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St. Vincent de Paul Village Celebrates the 4th with Block

San Diego CA– 80–plus volunteers will mobilize to help their neighbors in need

WHAT: St. Vincent shuts down the block for a Block Party & 4th of July Celebration with a quintessential American faire (hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad etc.)

WHY: St. Vincent de Paul Villages celebrates America’s 238th birthday and the spirit of independence. The goal of St. Vincent de Paul Village programs is to help people to move out of homelessness and into independence and self-sufficiency as quickly as possible.

San Diego is home to more than 9,000 homeless men, women and families, making it the fourth largest population of homeless people in the U.S. and the third largest for homeless veterans. St Vincent’s is providing a special lunch on Independence Day in honor of helping our neighbors reach independence themselves. Seven out of ten neighbors who use St. Vincent’s services exit to permanent housing. St. Vincent’s works every day to help our neighbors lead fulfilling independent lives.

WHO: 80 volunteers, St. Vincent de Paul Village staff and homeless and working poor clients

WHEN: Friday, July 04, 2014, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

WHERE: St. Vincent de Paul Village, 15th Street and Imperial, San Diego, CA 92101

ABOUT FATHER JOE’S VILLAGES/ST. VINCENT DE PAUL VILLAGE

As Southern California’s largest residential homeless services provider, Father Joe’s Villages and partner agency St. Vincent de Paul Village have been empowering people to achieve self-sufficiency for over 62 years. What started as a small chapel serving San Diego’s impoverished has grown into a cutting-edge provider of innovative housing programs and services. Father Joe’s Villages and St. Vincent de Paul Village prepare up to 3,000 meals and provide a continuum of care to nearly 1,500 individuals every day—from infants and adolescents to adults and seniors. This includes over 200 children and over 200 military veterans. As industry thought-leaders, the two agencies offer innovative solutions to address the complex needs of the homeless, regardless of age, race, culture or beliefs. The organizations’ primary goal is to transform lives and end the cycle of homelessness. To this end they provide housing, healthcare, food, clothing, education, job training and child development in an internationally modeled “one-stop-shop” approach. The organizations’ mission is made possible only through the efforts of compassionate staff, dedicated volunteers, and generous public and private donors. For more information, please visit: http://www.neighbor.org.