By Robert Brown, Community Resources Manager
Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility
Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF) raised $3,000 through inmate fundraisers to donate to Father Joe Carroll in support of his charities.
Last month, the priest, known affectionately as “Father Joe,” visited the inmates of RJDCF, speaking to the Criminal Gang Anonymous Inmate Leisure Time Activity Group on facility B.
One inmate said, “He was awesome, captivating, great sense of humor, and gave me hope for the future.”
Another said, “He answered all of our questions, and made me feel excited about my future for the first time in a long time.”
For over 30 years, Father Joe has worked tirelessly on behalf of the homeless and poor in the community. In the minds of many, he represents the very best of San Diego. His work has become a symbol of hope, of second chances – a living example that one man, standing up defiantly against an insurmountable problem, can make a difference.
As San Diego’s largest homeless services provider, Father Joe’s Villages offer a wide variety of housing and services. Inspired by the legacy of Saint Vincent de Paul, what started as a small chapel serving San Diego’s impoverished more than 65 years ago has grown into a cutting-edge provider of housing programs and services. Father Joe’s prepares up to 3,000 meals and provides a continuum of care to nearly 1,500 individuals every day — from infants and adolescents to adults and seniors, including over 150 children and over 200 military veterans.