News & Updates

Life After the Village: John’s Life is Back on Track

John today–a business owner and a responsible citizen. John could only dream about having a warm and secure home or fresh and satisfying foods.   “When I came to St. Vincent de Paul Village, I was hopeless and broken,” John shared.

A Young Donor Gives to Others on His Special Day

November 24 was a special and historical day at the Village–we had the honor to meet one exceptional young man and his family. His name is Eli, and that day he turned 6 years old.   Despite the fact that it was his birthday, it was the Village that received a gift.

Life After The Village: Jack’s Journey from Homeless to The Village Chef

Story by Yana Titova   I heard that Jack had an interesting Village story, but before interviewing him, I had no idea how many life adventures this joyful and well-spoken man had.   It was captivating to hear about his globetrotting stories around 40 countries while he was in the military and his memorable years in Germany and Asia.

Jim, A Veteran, Says Thanks

There were so many things stacked against me when I came home from Iraq. With my injury and the economy the way it was, I just couldn’t keep up. My headaches were so intense – blinding flashes of pain–I took to drinking to numb the pain.

From Homeless to Homebuilder

As I watch my kids laughing and roughhousing on our living room floor, I’m thrown back to my childhood and the distance that existed between these everyday moments and the life I lived.   At no more than five years old, an image burns in my memory of my mom and her friends, nearly zombies in their drug-addicted states.

Steven Finds Home & Job Just Months After Thinking He Preferred Jail to the Streets

Father Joe’s Villages makes every effort to end homelessness in San Diego one life at a time. It’s often easy to let the big picture of ending homelessness distract us from the day-to-day successes we see around the Village. For that reason, we’ve created a blog series called “Life After the Village” to share some of the amazing, heart-warming stories of former residents that inspire us to continue our mission.