LETTER FROM ST. VINCENT de PAUL CENTER
GUEST BLOG / By Deacon Jim Vargas, OFS, President and CEO--“…In 1982, when Father Joe Carroll became the director of the St. Vincent de Paul Center, he began his tenure passing out peanut butter sandwiches (sans jelly—they couldn’t afford it yet!).
In the beginning, Father Joe said, “We didn’t really know what the problem was. That’s why we figured the important thing was to learn what the problem is and from there design the future shelters. What do the people need and how do we provide it?”
With support from the San Diego community, Father Joe led the growth of one of the most comprehensive homeless services agencies in the country. Together, we changed the lives of tens of thousands of people experiencing homelessness. With his recent passing, now, we honor Father Joe’s incredible life and legacy of compassion and service through the upcoming Celebration of Life event and ongoing Father Joe Carroll Memorial Fund.
Join us for the Celebration of Life for Father Joe Carroll on August 10th at the San Diego Convention Center at 10:30 am.
The Celebration of Life will be a free, public event.
Registration is necessary in order to enter the event and seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. RSVP CLICK HERE Additionally, you can contribute to the Father Joe Carroll Memorial Fund, which supports the continuation of Father Joe’s legacy of comprehensive services. Thank you for your continued support as we honor our beloved Father Joe.
Note: If you are unable to join, we will be live streaming the event on YouTube.