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In the mid-1980s, Father Joe Carroll established the first in a family of villages to provide essential services to the increasing number of homeless in San Diego County.

Starting with a meal, he developed a center that offered people on the streets everything they needed in one place to get back on their feet. It was a bold and innovative approach, but today, Father Joe’s Continuum of Care is recognized as the national model for rehabilitating the homeless.

Each of Father Joe’s Villages — St. Vincent de Paul Village, Martha’s Village & Kitchen, Toussaint Youth Villages and National AIDS Foundation/Josue Homes — has a proven track record of success.

Accomplishments at St. Vincent de Paul Village alone include:

• Serving more than 1 million meals a year

• Providing education and child care to over 200 resident children

• Saving local hospitals $250,000 a month through its prenatal care

• Placing more than 90 percent of Culinary Arts Program graduates in the workforce

• Partnering with graduate programs at local universities to provide professional medical, counseling and chaplaincy services:

— UCSD School of Medicine, Combined Family Medicine-Psychiatry Program

— Point Loma Nazarene University School of Nursing — California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant University

— San Diego State University

— University of San Diego

• Implementing sound fiscal management, with over 90 cents of every donation dollar going directly to services

Father Joe’s Villages provides “one-stop shopping” — comprehensive, essential care all under one roof. Programs, such as education, job training, childcare, medical and dental care and addiction counseling, have enabled thousands of families with children, single adults and teens to discover the confidence and ability to live independently.

These accomplishments came about only because of the generous support of the San Diego community — individuals, groups, businesses and corporations. All donated time, energy and funding to make it possible for homeless children, families and single adults to achieve self-sufficiency and become productive members of society.

Some business and corporate supporters are:

• AMN Healthcare

• A.O. Reed & Co.

• Bob Baker Auto Group

• Burkett & Wong

• Cubic Corp.

• J.H. Cohn LLP

• KSWB Cares for Kids Fund, A fund of the McCormickTribune Foundation

• Penske

• Premier, Inc.

• Qualcomm

• Robins Family Foundation

• Union Bank of California

• Vanard Lithographers Inc.

• Wells Fargo

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