Showing posts from August, 2017

So Pasadena Conference’s “Meal of Love"

Always looking for new ways to serve, the SVdPLA Conference of Charity at Holy Family Catholic Church in South Pasadena brought children and adult residents at Pasadena’s Ronald McDonald House a chicken fingers and ham dinner in a program called "Meals of Love" August 24, 2017.  The conference even brought cake and ice cream for dessert, much to the joy of the children present – many with challenging medical problems.

“Some organizations drop off the food and leave,” said conference member John Sanchez. “We like to have dinner with them. It’s a nice feeling.” Sanchez said most of the house residents are from out of the country, seeking medical procedures at Huntington Hospital for their kids, and speak only Spanish. “We made sure they had Spanish speakers,” he said. “They felt as if they were having a meal with friends or family.” 
“We get more out of it then we give,” said conference member and SVdPA board member Bill Cullinane. “We serve, eat and talk with them. I think t…

Haddad Brands, Shoe Palace and SVdPLA Backpacks Giveaway

Haddad Brands, Shoe Palace and St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles gave 150  Jordan backpacks with school supplies to low-income children over the weekend for Back to School!

Circle V Ranch Camp & Retreat Center to Rebuild

1,000 Summer Session Campers & 1,800 Retreat Center Guests Displaced Through May 2018
On Saturday, July 8, 2017, the Whittier wildfire began in Santa Barbara County and burned through nearby St. Vincent de Paul Circle V Ranch Camp & Retreat Center.
David Fields, Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles, announced, “We are so very grateful that all 88 campers and 36 staff members present on July 8th were evacuated safely during the wildfire. However, the Craft Lodge and Health Lodge cabins burned to the ground, and our water treatment facility and pipes were seriously damaged requiring months of repairs estimated at more than $200,000. With no water, all remaining summer camp sessions had to be cancelled. The timing could not be worse since the wildfire has deprived almost 1,000 campers ages 7-16 of this positive, uplifting six day/five night experience in nature creating memories for a lifetime.”
Additionally, dozens of groups planning to stay at the Camp’s Retr…

Celebrate Vinyl Records Day at SVdPLA!

Vinyl record donor Robert de la Torre worked for Capitol Records and owns over 1,000 records. He’s been donating vinyl to SVdPLA for over 10 years: jazz to flamenco to Italian and everything in between! Some of his favorites include Louis Armstrong, Carlos Gardel, Billie Holiday, and Frank Sinatra.  Shop for vinyl at our LA store for Vinyl Records Day, Saturday, August 12, 2017 for 99 cent albums - and think of donors like Robert when you do.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles Thrift Store

Visit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles Thrift Store today! See what it's all about click here

A Home Of His Own

Our Ventura County Center team; SVdP Housing Specialist Nicholas Starkey on left.
For four years, Hector had nowhere to call home. The occasional night or two spent in one shelter or another were all Hector could really hope for, as his prospects of finding housing waned with each passing year.
In the Winter of 2014, Hector had been sleeping on the streets in near freezing temperatures for almost a month when he decided to seek refuge at the St. Vincent de Paul Winter Warming Shelter in Oxnard. That was where Hector met Nicholas Starkey, a trained social worker and housing specialist headquartered at SVdPLA’s Ventura County Center.
Nicholas worked vigilantly to get Hector into permanent housing, and in early 2016 his efforts paid off when Hector settled into his new apartment. “We got Hector ready, took him to meet the landlord and got everything squared away,” Nicholas said. “So he was able to get into his own single room apartment and he’s been there for about a year.”
Nicholas continue…