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Father Joe Coming Out Of Retirement For Namesake Charity

Above: Father Joe Carroll shakes hands at Kevin Faulconer's election night party on Feb. 11, 2014.

Legendary San Diego homeless advocate Father Joe Carroll has temporarily come out of retirement to raise funds for Father Joe's Villages and St. Vincent de Paul.

Carroll retired nearly three years ago after decades as a television fixture asking for donations to the center, which spun off into seven villages caring for the homeless throughout the Southwest.

His successor, Sister Patricia Cruise, returned to her family and religious congregation in Cincinnati to pursue other work with her order.

A search for a new CEO is underway. Chief Financial Officer Diane Stumph is serving as interim CEO, and Carroll is helping out until a new leader takes the position.

"I think it's just a matter of I really believe what we're doing," Carroll told 10News. "I mean, there are thousands of people who are helped every day by St. Vincent's and we need to keep the machine going. We have to keep producing money. It costs money to put that food on the table, provide that housing and counseling, and medical care and dental care."

According to Father Joe's Villages, Carroll will mainly focus on fundraising and making appearances.

Carroll has kept busy in retirement, despite having to use a wheelchair.

He recently endorsed Councilman Kevin Faulconer's successful mayoral campaign and will serve on his transition committee.

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laplayaheritage | February 15, 2014 at 12:35 a.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

Great news. The City AND County of San Diego are in violation of the Federal Fair Housing and HEARTH Act based upon their failure to identify funding to end Veterans and Chronic Homeless by 2015, and all Homeless including Children by 2020.

The San Diego Regional Continuum of Care and all Non-Profit and Faith Based Community members are being suckered by Civic San Diego and City Financial staff

The $908 million in former Redevelopment Agency assets are being siphoned off into the City and County General Funds through the $13 million Housing Due Diligence Report (DDR) Payment and the $167 Non-Housing Other Assets DDR Payment.

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