OUR STORIES

At Father Joe’s Villages, we’ve seen lives transformed, hope renewed and dignity restored. Read the real stories of the people we’ve served.
Investing in Children: Patrick Strives for a Better Life for His Family

Investing in Children: Patrick Strives for a Better Life for His Family

A father of seven children, Patrick always worked extra hard to support his family. However, after being let go from his job as a Lead Electronic Assembly Specialist, Patrick became unable to pay his rent and he and his family ended up losing their home. When they became homeless, Father Joe’s Villages was there to offer support and resources.

How Housing Helps Families in Need: Michelle’s Story

How Housing Helps Families in Need: Michelle’s Story

Even when her family was homeless, Michelle’s resiliency and courage helped her family shine. Now, she and her children have found incredible educational, employment and life success. Learn about how Michelle and her family thrived with help from Father Joe’s Villages.

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A Fresh Start: Alejandro Cooks Up a Better Future

A Fresh Start: Alejandro Cooks Up a Better Future

At Father Joe’s Villages, we believe in the potential of our clients. Our sector-based vocational training programs, including our long-standing Culinary Arts Program, open the door to a new, hopeful future for individuals like Alejandro. Shelter from the Storm A San...

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Health and Homelessness: Elizabeth’s Story

Health and Homelessness: Elizabeth’s Story

For those struggling to pay rent, a serious illness or disability can quickly cause a downward spiral into homelessness. When Elizabeth contracted Bacterial Meningitis, her entire world fell apart. Father Joe’s Villages helped her put the pieces back together. The...

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NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS BLOG

The Stigma of Addiction and Substance Abuse Disorder

The Stigma of Addiction and Substance Abuse Disorder

The treatment of “addiction” has always been somewhat controversial. Only in recent decades have doctors and the public come to accept substance use disorder as a medical condition rather than a moral failing that should be punished with incarceration and stigma. To...

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Mental Health Awareness Month – Break the Stigma

Mental Health Awareness Month – Break the Stigma

Every day, Father Joe’s Villages’ staff encourage mental health awareness within the community, but our efforts are even more critical during Mental Health Awareness Month. Each May, mental health service providers across the country team up for Mental Health...

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Mother’s Day Gifts That Give Back and Help End Homelessness

Mother’s Day Gifts That Give Back and Help End Homelessness

Mother’s Day is celebrated every year on the second Sunday of May. And for a good reason. A mother’s love is unlike any other. It is genuine and unconditional. We try our hardest to show how much we love them as often as we can, but Mother's Day allows us to exert...

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Homelessness and Dental Health Care

Homelessness and Dental Health Care

Dental health issues are prevalent among individuals experiencing homelessness, who often don’t have the resources to contribute to proper dental health care.  Without access to oral hygiene products and regular trips to the dentist, some neighbors lose more than...

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What is Almsgiving and How to Give Alms?

What is Almsgiving and How to Give Alms?

Lent is a solemn period of six weeks leading up to Easter. A major part of Lent is almsgiving, which is donating one’s time, money, and possessions to those who are less fortunate. Let’s explore the significance of Lent and what makes Father Joe’s Villages an ideal...

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Do Those Experiencing Homelessness Have to Pay Taxes?

Do Those Experiencing Homelessness Have to Pay Taxes?

*This article uses phrases that Father Joe’s Villages typically elects not to use such as “homeless person” instead of “people experiencing homelessness”. We included this language in the questions to reflect the casual language that people typically use when...

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What is the Cost of Homelessness?

What is the Cost of Homelessness?

Whether the cost of homeless services perfectly offsets the cost of homelessness, the benefit of helping others is worthy of investment. Learn more!

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California Homelessness Statistics

California Homelessness Statistics

Each night more than half a million people in the United States are experiencing homelessness. While this housing crisis spans the entire country, the rate of homelessness in California is much higher than the national average.

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