first time at the hall. It's beautiful." Another participant said of the performance, "On a scale of one to 10, I give it an 11!"

Photos: Participants in front of the hall, and all dressed up for an evening out.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

SOCIETY IN LINCOLN HEIGHTS HOLIDAY PARADE

Photo: Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles' Deputy Executive Director David Garcia at the wheel of the Society's rented Mustang convertible with Society board president Claire Padama and executive director David Fields waving to the crowds at the Lincoln Heights 10th Annual Holiday Parade and Festival Sunday, December 8, 2013. Garcia is also a member of the board of directors for the Lincoln Heights Chamber of Commerce. Society "elves" handed out candy canes to the many spectators on North Broadway in Lincoln Heights.

Friday, December 6, 2013

SOCIETY IN HIGHLAND PARK CHRISTMAS PARADE

Photo: Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles' Board President Claire Padama and deputy executive director Susana Santana in the Highland Park Christmas Parade Dec. 1, 2013.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

OMGC THANKSGIVING FOOD TO THE NEEDY

Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles' Our Mother of Good Counsel Conference in Los Angeles gave Thanksgiving dinner fixings to the needy Saturday, November 23, 2013. Society Board President and OMGC Vincentian Claire Padama said, "We gave more baskets this year than usual because of the economy. It was 80 before, this year 105." Padama said recipients received turkey or ham, pasta, rice and beans, canned goods and food scrip among other items.

Photo: OMGC Vincentians Penny and Harry.