Ending Homelessness One Life At A Time
Connie was an alcoholic, broke and pregnant. Through the Village’s Addiction Treatment Center and job training program, Connie got sober, found a job and is now “building a life worth living”.
Father Joe’s Villages has helped thousands of people get back on their feet. From infants to seniors, Veterans and the elderly, the issue of homelessness and poverty impacts all demographics. Father Joe’s Villages is changing lives by giving hope, dignity, empowerment and most of all compassion that comes in the form of a warm meal, a safe place to sleep and a friendly face. Father Joe’s board chair, Mike Schleyhahn is leading the way in solving our city’s homeless crises.
10 Things About Mike Schleyhahn & Father Joe’s Villages
#1 I grew up in Springfield, Illinois.
#2 I’ve been happily married to my wife, Celia, for 36 years. We have three sons, Aaron, Adam and Alex, daughter-in-law Rose (Adam’s wife) and two beautiful grandchildren, Clara and John Michael.
#3 My first job was working in my father’s automotive machine shop running the steam cleaner. It was a dirty job to say the least…
#4 I’m definitely a dog person. We have two standard poodles; Roscoe and Tulip.
#5 The best advice I have been given is that you’re never as good as you think you are and conversely, you’re never as bad. As simple as this is, it helps me keep things in perspective.
#6 It’s important to me that I leave a simple legacy. One that clearly shows that I used my leadership abilities and talents to help others and make a positive difference in their lives.
#7 Matthew 25 is core to me: For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you made me welcome….
#8 I have always admired Father Joe and his lifetime work to end homelessness. When I was approached by Steve Francis, former Chairman of the Board of Father Joe’s Villages, I saw this as my opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to help end homelessness in San Diego.
#9 We recently helped a family who became homeless after a car accident resulted in the parent’s inability to work and an extraordinary amount of medical bills. We provided the family with housing, medical care, therapeutic childcare, job training, and placement, so they could get their lives back.
#10 Father Joe’s Villages Thanksgiving Day 5k raises critical funds to support our meals program, which provides 3,000 meals a day and more than 1 million meals each year for people in need. The 5k is a San Diego tradition that shows this community at its absolute best!
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