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Syracuse University Men's Basketball Team to Join Father Joe’s Villages in Honoring San Diego’s Homeless Veterans  

Orangemen to Volunteer at a Veterans Weekend Brunch Event the Day Before the “Battle on the Midway” Basketball Game Between Syracuse and San Diego State University in Honor of Veterans Day 

SAN DIEGO, CA - November 8, 2012 – Father Joe’s Villages today announced that the Syracuse University men's basketball team, along with the team’s coaches, cheerleaders and mascot, will join the organization to honor San Diego’s homeless veteran neighbors in need. A Veterans Weekend brunch event will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Village’s Joan Kroc Center dining room—the day before Syracuse takes on San Diego State University in the “Battle on the Midway” on the U.S.S. Midway in honor of Veterans Day. The Veterans Weekend brunch event will include a color guard presentation, remarks by Father Joe’s Villages President and CEO Sister Patricia “Tricia” Cruise, food served by the Syracuse team, and autograph signings. Father Joe's Villages serves over 200 military veterans through its specialized veterans programs.

Veterans Day Brunch Event
Where:  St. Vincent de Paul Village
                   1501 Imperial Ave.
                   San Diego, Ca 92101

When: Saturday November 10, 2012
            9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

“San Diego is home to the nation's largest number of veterans transitioning from wartime duty,” said Sister Tricia. “There are 28,000 veterans in San Diego that leave the military each year who must reintegrate back into civilian life. The transition can be difficult for some, particularly if they suffer from disability connected to their service. Father Joe’s Villages is helping our veteran neighbors in need regain their self-sufficiency with innovative programs designed specifically for homeless veterans, including housing, job training, education, healthcare, and more. We commend the Syracuse men’s basketball team for their support in raising visibility for this cause.” 

Father’s Joe’s Villages’ St. Vincent De Paul Village, in partnership with Veterans Village San Diego (VVSD), is the frontline provider in the southern half of San Diego County of the Veterans Homelessness Prevention Demonstration Program (VHPD). An innovative program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), VHPD aims to prevent military veterans from falling into homelessness—heading off the problem before it happens. This year the program has served 89 veterans and their families, far more than the target goal of 50. All of these veterans would be homeless if it wasn’t for VHPD. Additionally, St. Vincent de Paul Village in partnership with VVSD provides the Village Veterans Program, a specialized case management program for the military veterans it serves. These veterans are assigned to a veteran’s team and work with case managers toward achieving permanent housing and income. The Village Veterans Program is made possible by a per diem grant from the VA.

In honor of Veteran's Day, the “Battle on the Midway” will take place on the U.S.S. Midway on Sunday, November 11, 2012. The retired Midway is permanently docked within walking distance of the Gaslamp district, and offers views of downtown and the bay. The game will take place outdoors on a court that has been built on the flight deck of the ship. 

As Southern California’s largest residential homeless services provider, Father Joe’s Villages and partner agency St. Vincent de Paul Village have been empowering people to achieve self-sufficiency for over 62 years. What started as a small chapel serving San Diego’s impoverished has grown into a cutting-edge provider of innovative housing programs and services. Father Joe’s Villages and St. Vincent de Paul Village prepare up to 4,000 meals and provide a continuum of care to nearly 1,500 individuals every day—from infants and adolescents to adults and seniors. This includes over 200 children and over 200 military veterans. As industry thought-leaders, the two agencies offer innovative solutions to address the complex needs of the homeless, regardless of age, race, culture or beliefs. The organizations’ primary goal is to transform lives and end the cycle of homelessness. To this end they provide housing, healthcare, food, clothing, education, job training and child development in an internationally modeled “one-stop-shop” approach. The organizations’ mission is made possible only through the efforts of compassionate staff, dedicated volunteers, and generous public and private donors. For more information, please visit:


Douglas Wagner

 Melanie Venter


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