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Mission / CREED


The mission of St. Vincent de Paul Village is to end homelessness one life at a time.

We achieve our mission by providing outcome-based programs in the spirit of our CREED.


Compassion: Concern 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.
Counting all people worthy of our esteem.

Village Family Health Center Lobby
Paul Mirabile Center

16th & Market Apartments Lobby


St. Vincent de Paul Village is Celebrating Celebrating 60 Years of
Neighbors Helping Neighbors® in the San Diego Community.

In The Beginning: The foundation for St. Vincent de Paul Village was laid in April 1950 when Bishop Charles F. Buddy dedicated St. Mary of the Wayside Chapel at 811 F Street, San Diego. Father Michael O'Donohoe, a WWII chaplain, served as pastor to the chapel's poor and low income parishioners.

See Our 60 Year History

Now: Father Joe's Villages dedicates its fourth affordable housing complex, Boulevard Apartments, with 24 apartments for low income families at 3137 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego. Many of St. Vincent's graduates have benefited from the state-of-the-art apartment complex.


Village Leadership

Diane Stumph
President and CEO
619.446.2100 ext. 2146

Ruth Bruland
Executive Director
619.233.8500 ext. 1030

Mary McDonald
Director of Development
619.446.2100 ext. 2142

Jennifer Quayle
General Counsel

Edward Hershey
Director of Support Services

Marc Stevenson, MSW
Director of Project 25

Click here to download the Board Roster (57kb PDF)


What are some of your recent outcomes? Our Winning Outcomes presentation highlights many of the great things happing at the Village. You can download the most recent presentation here. [PDF file, 3.9 MB]

Can anyone see your IRS form 990? Absolutely. You can download our 990 here. [PDF file, 4.8 MB]

How many homeless people reside at St. Vincent de Paul Village? The Village provides 887 transitional housing beds nightly for homeless families, women, men, teens and veterans at St. Vincent de Paul Village, Josue Homes and Toussaint Academy San Diego.

What services are offered to those you house? The Village is designed as a one-stop center intended to address all the rehabilitative needs of the homeless on one campus. Child care, family literacy, and parenting classes are available while parents work off site or meet program requirements on campus. A range of clinical services are offered, including assessments, addiction treatment, and mental health services such as individual, group and children’s therapy. Our Career & Education Center teaches participants job skills and computer literacy, and partners on site with the community college to provide adult education and GED prep. In addition, all residents have access to case management services, our medical clinic that offers medical, dental and psychiatric care, and our chaplaincy program. Learn More.

How does someone get into the services at the Village? For meals or healthcare services, our neighbors in need are welcome to start at the Front Desk in the Joan Kroc Center (1501 Imperial Avenue, San Diego). There individuals and families are provided with a Fast Pass card that gives them access to all non-residential services that are open to the public including our community lunch.

For residential services, homeless neighbors in need can sign up in person at the Front Desk in the Joan Kroc Center between 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday (some holidays excluded).  The first scheduled appointment following the in-person visit to the Front Desk will be a housing assessment. This brief assessment ensures that St. Vincent de Paul Village provides the most appropriate level of services to meet the individual or family needs.  The housing placement wait list time varies dramatically depending on demand.  It has been as short as two weeks, but often is more than four.

What is the typical resident of the Village like? There really isn’t a “typical” Village resident.  Our residents are as diverse as you can imagine.  The Village houses single adult men, single adult women and families with children.  The families are two-parent families, single mom families and single dad families.  Family sizes range from 2 members to 10 or more family members. People who come to the Village have a wide range of strengths and needs. 
Some examples from 2010 are: 

  • 25% of those entering were veterans
  • 20% were chronically homeless
  • 35% reported a physical disability
  • 50% reported a mental health issue
  • 58% reported a substance abuse issue
  • 33% reported co-occurring disorders (both substance abuse and mental health)
  • 21% reported a history of domestic violence
  • 5% were age 62 or older
  • 13% were age 5 or under
  • 80% had no income at the time of program entry

Does the Village offer medical care? The Village has a Federally Qualified Health Center and licensed community medical clinic where residents of the Village and other homeless neighbors in need may seek medical, dental and psychiatric care. Called the Village Family Health Center, it conserves emergency room resources in San Diego hospitals by treating patient illnesses and injuries before they become more severe. In 2010, 3,600 emergency room visits were prevented which saved tax payers over $7,000,000.

Can military veterans get help at St. Vincent de Paul Village? Yes. In fact, more than 25 percent of those served at the Village each day are military veterans that receive services onsite in partnership with Veterans Village of San Diego and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Do residents have to work for the services they receive? All residents are required to participate in share living responsibilities (SLR) throughout the Village.  These responsibilities vary anywhere from prepping food in the kitchen to contributing to the maintenance of the facilities.  Residents with disabilities participate in the program as well while performing tasks that are matched to their abilities. On average, a resident completes 8 hours of SLR weekly. Not only does participating in SLR help the residents establish daily routines, but it also gives them a sense pride and ownership of the Village.

