Tuesday, August 29, 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 they appreciate the company as much as the meal.” Conference members found another way to serve during the meal, discovering one parent had a broken suitcase, which presented her with challeges returning home. “We were able to bring her a suitcase the next day,” Sanchez smiled.

Monday, August 21, 2017

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!

Friday, August 11, 2017

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 Retreat Center from September 2017 through May 2018 have been cancelled resulting in the displacement of more than 1,800 guests.

Fields emphasized, “We are cleaning up and rebuilding Circle V Ranch Camp & Retreat Center. We look forward to welcoming everyone back in June 2018. We thank all our guardian angels who have been so supportive throughout this incredibly challenging time. We appreciate all donations to help with this effort at our secure, online site https://svdpla.org/donate/rebuild-camp/

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.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A Home Of His Own

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 continues to watch over and check in on Hector in his new home, where Hector finally has the dignity and independence he had lost hope of finding again.

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