New Beginnings At Father Joe’s Villages

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For most, the New Year is a time of resolutions, fresh starts and hope for the future. Everyone could use a fresh start and with your help, it can also be a time of new beginnings for neighbors in need.
At Father Joe’s Villages, the approach is to provide the resources and wrap-around programs that people experiencing homelessness need to be self-sufficient on their journey. These programs and services aim to end their homelessness for good – offering safe shelter, nutritious food, physical and behavioral healthcare, employment services and much more. These comprehensive services are even more critical at a time when the number of people experiencing homelessness is rising. For every 10 people who exit, 13 neighbors enter homelessness. The need is great, and to address it, they need your help.


A shelter is not a home. This is why comprehensive services are offered, customized to each person’s specific needs, focused on overcoming the obstacles to secure permanent housing. Securing affordable housing is a challenge that each client faces. Father Joe’s housing navigators work with local landlords to secure housing. The Turning the Key Initiative remains committed to providing 2,000 affordable units in San Diego. With Saint Teresa of Calcutta Villa fully leased and providing permanent homes for more than 500 people, their attention is focused on several housing communities currently in pre-development.
For some, the greatest obstacle may be finding employment offering a livable wage. By participating in their vocational training programs, our neighbors have secured jobs working as forklift operators, construction and maintenance technicians, sous chefs and line cooks, property managers and security guards.
Every child deserves a happy and healthy life. Therapeutic Childcare services help build strong families and brighter futures. Services are dedicated to preparing children who are homeless for success by integrating behavioral, developmental and clinical services.
Child development and After-school programs allow children to have a safe place to do their homework and build essential skills children need. Skills like how to cope with tough situations, trusting others, resolve conflict, think independently and control reactions. In addition, these programs provide parental support in family therapy as well as care while their parents are looking for employment.
For others, the greatest obstacle may be addressing health issues including behavioral health challenges and substance use disorder. Through the Village Health Center, neighbors in need can access medication-assisted treatment to help minimize cravings and reduce their substance use. Father Joe’s Behavioral Health clinicians work one-on-one with patients offering support and guidance as they work through years of deeply-rooted challenges and trauma.
New beginnings, fresh starts, another chance. Father Joe’s wrap-around approach to building self-sufficiency will prevent neighbors from falling back into homelessness one life at a time.
Your donation will help continue to provide resources and services to the growing number of people who lack housing in our community. And your generosity is the perfect way to kick off a new year of commitment, compassion, and community. Bring hope to an individual or family in need this year by donating today.

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Esteban Villanueva