Associates of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur traveled to San Diego for an immersion experience with those who are Homeless at Father Joe’s Villages. This complex is named after Father Joe Carroll who initiated this organization.
-Submitted by Sabrina Harper, Associate of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur On February 19, our small group of volunteers returned from serving those in need at Father Joe’s Villages in San Diego. Two Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Associates were inspired to respond after an associate Day of Prayer on November 2nd. Realizing a few of us had free time, but not enough to go to either Arizona or Texas to help at the borders, we decided to serve closer to home. So, we two associates invited a few friends to join us. Who are we? We are teachers, a retired librarian, a Pastoral Associate, and a nurse.
Our group, composed of Laura Leon (associate-SNDdeN), Nancy Galli, Rosalie Doyle, Maureen Bellew, Sister Celeste Pagliarulo (Sister of Notre Dame de Namur) and me, Sabrina Harper (associate of SNDdeN), arose early on Saturday morning of February 15 to drive to Fr. Joe’s Villages which encompasses several city blocks off I-5 and Imperial Avenue. We saw many individuals experiencing homelessness lining the sidewalks, some in sleeping bags, some up and about waiting for the sun to rise and hope to appear. The proximity of the Villages to downtown provides a level of security and convenience for the population of unhoused individuals, as they are provided with daily free noon meals and perhaps even a chance at transitional housing in one of the shelters or affordable housing opportunities provided by Fr. Joe’s Villages.
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