FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Father Joe’s Villages Homeless Teen Resident to Sing National Anthem at the San Diego Padres versus Cincinnati Reds Game
FJV CEO and President Sister Patricia “Tricia” Cruise to Throw the First Pitch
A Portion of the Game’s Proceeds Will Benefit Father Joe’s Villages
SAN DIEGO, CA – July 2, 2012 – Father Joe’s Villages announced today that Monserrat Lopez, a 17 year-old homeless teen resident at Toussaint Academy (a division of Father Joe’s Villages’ St. Vincent de Paul Village), will sing the National Anthem to open the San Diego Padres vs. Cincinnati Reds game on July 6, 2012 at Petco Park. Father Joe’s Villages President and CEO Sister Patricia “Tricia” Cruise will throw out the first pitch. A portion of the game’s proceeds will benefit Father Joe’s Villages. Pre-game ceremonies begin at 6:15 p.m.
Additional pre-game ceremonies include homeless children residents of Father Joe’s Villages partner agency St. Vincent de Paul Village to yell, “play ball” and to announce a lead off batter.
“Monserrat is an example of a true at-risk youth success story,” said Sister Tricia. “Our homeless and at-risk teens have faced unimaginable challenges. Toussaint Academy has been a haven for such teens since 1992. Our teen residents live and learn in a supportive group setting, gaining the life skills necessary to graduate high school and become self-sufficient, successful young adults. We couldn’t be more thrilled to see Monserrat exploring her dreams.”
Monserrat is a Toussaint Academy resident of two years. She is an honor student at San Diego High. Monserrat plays in a band at her school, and is involved in an international studies program. She enjoys swimming and badminton. “Living in the group home I have connections with different talent shows,” said Monserrat. “I usually sing three or four songs for each event so the Toussaint staff knows that I like to sing. One day they asked me how I would feel if I could perform the National Anthem at a Padres game. At first, I thought they were teasing me. It then hit me that they were serious. I’m really excited and nervous but happy that I have this opportunity.” To see Monserrat perform, please view:
Father Joe’s Villages and its partner agencies offer innovative solutions to address the complex needs of the homeless, regardless of age, race, culture or beliefs. As an industry thought-leader, The organization’s primary goal is to transform lives and end the cycle of homelessness. To this end they provide food, clothing, housing, healthcare, education, job training and child development in an internationally modeled “one-stop-shop” approach. The organization’s mission is made possible only through the efforts of compassionate staff, dedicated volunteers, and generous public and private donors. To purchase tickets to the game, please visit www.padres.com/promo and enter the code FATHERJOE.
About Father Joe’s Villages
Father Joe’s Villages® is a San Diego-based nonprofit that helps homeless neighbors in need regain their independence, through a unique life-changing program that is nationally recognized and modeled for its effectiveness. The organizations groundbreaking approach to rehabilitation, known as the “University of the Human Spirit,” addresses the underlying causes of homelessness to break the cycle and help thousands of people become responsible, self-sufficient, productive citizens and pass their regained independence and life skills on to their children and families. When we help one person, we help generations of families and communities. For more information, please visit: http://www.neighbor.org
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