Employment & Education Services

Educational and Employment services
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About Employment & Education Services

Employment & Education Services is located on the campus of St. Vincent de Paul Village. Our employment programs are specifically designed to address the unique needs of individuals and families who are homeless.


Helping our clients find work is one of the most important ways that Father Joe’s Villages helps people break the cycles of homelessness and poverty. It is only with a stable income that adults can pay rent and provide for themselves and their families. With the help of our Employment and Education Services (EES) Program, the men and women we serve are empowered to rebuild their lives and reclaim a bright future.


Our EES Program serves over 1,500 people each year, including people living in Interim and Transitional Housing on St. Vincent de Paul Village’s campus, people participating in Father Joe’s Village’s Rapid Rehousing and Permanent Supportive Housing programs, and community members through the San Diego Day Center for Homeless Adults.

97% of clients who participated in the program increased their employability.

Our employment services focus on the specific skills and tools needed to find employment in today’s job market and are tailored to the unique needs and circumstances of homeless people. We help clients complete job applications, host job fairs, and connect job seekers directly with employers. To provide clients with the employment skills they need, we offer a full range of classes, including basic computer skills, resume writing, and interview preparation. Our staff help people develop and achieve their employment goals by providing access to:


  • Phones, printers and email
  • Computer instruction
  • Online application tutorials
  • Resume and job interview preparation
  • Job placement
  • Financial management budgeting and other life skills classes
  • Homeless Court and more.

At Father Joe’s Villages, we believe in the dignity and potential of each man and woman we serve, and we know that, for many, finding employment is the first step toward ending homelessness. By helping our clients gain marketable skills and education, we help them re-enter the workforce, reclaim their independence and thrive.

73% of clients who received targeted employment-related services in 2016 obtained employment.

Skills and Training Enhancement Programs (STEPs)

In 2017, Employment and Education Services introduced STEPs to provide on-the-job training, mentorship and confidence building and skills certification to clients. STEPs provides the practical education and vocational training clients need to qualify and apply for employment.


STEPs currently prepares clients for employment in these highly-employable industries:


  • Maintenance
  • Custodial
  • Laundry Tech
  • Prep Cooking
  • Dishwasher Tech
  • Culinary Arts
  • Security
  • Stewardship
  • Retail
  • Landscape
  • Warehouse
  • Barista
  • Property Management
  • Bicycle Repair

The Freddie Evarkiou Culinary Arts Program (CAP)

The Culinary Arts Program is an accelerated 14-week course taught by a professional culinary instructor that provides the skills needed to work successfully in commercial, restaurant and private kitchens.

In 2016, 75% of CAP graduates got jobs in local restaurants. 100% of them were hired at more than minimum wage.

Guard Card Training

Guard Card Training enables people to pursue careers as private security officers and guards. Students are taught by our certified security officers and benefit from state-required courses that prepare them to complete certification and seek work immediately.