News & Updates
This is a love letter. To honor St. Valentine’s Day, I am writing to you to thank you for the love you’ve shown our neighbors in need. Without you, hundreds would not eat, would not sleep in safety and would not have access to programs and resources that change lives.
Brandon, Enrique and George lived at St. Vincent de Paul Village when they heard about our Freddie Evarkiou Culinary Arts Program available to our clients passionate about cooking. Once they learned more about it from our Culinary Arts Program Instructor and Master Chef Steven Kiefer, all three knew they wanted to pursue their careers as professional chefs.
As you work on your New Year’s resolutions, we at Father Joe’s Villages are also hard at work on our goals for 2017—to help more of our neighbors who are homeless achieve new beginnings. I’d like you to meet John.
The stories of each and every person we serve are a complicated mix of heartbreak, tragedy, bad luck and, for some, bad choices. We are so proud of the life-changing support that our staff and volunteers provide and the amazing resilience and heart of each of our clients who find their way out of homelessness.
Eli is only 8 years old, but he’s no stranger to giving. Since he was 6, he has been dedicating his birthday to giving to the neighbors who are homeless. We first met Eli in 2014 when he came to the Village for a tour.
This December, we received a large generous donation from Our Lady of the Rosary Church. The charitable members of their parish worked together to create this ample collection of items. Their donation included brand-new household items for clients moving into permanent housing, Christmas decorations to inspire the holiday spirit at the Village, toys and games for our Therapeutic Childcare program and much needed clothing that will allow clients to put their best foot forward.
Peggy is one of our successful graduates from Project 25, like Joshua. It has been five years since we initiated the innovative Housing First Permanent Supportive Housing Program — Project 25. From 2011 to present, Project 25 has engaged 68 of San Diego’s single adults who struggle with severe mental health, substance abuse or significant physical health conditions and have been homeless for more than a year.
Each Thanksgiving, families across San Diego give thanks for health, good fortune and a safe place to call home. But for Jonathan, the holiday season never meant much. For years, he struggled with homelessness, addiction and a host of health issues, including blindness.
Local tradition to provide one million meals to individuals and families who are homeless
This Veterans Day, we honor those who have bravely risked their lives to defend our country. But the hard reality is that, for many of our nation’s service men and women, the risks are not over. For many veterans, returning home brings a complex set of challenges that can be overwhelming to fight.