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Pope Francis addresses Vincentian Family Symposium in Rome

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Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! Thank you for your warm welcome, and thanks to the Superior General for introducing our meeting. I greet you and together with you I thank the Lord for the four hundred years of your charism. San Vincenzo has created a momentum of charity that lasts for centuries: a momentum that came out of his heart. For this reason today we have here the relic: the heart of St. Vincent. Today, I would like to encourage you to continue this journey, proposing three simple verbs that I believe are of great importance to the Vincentian spirit, but also for the Christian life in general: to worship, to welcome...Read full text
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Controller Ron Galperin Visits SVdPLA
LA City Controller Ron Galperin visited SVdPLA’s administrative offices and LA thrift store this week to learn more about our service to the poor and homeless and to discuss possibilities for collaboration.

How Los Angeles Catholics help the homeless

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October 20, 2017 - By Catholic News Agency
In 2016, Catholic Charities of Los Angeles and the St. Vincent de Paul Society worked together to place about 300 people in permanent housing. Though the numbers seem small compared to the problem, the beneficiaries are given a sustainable place to live and the means to stay there for the long-term. They also receive help with job placement and other support resources. Read complete article

Guardian Angel Lunch in Solvang

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First responders and camp staff were honored last weekend at the Guardian Angel Lunch in Solvang for those who saved Circle V Ranch Camp from the Whittier Fire.  
Circle V Ranch Camp Recognizes Many of Its Guardian Angels from Harrowing Whittier Fire

CBS Donates to SVdPLA

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Employees from CBS in Studio City donated 10 backpacks filled with school supplies for low-income children for St. Vincent de Paul’s backpacks giveaways, plus $980 comprised of 17 checks from employees. Thanks you CBS employees for your kindness and generosity to the poor. Photo (L to R): SVdPLA’s director of development Gina Doyle, CBS’s Irene Mejia, and SVdPLA’s director of PR & marketing Chris Sariego.

A Lending Hand, A New Start

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A hard-working single mother of a young daughter, Rhonda was devastated when the apartment they called home was disrupted by neighbors who threatened their safety. And it only got worse.
They quickly moved from the building and took up residence in a box truck Rhonda rented to store their belongings. But the cold winter nights put them at risk too. So Rhonda took her little girl to live with her grandmother until she could find them a place to stay.
You can imagine Rhonda’s heartbreak when her daughter called her crying, saying her grandma had been drinking. Not knowing what else to do, Rhonda reached out to her local St. Vincent de Paul conference. We helped her find a safe apartment and provided the first month’s rent. Then volunteers unloaded her belongings and made sure she and her little girl had everything they needed to settle into their new home.
For people like Rhonda, your gifts are a safety net that can end a downhill spiral, and be the first step to a new beginning. Please gi…