News & Updates
Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our programs. That’s why we love to celebrate them as much as we can. On May 20, we held our annual volunteer celebration to recognize the many volunteers who work to better the lives of individuals and families who are homeless at Father Joe’s Villages.
On May 8, we debuted Shine – an animated short film about the journey to overcome homelessness. In partnership with San Diego integrated marketing agency i.d.e.a. and Golden Globe-nominated animation studio Reel FX, our film tells a story of hope intended to shift public perceptions of homelessness and inspire action.
Today, Father Joe’s Villages debuted Shine – an animated short film about the journey to overcome homelessness. In partnership with San Diego integrated marketing agency i.d.e.a. and Golden Globe-nominated animation studio Reel FX, the homeless services provider’s film tells a story of hope intended to shift public perceptions of homelessness and inspire action.
Each May, people throughout the country team up with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for Mental Health Awareness Month. Father Joe’s Villages’ staff participates by raising awareness through events (such as the NAMI walk), wearing green on Fridays and spreading the word in the San Diego community.
On March 30, I sat around a kitchen table with friends, neighbors and local leaders to talk about something big. Over the next few years, Father Joe’s Villages is going to breathe new life into underused lots and overlooked buildings, providing housing for nearly 2,500 neighbors in need.
Sleepovers, birthday parties, ice cream, movies… these experiences are out of reach for so many children who are homeless. On top of the typical stresses of adolescence, they face deep anxiety about meeting their basic needs every day, leaving less time to enjoy the carefree fun of being a kid.
A few lucky kids from our Therapeutic Childcare Program were treated to an educational adventure at Witt Lincoln’s dealership in Mission Valley. They were invited to experience the behind-the-scenes process of how the cars are made and repaired, with the added bonus of fun, gifts and luxury automobiles.
During Easter, I find myself reflecting on transformation. After the sacrifices of Lent, the message of resurrection is a reminder that even through suffering, we each can be reborn and start anew. At Father Joe’s Villages, we witness such transformations every day.
(from left to right) Nadeya Afredi, our Medical Clinic Quality Analyst; Our Medical Clinic Director Dr. Norris,; Director of the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency Nick Macchione and Our President and CEO Deacon Jim Vargas at the Live Well Awards Ceremony.
The theme of the 33rd Annual Children’s Charity Gala: Pioneering the Future presented by Witt Lincoln represents much more than the palette, favors or décor of the night. Pioneering the Future refers to a theme that lies at the very heart of Father Joe’s Villages history and mission.