Originally published April 2, 2013 at 10:48 a.m., updated April 2, 2013 at 2:24 p.m.
Father Joe Carroll, founder Father Joe's Villages, recipient of Citizen Before Services Self Honors
Helping the poor and homeless has been the mission of San Diego's Father Joe Carroll. Even though he retired in 2011 after 30 years of service, the awards for his work keep coming in. Last week he received one of the highest awards given to a citizen.
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society and Foundation awarded four Americans with the "Service Before Self Honors" medal and Father Joe is one of the recipients. His work to help San Diego's homeless has become a template for other agencies across the nation. He received the medal during a ceremony near the near the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia.
Father Joe, as he's more commonly known, has made enormous contributions to the San Diego community by paying attention to our neighbors whose feet have fallen off the ladder of success and who are struggling. While his organization started out providing food to the homeless, Father Joe's Villages now provides the homeless and others in need with services such as medical, dental and training to help get them off the streets.
"Father Joe's contributions toward bettering the lives of our neighbors are truly immeasurable." said Sister Tricia Cruise, president and CEO of Father Joe's Villages. "This organization is now and will always remain committed to carrying on his great legacy."