Ruth Bruland, Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul Village, has worked for Father Joe’s Villages since 2002. Ruth was a parish pastor within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America but left parish ministry to train as a Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Administration intern before becoming the founding Executive Director of the Las Vegas Interfaith Hospitality Network, an emergency shelter program for families. Through this program Ruth became acquainted with Father Joe and Harvey Mandel, which eventually led to her becoming the Executive Director of Father Joe’s MASH Village, a then-sister program to St. Vincent de Paul Village.
In 2002, after Father Joe withdrew as operator of MASH Village, Ruth moved to San Diego where she became the Division Director of St. Vincent de Paul Village.
In 2012, she became Executive Director of the Village and in this capacity is responsible to the President/CEO for all of the St. Vincent de Paul Village programming occurring in San Diego.