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San Diego Day Center

Adult Men & Women

299 17th St, San Diego

Father Joe’s Villages

Joan Kroc Center


1501 Imperial Ave, San Diego


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.
Transforming Futures: David’s Story

Transforming Futures: David’s Story

When David started attending preschool at our Therapeutic Childcare Center, he was aggressive towards other kids: pushing and hitting were some of his primary communication tools. David and his family were homeless for more than a year before entering Father Joe’s Villages family program and enrolling in our Therapeutic Childcare Center. After participating in occupational therapy, dyadic therapy with his dad and receiving intensive one-on-one support David is now thriving.
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Serving Up Hope: Preston & Kendra’s Story

At Father Joe’s Villages, we believe in the potential of our clients, and we know employment is often the first step toward ending homelessness. Our Employment & Education Services and our vocational training programs open the door to a new, hopeful future which is why these programs are so important for people like Preston & Kendra.
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Welcoming Neighbors Home: Sebastian’s Story

After decades of drug use and 15 years living on the streets barely managing to survive, Sebastian, age 65, finally took control of his life and got the help he needed. With apartment rents at an all-time high, Father Joe’s Village Rapid Rehousing program was able to help Sebastian get into an apartment and establish himself in his new home.
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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.
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Love in the Time of Homelessness

Stephen and Nina have persevered through addiction and homelessness. Now, they look to create a better future for their family. Together, Nina, Stephen and their children have overcome many obstacles. Around Valentine’s Day, the world becomes saturated with flowers,...

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Finding Light in the Shadow of Loss

After she lost her husband and her housing and later became paralyzed, Father Joe's Villages was there to help Rebecca stay housed and off the streets through permanent housing. The Beginning: A Sudden Loss Rebecca was planning to spend the rest of her life with her...

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Featured Donors: John & Joyce Veskerna

John and Joyce Veskerna have been supporters of Father Joe's Villages 1985. Learn why they trust Father Joe's Villages with their donations and how they encourage others to get involved through monthly giving, volunteering or a legacy gift. Meet John & Joyce John...

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“A New Sense of Life”: Chuck’s Story

When you support Father Joe's Villages, you support kindness without judgment, forgiveness for those lost in the darkness, and love for the sick, the poor and the hungry. Your compassion allows us to save lives and offer new light to neighbors like Chuck. Chuck has...

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5 Stories to Help Your Resolutions Stick

Every day, our neighbors overcome incredible barriers on their journey out of homelessness. Many share their stories as a way to celebrate their accomplishments and express their gratitude. Here’s what we learned from our courageous neighbors in 2018. Need help making...

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Landlord Spotlight: Betty & Gary Becker

One of the biggest barriers to helping those experiencing homelessness off the streets is the lack of affordable housing in San Diego. That is why, for years, Father Joe’s Villages has fostered strong partnerships with compassionate landlords around our great city....

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Featured Staff: Registered Nurse Francis Cunningham

The CARE Award honors nurses who work to improve health and wellness in the community. We're proud that one of our own registered nurses, Francis Cunningham, won the CARE Award in 2018. CARE Award Honors Nurses Recently, KyXy 96.5, Azusa Pacific University‘s Nursing...

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From Deacon Jim’s Desk: Oliver’s Christmas Gift

With the help of our donors, the children in our care will wake up on Christmas morning to find that Santa was able to find them—even without a home of their own. This moment of finding beautifully wrapped packages and a stocking full of treats, made possible only...

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HO HO HO-liday Fun with Therapeutic Childcare

At Father Joe’s Villages, our staff, volunteers and supporters work to make Christmas special for our neighbors in need. Together we create the best possible Christmas for children living with us. Here are some of the events that make our children feel at home for the...

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