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Organization ensures homeless have warm meals for Christmas Eve


WHAT: Father Joe’s Villages, an organization focused on ending homelessness in San Diego, will celebrate Christmas Eve with two meals for San Diego’s homeless veterans, families and children. First, Father Joe’s Villages and nearly 75 volunteers will provide a special lunch to about 1,500 homeless individuals during its public lunch line services. After serving the public lunch meal, Father Joe’s Villages and another 90 volunteers will serve almost 700 Village residents for its special Christmas Eve meal.


WHEN: Thursday, December 24, 2015

First Meal: Open to media from 11 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Second Meal: Open to media from 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


WHERE: Joan Kroc Center: 1501 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

(Check-in at the lobby on the corner of 15th and Imperial)



  • Nearly 1,500 homeless
  • Nearly 700 Village residents
  • Volunteers
  • Representatives from Father Joe’s Villages


WHY: Father Joe’s recognizes this time of year is particularly challenging for families in need and works to make sure all people experience the joy of the holidays, regardless of their financial circumstances.




As San Diego’s largest homeless services provider, Father Joe’s Villages has been empowering people to achieve self-sufficiency for 65 years. What started as a small chapel serving San Diego’s impoverished has grown into a cutting-edge provider of effective housing programs and services. Father Joe’s prepares up to 3,000 meals and works with more than 1,500 individuals every day—from infants and adolescents to adults and seniors. This includes over 200 children and over 200 military veterans. As an industry thought-leader, Father Joe’s offers solutions to address the complex needs of the homeless, regardless of age, race, culture or beliefs. The organization’s primary goal is to transform lives and end the cycle of homelessness for the more than 8,700 homeless individuals in San Diego County. To this end they provide housing, healthcare, food, clothing, education, job training and child development in an internationally modeled “one-stop-shop” approach. This mission is made possible only through the efforts of compassionate staff, dedicated volunteers, and generous public and private donors. For more information, please visit: