News & Updates
Ian, Kevin and James are three talented St. Vincent de Paul Village residents who get together every week to play their music picks. Along with receiving our housing, employment and case management services, the trio uses their free time to experience the healing effects of music, camaraderie and creativity.
The season of Lent is a time of reflection and renewal for me. When I was at the Village recently, Father Joe and I took some time to reflect on this important season. Father Joe and I talked about the many personal sacrifices that our neighbors in need make every day.
Our first FUNdraising event – Taste of the Village – is just around the corner. Still thinking why you should join us? Here are just some reasons to spend your March 16 evening with us. 1) Experience a paradise for your palate.
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.