Saint Vincent De Paul Villages of San Diego operates under the mantra "Neighbors Helping Neighbors". They serve well over 800 people via the villages each night. As the largest San Diego provider of residential homeless services, they account for 40 percent of transitional housing beds in San Diego. The organization also manages 360+ permanent supportive housing units. Alongside families with children, single women, and single men, many of their clients, including those pictured receiving the blankets, are veterans. San Diego is one of hundreds of cities that has committed to ending veteran homelessness by the end of 2015, and SVDPV of San Diego is making a huge impact in that objective. View Interactive Map
With a Purpose was privileged to support the organization's incredible efforts by sending 154 donation blankets generated by SDSU Blanket for a Blanket purchases. Though Southern California generally has a moderate climate, temperatures do dip into the 40s and 50s overnight. Laura Kojima, Program Manager of Volunteer Services, and Jim Dicenzo, Residential Program Manager, both indicated the clients were very grateful for the blankets. Wrote Laura, "Most frequently heard was 'Really appreciate the blanket, I was cold last week so now I won't be!'"