Monday, April 21, 2014
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We Want Your E-Waste!

WasteNot locally and ethically recycles your throw-away electronics. Divert them from the landfill and provide opportunities for employment in Oakland.

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SVdP Mission Note

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County provides direct assistance to anyone in need in Alameda county. Our emphasis is on volunteer-driven, one-to-one assistance, in collective fellowship and spiritual growth.
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Moving Forward

Robert's story
Robert shares his story how he came to the Kitchen of Champions culinary training program. Watch the YouTube video here. 

Avana’s story
Avana had a tough childhood and emancipated herself at age 15. She completed her GED at age 15 but couldn’t afford college and had a hard time finding work. She was battling depression when a cousin suggested she visit.


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News and Events

Have You Received Your Spring Newsletter?

The new edition of the Vincentian Quarterly was mailed to homes in March. If you did not receive your copy, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 510.877.9250. The Spring Vincentian Quarterly is also available online and can be found under the News & Events Tab.

Interested in volunteering to help us at the Easter Open House event?

The Easter Open House will be held at the downtown Oakland campus on Saturday, April 19th from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Our doors will be open and we will be offering a fun filled day of activities for pre-registered, local children and families. We have lots of opportunities available from face-painting and game supervision, to decorating eggs and helping children "build their own Easter baskets". To join in the fun and sign up to volunteer, contact Rosa Baeza at 510-877-9252 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Altered Paintings 2 Opening Reception at Redux April 11th

Join us Friday April 11th from 6pm - 9pm at Redux Studios and Gallery for our opening reception for our new exhibit, Altered Paintings 2. Over 80 local artists are participating. See more here.

The premise was simple: choose a piece of mass-produced thrift store art, modify it to your satisfaction, and return the work to be exhibited in our gallery.  The project represents the larger purpose of Redux and illustrates how interesting ideas can support a larger social mission and dialogue. Redux is organized around the principles of creative reuse and helps fund St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County’s important social programs. The Altered Paintings Project, like Redux, also meets people where they are, both in terms of interest and ability. Most importantly, it demonstrates that great things are possible when communities come together. Redux Studios and Gallery is located at 2315 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda and is open Monday through Sunday, 11:00 am to 6:30 pm. For more details visit us on Facebook or call 510-865-1109.

Former Google Chef Now Serving Up Help For Those In Need

SVdP’s own Chef Peter Callis and the Kitchen of Champions culinary training program were featured on the Bay Area Proud with Garvin Thomas segment of NBC’s Bay Area evening news. The segment covers Chef Peter’s involvement and what he enjoys most about working with the culinary students in addition to shinning a spotlight on the Kitchen of Champions training program. See more here.

Program Highlights

The Kitchen of Champions is Recruiting Students for the April Session!
The Kitchen of Champions Culinary Training Program is a full-time, 12 week training program that provides culinary arts training, professional development and job search support. The training prepares trainees for entry-level positions in food service and is offered FREE of charge to qualifying, low income residents of Alameda County. There is still time to join the next session starting Tuesday, April 1st - Saturday, June 21st. For more information and application forms, call (510) 877-9212/(510) 877-9256 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Visit the Kitchen of Champions blog
See what our culinary students are cooking, and share the link, too! Click here.

A Jefferson Award for Volunteer Janet Waring, RN
Long time volunteer Janet Waring, RN , was recognized for her service at SVdP by CBS Bay Area affiliate KPIX and presented a Jefferson Award for her decades of work with the underserved in Alameda County.
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