Friday, June 30, 2017

Sister Sam, founder of St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, dies at 82

By Andrea Castillo
In 1977, Sister Alice Marie Quinn started what became St. Vincent Meals on Wheelswith a single pot of stew served to 83 seniors in a church basement near MacArthur Park.
On Friday — days after celebrating her 82nd birthday — Sister Sam, as she was known by friends, died of natural causes. Read more at LA Times.

Circle V Has Space & Camperships Available for 2017


Ray Lopez, Director of Circle V Ranch Camp, located across from Cachuma Lake in the Santa Ynez Valley just 20 minutes north of Santa Barbara, has announced that spaces and camperships (scholarships) are still available for three of this summer’s sessions:

Session Two: Wednesday, July 5 to Monday, July 10, 2017 ~ Holiday Theme Week
Session Three: Tuesday, July 11 to Sunday, July16, 2017 ~ Space Week with NASA/JPL Volunteer Educators
Session Eight: Tuesday, August 15 to Sunday, August 20, 2017 ~ Adventure Theme Week

Each Circle V Ranch Camp session is six days and five nights of traditional supervised summer fun for boys and girls ages 7 to 13. Campers enjoy activities including archery, arts & crafts, hiking, swimming in the pool, learning about nature, reading skills, painting, photography, playing baseball, basketball, ping pong, foosball, soccer, miniature golf and of course, campfires, skits and singing. Three nutritious daily meals served family-style in the Dining Lodge are not only for food but also for camaraderie and fellowship. 

Parents/guardians are encouraged to contact the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Circle V Ranch Camp main registration office at 323-224-6213 to receive the Camp application or apply online at www.circlevranchcamp.org

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Free Summer Lunches (and Snacks) for kids



Come to the park for Free Summer Lunch!
FREE food, friends and fun! Kids and teens can get FREE meals all summer long and stay active. The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks offers FREE lunches to kids and teens ages 1 through 18* at over 100 parks starting June 12, 2017 until August 11, 2017.
To find a location nearest you, click on any of the site lists at the left or bottom of the screen or call our office directly at 818-546-2383 or 818-546-2384.
FREE Summer Lunch Program Information:
  • Meals are FREE to children and teens ages 1 through 18*.
  • FREE summer lunches help families save money.
  • The Department of Recreation and Parks is proud to participate in the Good Food Purchasing Program to offer meals that are healthy and nutritious.
  • No application or proof of income is needed. You can just bring your child to one of the participating City of Los Angeles parks in your community.
  • Please note meals must be eaten on site.
  • Food served on first come - first served basis.
  • Please note parents of children ages 1-5 may sit with their child to assist them with opening their packages. However, staff have the option to not allow parents in the eating area if Program Rules are not followed.
*NOTE: Persons with disabilities 19 years and older can also participate as long as they are enrolled in a special school district program during the school year.
Find a location near you. Click here

Crespi Film Fest to Support SVdPLA!



  • The Summer school film festival starts this week! June 30, July 7, & July 14 at Crespi. All proceeds made will go to the charity, St. Vincent De Paul Society. Admission is $8 and other snacks and merchandise will be available at the event. Spread the word, and come out and support! Click here for more information

Allen Lund Company Hosts A Christmas In July Toy Drive



Allen Lund Company (ALC) is hosting a Christmas in July Toy Drive from July 5-31 in support of Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdPLA) in Downtown, Los Angeles. ALC invites the La Cañada Flintridge community to donate toys to provide a Christmas for the severely under served families of Los Angeles.
The Christmas in July Toy Drive, sponsored by SVdPLA, will benefit a multitude of families. To date only 200 toys have been donated to provide 2,000 recipients with gifts. In December, families will receive a donated food basket as well as toys and shoes for the children.

Allen Lund Company (ALC) is hosting a Christmas in July Toy Drive from July 5-31 in support of Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdPLA) in Downtown, Los Angeles. ALC invites the La Cañada Flintridge community to donate toys to provide a Christmas for the severely under served families of Los Angeles.

The Christmas in July Toy Drive, sponsored by SVdPLA, will benefit a multitude of families. To date only 200 toys have been donated to provide 2,000 recipients with gifts. In December, families will receive a donated food basket as well as toys and shoes for the children.

"This is our fourth year working with SVdPLA and every year we've not only accomplished our goals of providing meals and toys for families, but continued to increase participation from donors," said Nora Trueblood, Director of Marketing at Allen Lund Company. "With the help of the community, we can give families the gift of Christmas this holiday season."
We are in need of new and unwrapped toys for children between the ages of 3-17. Sports equipment is also recommended, especially for older children.

For more information, please call (818) 949 - 4505

About Allen Lund Company:

Specializing as a national third-party transportation broker with nationwide offices and over 450 employees, the Allen Lund Company works with shippers and carriers across the nation to arrange dry, refrigerated (specializing in produce), and flatbed freight; additionally, the Allen Lund Company has a logistics and software division, ALC Logistics, and an International Division licensed by the FMC as an OTI-NVOCC #019872NF.  If you are interested in joining the Allen Lund Company team, please click here.

Established in 1976, the Allen Lund Company was selected as the 2015 Coca-Cola Challenger Carrier of the Year, 2016 Top IT Provider by Inbound Logistics, 2015 Top Private Company in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal, 2015 Top 100+ Software and Technology Providers, 2015 Top 100 Logistics IT Provider by Inbound Logistics, a 2014 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100, a 2014 Great Supply Chain Partner, and was placed in Transport Topics' "2014 Top 25 Freight Brokerage Firms."  The company managed over 310,000 shipments in 2015, and received the 2013 "Best in Cargo Security Award."  In 2011 the company received the TIA 3PL Samaritan Award, and the NASTC (National Association of Small Trucking Companies) named Allen Lund Company the 2010 Best Broker of the Year.  More information is available at www.allenlund.com.

