FATHER JOE'S VILLAGES is Southern California's largest residential homeless services provider. The mission of Father Joe's Villages began more than 60 YEARS AGO. What started as a small chapel serving San Diego's impoverished has grown into a multi-agency organization serving more than 4,000 meals and providing a continuum of care to more than 1,200 individuals every day. As an industry thought-leader, Father Joe's Villages offers INNOVATIVE 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. To this end they provide food, clothing, housing, healthcare, education, job training and child development in an internationally modeled "one-stop-shop" approach. Every night, the organization PROVIDES A HOME for more than 1,200 NEIGHBORS in need. This includes over 200 CHILDREN and over 200 MILITARY VETERANS. Another 2,000 individuals seek its services daily. Father Joe's Village's mission is made possible only through the efforts of its compassionate staff, dedicated volunteers, and generous public and private donors.
Father Joe's Villages is committed to serving its clients with the EMPATHY AND DIGNITY they so richly deserve. Services are rendered in accordance with the organization's "CREED":
for others and a desire to assist.
RESPECT: An act of giving particular attention or special regard.
EMPATHY: Understanding, an awareness of and sensitivity to the feelings of others.
EMPOWERMENT: Helping others to help themselves.
DIGNITY: Counting all people worthy of our esteem.
HOMELESSNESS IN SAN DIEGO
According to the Regional Taskforce on the Homeless, there are currently 9,641 homeless people in San Diego.
5,267 of those individuals are unsheltered
Homelessness in San Diego has increased 22 percent in the past three years.
Nearly 40 percent of the homeless population in San Diego is made up of families 3 out of 4 children in those families are elementary-school aged.
Nationwide, 16 million kids are living in poverty-nearly 1 in 4.
San Diego is more than 6,000 beds short of those needed to house the homeless population on any given night.
Father Joe's Villages provides nearly half of all the transitional housing beds in the city.
We also provide nearly half of all permanent supportive housing units in the city.
In 2011, 68% of all single adults who entered FJV transitional housing facility exited to permanent housing.
And, 87% of all families who entered our transitional housing facility in 2011 exited to permanent housing.
Our fully licensed onsite medical clinic sees 35,000 visits every year, saving the community over $2 million a year due to decreased use of hospital emergency rooms.