Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Give the Gift of Hope

Remember our neighbors this holiday season. Your gift provides hope and assistance to families in need.

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"Neighbors helping Neighbors" is the heart of everything we do. Are you ready to lend a hand to your neighbor in need?

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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

Consider Donating a Turkey to the Dining Room!
At this time of year we are in need turkeys for the Thanksgiving and Christmas meal that will be served in our Free Dining Room. You can donate a turkey Tuesday - Saturday at our downtown Oakland Dining Room. For more information call 510-385-8926.  

Support SVdP's Annual One Warm Coat Drive!  
We are collecting gently worn warm coats and jackets now through December 30th.  Coats can be dropped off at any of our store locations as well as the Community Center near downtown Oakland at 2272 San Pablo Ave or our District Office located at 9235 San Leandro St., Oakland.  For more information or to organize a drive on our behalf, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or
call 510-877-9254.  Help us keep our community warm this season.

Currently on Exhibit at Redux - "Portraits" - Dec. 12th - Feb. 8th  
Redux Studios & Gallery is proud to present new works by 2014 SVdP Artist in Residence Emma Webster. In this exhibit, mixed media artworks freely combine disparate forms, colors, and textures in a new exploration of portraiture. Her portraits, a fusion of reclaimed materials and nostalgia, relate layers of narratives; they represent former owners of the objects, figures from the artist’s memory, and the Oakland community at large.. See more here.

Shop Online and Support SVdP!
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate .05% of the purchase price on eligible purchases made at AmazonSmile to SVdP. Amazon pays all expenses of the AmazonSmile Foundation; they are not deducted from the donation amounts generated by purchases on AmazonSmile. To get started just click on this link Your shopping experience will be the same, but your purchase will put a smile on someone else's face too!

Program Highlights

The Kitchen of Champions is Recruiting Students for our 2015 Cohorts!
We are currently accepting applications for the  2015 Kitchen of Champions training program sessions.  The 42st cohort begins Tuesday, January 6th, 2015.

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. For more information and to learn more about eligibility, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (510) 877-9212.

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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