Can homeless people really change their lives and regain productive roles in society? Homelessness is rarely a simple problem. Usually it results from a combination of factors such as limited skills and education, job loss, family instability, abuse, physical or psychiatric disability, addiction and home foreclosure. Although the average person may be able to remain housed with one of these risk factors, by the time an individual has two or three it becomes easy for them to lose their support network and become homeless. As such, the solution to the problem is not simple, but it is also not insurmountable. By bringing together all of the services needed to counter each of these risk factors in a holistic and tightly coordinated way, we can bring about the lasting transformation that leads to a productive and satisfying life in the community for our neighbors in need.

Does the Catholic Church run St. Vincent de Paul Village? No. The Village is a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation run by a board of directors with Diane Stumph serving as president and CEO. All contributions and assets belong to the Village alone and are subject to a yearly independent audit.

Are neighbors in need required to be Catholic or participate in religious activities to enter the Village? No, the Village is open to all. Programs for many denominations are offered to residents throughout the year by an active chaplaincy team
on site.

How are the spiritual needs of residents attended to? St. Vincent de Paul Village’s Chaplaincy program provides encouragement and support through listening, spiritual discussions, Bible study, and prayer.  A chapel located within the Joan Kroc Center provides space for quiet reflection and is also home to ecumenical services and celebrations. 

How do I donate my car, piano, living room set or extra clothes?
Call 619.671.7900 or 1.888.FATHER.JOE (1.888.328.4375)

All Donations May Be Brought To:
Father Joe's Home Office
3350 E Street
San Diego, CA 92102-3332

Click on the links below to contribute:
Vehicle Donation | Household Contributions

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I’d like to Volunteer. How do I sign up? St. Vincent de Paul Village relies on the excellent work and focused dedication of volunteers to operate its many programs. Volunteers make a difference by preparing and serving meals, teaching classes, tutoring kids and supporting Children’s Services, seeing patients in the Medical Clinic and in hundreds of other ways. All volunteers must be scheduled in advance click here to learn how to sign up.

Can school groups or other groups come and Volunteer?  Yes.  Volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul Village provides team-building opportunities.  We welcome schools, service organizations, alumni groups, families, fraternities and sororities, religious organizations, military and corporate teams.  Learn More.

Does Father Joe’s Villages operate permanent housing? Yes. Father Joe’s Villages is proud to own and operate the following affordable housing properties:

Learn more about each of these properties.

Who can rent an apartment from Father Joe’s Villages? Our apartments range in size from studios to 3-bedroom apartments, accommodating households ranging from individuals to large families.  All of our apartments are income restricted, meaning that it is reserved for households that do not exceed a certain percentage of the Area Median Income (AMI) for San Diego.  While the income restrictions vary from property to property, the highest AMI we serve is 60% AMI.  We encourage interested parties to contact us to learn the specific requirements for the property they are interested in.  Some of our apartments are reserved as permanent supportive housing.

How do I sign up for Father Joe’s Villages' Affordable Housing? Due to exceedingly high demand for affordable housing with Father Joe’s Villages, the waiting lists for each property may be closed.  To find out about affordability restrictions and if the waiting list is open for the property you are interested in, please contact Property Management at (619) 687-1074

Do you accept Section 8? Yes, all of our properties accept Section 8.

How many people are homeless in San Diego? The Regional Task Force on the Homeless released the following numbers based on the San Diego Point in Time Count (PITC). St. Vincent de Paul Village actively participates in the PITC as one of the downtown coordinators.

  • 2008 - -7,582
  • 2009 - -7,892 - up 4.1%
  • 2010 - -8,574 up 7.9%
  • 2011 - -9,020 up 5.9% - up 19% since 2008

What is your privacy policy? You can read our privacy policy here.


Social Service and Community Partners
Catholic Charities
Community Research Foundation
Corporation for Supportive Housing
County of San Diego, Sheriff's Department
Emergency Medical Services
Family Health Centers of San Diego
Home Again
Ignatian Volunteer Corps
Jewish Family Services
Legal Aid Society
McAlister Institute
Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton
Naval Medical Center San Diego
Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT)
READ San Diego
REstart, San Diego
San Diego Council on Literacy
San Diego County Public Defender�s Office
San Diego County TB Control
San Diego County Urban League
San Diego Police Department (SDPD)
SDPD Homeless Outreach Team
San Diego Youth Services
Scripps Healthcare
Second Chance
Sharp Healthcare
So Say We All
Social Security Administration
State of California, Disability Determination Services
The Salvation Army
Travelers� Aid
UCSD Medical Center
Veteran�s Administration, Healthcare for Homeless Veterans
Veterans Village of San Diego
Volunteers of America
Women�s Leadership Institute

