Father Joe’s Villages, business leaders hold blanket drive

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Some of the most vulnerable homeless people in San Diego may experience a bit of a warmer night sleeping. This is thanks to local business leaders step-up and held a blanket donation drive.

KUSI Elizabeth Alvarez has the details.


Steven Neil shows off the blanket he got Wednesday to help keep him warm when he goes back out on the streets of San Diego.

“It makes me feel good is said here and it’s at night it’s cold. It’s sunny California but not at 4 in the morning,” said Neil.

He and several others lined up during a blanket donation event held at the Neil Good Day Center, a safe haven during the day run by Father Joe’s Villages. The Center opens at 7:30am and closes at 4:30pm.

“Throughout that time we get 400 to 500 people that cycle in here,” said Deacon Jim Vargas, Father Joe’s Villages President and CEO. Deacon Jim say “it gives us the opportunity to start connecting with them and offering them Services and case management but also the things that you and I take for granted such as showers. We have laundry services for them.”

This Wednesday, The homeless here was offered blankets thanks to the generosity of the Mulvaney family. Brain Mulvaney was at center during the blanket donation with his brothers David and Jim.

“We turn the initial towel drive into a blanket drive that the three of us did year one. And this year, the Nemith Foundation team up with us. We were able to collect over 2,500 blanket,” said Mulvaney.

The Mulvaney family has been a long-time partner of Father Joe’s Villages.

“We’ve been blessed to be involved with Father Joe’s since my father, Jim Mulvaney Senior, passed away in 2010. He was able to help start this with Father Joe. You can be the richest person in the world but be miserable. But giving is what it’s all about. We’re helping them re-realize potential that they can have a better life.”

Steven Neil agrees. He said he’s very grateful. “Not everyone wants to be homeless all the time but you need the help. And they provide a lot of help give us the assistance tell us where to go.”

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