Showing posts from September, 2017

Feast of St. Vincent de Paul – September 27

September 27, we celebrate the feast of St. Vincent de Paul, the patron saint of charitable societies and the apostle of Charities.

Dodgers Slump Due to Removal of Store Signs

SVdPLA General Operations Director Alfred Rodriguez blames his removal of Dodger Fan Sales Ads in the LA store for the team’s recent slump. “I made a mistake!” Rodriguez said, “I’m putting the signs back up!” Come to shop in Dodger gear for 20% off on game days. Go Dodger Blue!

Join the Friends of the Poor Walk Sept. 30, 2017!

Raise money for the needy in your local communities by walking. Register online at these locations in our council area: Hansen Dam Aquatic Center in Lakeview Terrace; Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Encino; River View Park in Buellton and St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Venice.

The Feast Day of Blessed Frederic Ozanam

Every year, on September 9th, Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul around the world celebrate the Feast Day of the founder of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Blessed Frederic Ozanam. 

Buddhists Tour SVdPLA

Buddhists from the Rosemead Buddhist Temple toured the SVdPLA Los Angeles Thrift Store and administrative offices today to better understand our mission, and to encourage collaboration between our two faiths.

UCLA Spirit Squad Serves SVdPLA

UCLA’s Spirit Squad performed a day of service last weekend at SVdPLA’s LA thrift store. They also took time to regale our shoppers and staff.  Thanks so much UCLA!

Redemption on Skid Row

Once homeless and addicted, Tyrone is known today as the Mayor of Skid Row. "I used to sleep in front of that door 30 years ago,” Tyrone says, referring to the entrance to our Cardinal Manning Center. Those words reveal a tragic chapter in his life.

Before that time, he was a family man – with three daughters he loved more than life itself. “I called them my little queens,” he shares.
He had a good job in the Pennsylvania steel mills. Then the recession hit. “They shut everything down and a lot of us lost work. Some of my coworkers committed suicide,” he explains. That’s when Tyrone’s drinking began.
Tyrone’s brother lived in Las Vegas and suggested he go there to get back on his feet. “I worked in the casinos, but I was lonely without my family,” he says. "So I’d pour myself a drink and, well…” His voice trails off as he recalls his downhill spiral.
Then someone told him about California. “Live free. Warm weather. Palm trees. I came here with the illusion that it would be f…