Education Partners
Alliant International University
Bethel University
City College
Pacifica Graduate Institute
Point Loma Nazarene University
San Diego Community College District
San Diego State University
Southern Illinois University
University of California, San Diego
University of San Diego
University of Southern California

Memberships and Associations
Centre City Advisory Committee
Community Advisory Committee
East Village Association Network
Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP) Local Board
Emergency Resources Group
Homeless Court Provider Network
Mental Health America of San Diego County
Regional Continuum of Care Council
Regional Task Force on the Homeless
San Diego Coalition for Mental Health
San Diego State University School of Social Work

Funding Partners
Alliance Healthcare Foundation
Arthur P. & Jeanette G. Pratt Memorial Fund
Bank of America Foundation
Barbara Wetzel Charitable Trust Foundation
Blue Shield of California Foundation
California Center for Sustainable Energy
California Department of Education
California Department of Housing & Community Development
California Wellness Foundation
Caster Family Trust
Centre City Development Corporation
City of San Diego
County of San Diego - District 4
County of San Diego Housing & Community Development
Daphne Seybolt Culpeper Memorial Foundation
Doris Florentine Fund
Federal Emergency Management Administration
First 5 Commission
Frank M. & Gertude R. Doyle Foundation
Johnston Family Foundation
Kaiser Permanente
Mission Federal Credit Union Community Foundation
R.W. Smith and Co.
Samuel I. & John Henry Fox Foundation
San Diego City Schools
San Diego County Employees' Charitable Organization (CECO)
San Diego Foundation
San Diego Gas & Electric
San Diego Housing Commission
San Diego Housing Federation
Sempra Energy Foundation
Sunwest Bank Charitable Foundation
The Mason Hirst Foundation
The Vons Foundation
TJX Foundation
Union Bank of California Foundation
United States Department of Health & Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
United States Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
United States Department of Veteran�s Affairs (VA)
United Way of San Diego County
Verizon Foundation
Walter J. and Betty C. Zable Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation


Our Campus

Father Joe's Villages Buildings: St. Vincent de Paul Village consists of 8 commercial and residential properties, ranging from multi story buildings to apartment buildings. Our latest building project, 15th and Commercial Avenue is scheduled to open in December 2011.

Facilities RFPs - Support Services

Facilities Department
The Facilities Department aims to help support Father Joe�s Villages community service mission by ensuring the cleanliness, good operation, and preservation of the buildings, grounds, and other facilities that comprise the Village. The Facilities Department does so by operating, maintaining, and repairing the buildings, building systems, and grounds at Father Joe�s Villages many locations. We also perform exterior and interior renovation and improvements projects.

The Facilities Department is in the service business. All of Father Joe�s Villages residents, staff, volunteers and guests are our customers. We are committed to providing effective and efficient services so that our customer time on the Father Joe�s Villages may be a pleasant and memorable one.

Security Department
The Security Department has the primary responsibility for serving the safety and security needs of Father Joe�s Villages. In meeting this responsibility, all buildings and facilities are patrolled and inspected regularly to ensure a safe and comfortable environment. The Security Department staff is on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Safety and security are everyone's responsibility. Residents, staff, and visitors are partners in maintaining an environment that is safe and conducive to promoting the success of our client processes. Everyone is asked to be alert, security conscious, and involved. Residents are required to abide by the Resident Handbook, as well as all Village policies, regulations, and procedures.

Project Bids, Request For Proposal (RFP)
Contact Information:

Edward Hershey

Director of Support Services
619-233-8500 x1040
Fax: 619-645-6479

Upcoming Projects

The following are a list of projects that the Village will need in the near future. It is updated frequently.

Read the FAQ. [Microsft Word DOCX file, 17 KB]

Hud Section 3 Regulations [PDF]
RFP - Villa Harvey Mandel Project Hot Water Tanks [PDF]
RFP - Villa Harvey Mandel Project Flooring [PDF]
RFP - Villa Harvey Mandel Project Elevator Modification [PDF]
RFP - Toussaint Academy Project Security System Upgrade [PDF]
RFP - Toussaint Academy Project Elevator Modification Project [PDF]
RFP - Toussaint Academy Project External and Internal Painting [PDF]



Issue Date

Due Date



JKC - Commerical Kitchen Floor

April 4, 2014

May 5, 2014



JKC - Dining & Celebration Room Floor

April 4, 2014

May 5, 2014



JKC - Hot Water Tanks & Coils

April 4, 2014

May 5, 2014



JKC - Playground Easy Turf

April 4, 2014

May 5, 2014



PMC - Commerical Kitchen Floor

April 4, 2014

May 5, 2014



PMC - Dining & Medical Flooring

April 4, 2014

May 5, 2014



PMC - Lighting Retrofit

April 4, 2014

May 5, 2014



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