Friday, October 9, 2015

"I beg Our Lord that in all things He may be your all!"
- St. Vincent de Paul

“¡Le pido a nuestro Señor que en todas las cosas, El sea lo más importante!”
-San Vicente de Paul

Today, I will spend some quality time with you, Lord,
thanking you for all the gifts and blessings you have given me.

Hoy pasaré un bonito tiempo contigo, Señor,
agradeciéndote por todos los regalos y bendiciones que me has dado.


Vincentian Services Department
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles

Thursday, October 8, 2015

SVdPLA Backpacks Giveaway on Telemundo

"Reputation is but an empty bubble when it is not founded on truth,
and when established on this basis, it has nothing to fear."
- St. Vincent de Paul

“La reputación es solamente una burbuja vacía cuando no está fundada en la verdad,
y cuando se establece en esta base, no tiene nada que temer.”

-San Vicente de Paul

Lord, it isn't easy to be totally honest and truthful in today's world.
Help me to value integrity more than gain of any sort.

Señor, no es fácil ser totalmente honesto y veraz en el mundo de hoy.
Ayúdame a valorar la integridad más que ganancias de cualquier tipo.

Vincentian Services Department
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

What doesn't go good with a perfectly broken in Levis jacket?! We found so many good possibilities while looking for our #stvinnythriftlover example outfit. Enter the contest and win $125 in gift cards!

To enter the contest: stop by the store, lay out a unique menswear outfit, and upload the photo you take to your Facebook with the contest hashtag‪#‎stvinnythriftlover‬

We have conveniently placed a platform in the front of the store for you to take the photo.

Have fun, be creative and style away!

‪#‎svdpla‬ ‪#‎thriftlover‬ ‪#‎stvinnnythriftlover‬ ‪#‎thriftstorecontest‬ ‪#‎contest‬ ‪#‎thrift‬‪#‎thrifting‬ ‪#‎thrifter‬ ‪#‎thriftstore‬ ‪#‎thriftshopping‬ ‪#‎XploreLA‬ ‪#‎lincolnhieghts‬‪ #‎dwtnla‬

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Holy Name of Jesus School Says Thank You to SVdPLA

Entertaining Angels on Skid Row

By Hannah Petcovic

While I could fill this entire newsletter with insights gained in my short time in the job, my most impactful lesson is that the paths to homelessness are innumerable. In four months, I have listened to testimonies about prison, gangs, relocation from across the country and across the worlds, undiagnosed mental illness, job loss, loss of a family member, cocaine, alcohol, methamphetamine, child abuse, intellectual disabilities, and even one gentlemen who wanted to “try out the hobo thing.”

At the Cardinal Manning Center (CMC), you may be the first person to teach a client about saving money. You may be called to help as someone plonks out the first email they’ve ever written in their life. One client may need immigration-related legal services, and another, some time to play Ping-Pong. And sometimes, you may stop all of this and let God do the work.

I once met with a resident for months to work on housing applications. The final process was a random room number assignment. “Miss Hannah,” he told me, “I’ve been praying for a room on the top floor, facing the back.”  Today, he watches the sunrise from this precise location every morning!

A recent CMC graduate we helped into housing recently wrote this in a letter:

“As you know tomorrow is my last day at the Cardinal Manning Center…I am looking for words bigger than ‘thank you’ to say to you and the staff. Had I not been accepted to the Cardinal Manning Center there was a very good chance something very bad might have happened to me. Your job is way bigger than being professional. You’re in the business of saving lives. You’ve saved mine.”
In serving each person who finds his way here, I think of this verse from Hebrews 13:2: “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

October Menswear Contest

The October #stvinnythriftlover Menswear contest has begun! Here's how to enter: Go to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul thrift store, in L.A. Pick out an awesome menswear outfit with at least three items. Snap a photo at the platform (in the store). Post it to your Instagram or Facebook with the #stvinnythriftlover hashtag! The winner will receive $100 to #SVdPLA and $25 to #thriftlover. Winner chosen and announced Nov 1st.

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