Source: Allen Lund Company

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Velvet Stores' Donation Drive for SVdPLA


Velvet by Graham & Spencer's generous customers donated clothes for the needy to SVdPLA last month in Velvet's Westside LA stores, coordinated by Velvet's Culver City Store Manager Windy Zamora.  Pictured here is Windy's Assistant Store Manager, Andrew Pitts, along with SVdPLA's Deputy Director of Store Operations Carla Contreras accepting this kind donation.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Donate at a church near you!


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.

Monday, June 19, 2017

For first World Day of the Poor, Francis encourages personal encounter



.- In his message for the first World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis said that the suffering and broken bodies of the poor are where we encounter the body of Christ – and to know Christ we must know the poor.
“If we truly wish to encounter Christ, we have to touch his body in the suffering bodies of the poor, as a response to the sacramental communion bestowed in the Eucharist,” he said in his message, released June 13.
“The Body of Christ, broken in the sacred liturgy, can be seen, through charity and sharing, in the faces and persons of the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters.”
“We may think of the poor simply as the beneficiaries of our occasional volunteer work, or of impromptu acts of generosity that appease our conscience,” he continued.
Read the full article: Click here

Student Workshop to Start Your Professional Path


This is a Summer Workshop Open to all. 

You are never to young to begin building your resume. 
This event is student run at the Learning Center inside of the worlds largest thrift store all revenue that the store makes goes back into helping the community. From helping women and children attain affordable housing to ensuring that those who struggle to pay for utilities no longer have to worry as St. Vincent provides financial assistance.
Click here to register for June 23

Donate today



Make donation to @SVdPLA today and help us get people back on their feet. Schedule a donation now: 1-800-974-3571.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

SVdPLA Leadership to Community Bank Training



St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles’ top management attended a leadership training courtesy of  Community Bank today at the bank’s Pasadena headquarters, invited by the banks’ AVP, Marketing Officer, Lizette Vargas, MBA, a member of SVdPLA’s PR & Marketing Advisory Committee. The training was on leading employees from different generations, titled Bridging the Gap Between Generations, led by Jenny Ketchepaw, VP, Training Manager, Human Resources.  Thank you Community Bank! We appreciate your support of our mission serving the poor and homeless.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Sunday Donation Drop Off Locations


New donation drop off locations near you! Be sure to gather usable and small discards of household goods, clothes, electronics, appliances and misc items to drop off at a center near you!

Help Us Help Others


St. Vincent de Paul has over 140 volunteer groups in Los Angeles county helping the underserved. Make your donation and help us get people back on their feet. Schedule a donation now at 800.974.3571

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Formal Dresses Now Available At SVdPLA


Formal dresses and suits are now available at SVdPLA. Save money and look like a million bucks for prom or the next big event. Shop at SVdPLA today!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Free Summer Lunches (and Snacks) for kids



Come to the park for Free Summer Lunch!
FREE food, friends and fun! Kids and teens can get FREE meals all summer long and stay active. The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks offers FREE lunches to kids and teens ages 1 through 18* at over 100 parks starting June 12, 2017 until August 11, 2017.
To find a location nearest you, click on any of the site lists at the left or bottom of the screen or call our office directly at 818-546-2383 or 818-546-2384.
FREE Summer Lunch Program Information:
  • Meals are FREE to children and teens ages 1 through 18*.
  • FREE summer lunches help families save money.
  • The Department of Recreation and Parks is proud to participate in the Good Food Purchasing Program to offer meals that are healthy and nutritious.
  • No application or proof of income is needed. You can just bring your child to one of the participating City of Los Angeles parks in your community.
  • Please note meals must be eaten on site.
  • Food served on first come - first served basis.
  • Please note parents of children ages 1-5 may sit with their child to assist them with opening their packages. However, staff have the option to not allow parents in the eating area if Program Rules are not followed.
*NOTE: Persons with disabilities 19 years and older can also participate as long as they are enrolled in a special school district program during the school year.
Find a location near you. Click here

Pop-Up Donation Drop Off






Declutter your space and donate any unwanted items to SVdPLA at a nearby Pop-Up Donation Drop Off June 4, 2017 from 8:00am to 1:30pm.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Safety Net They Needed


Chinwe, her daughter, and Vincentians Phil and Angella

SVdPLA’s volunteers Phil and Angella Wijmer met Chinwe when she was just 24, raising and supporting a 4-year-old daughter on her own and faced with the constant fear of losing her place to live. She worked at the local school district, but struggled to keep up with a growing pile of bills.

When Phil and Angella heard Chinwe’s story, they brought her to their St. Vincent de Paul Conference of Charity. The group’s first step was to provide Chinwe with enough money to make rent; the next was to help her become self-sufficient by addressing the root of the problem.

“They provided me with rental assistance, and then they helped with food, gas, and emotional support when I needed somebody to talk to,” she said. “I spoke with Angella a lot over the phone and through email. I could call her and email her anytime.”



Phil and Angella assisted Chinwe in how to budget. Chinwe’s job gave her a raise and increased her hours. She now has the foundation for her family’s bright future.

To help SVdPLA help others, donate here.