Olde Fashioned Christmas celebration kicks-off with toy drive for Father Joe’s Villages
WHAT: This holiday season, you can ice skate under the stars for a great cause. The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe opens its 2nd Annual Olde Fashioned Christmas celebration with warm welcomes and thanks from Father Joe’s Villages. The grand opening of North County’s Christmas headquarters features the ice rink’s ribbon cutting, lighting the 20-foot Christmas tree, a toy drive for the kids at Father Joe’s and holiday fun for all.
The ice rink remains open through January 4, with a percent of proceeds benefiting Father Joe’s.
- 5:00 p.m. – Deacon Jim Vargas performs ribbon cutting for ice skating rink
- 5:30 p.m. – Santa makes his grand entrance
- 6:00 p.m. – Tree lighting ceremony
- Deacon Jim Vargas, president and CEO of Father Joe’s Villages
- Folks of all ages donating toys for homeless children
- Families enjoying the new ice rink
WHERE: 5951 Linea del Cielo, Rancho Santa Fe, California 92067
WHY: More than 8,700 people in San Diego experience homelessness on a daily basis; nearly 2,000 of those people are families that won’t have a place to call home during the holidays. Community support from businesses like the Inn at Rancho Sana Fe is a critical component of Father Joe’s mission to end homelessness one life at a time.
ABOUT FATHER JOE’S VILLAGES
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: http://www.neighbor.org.