Father Joe's Last Day

By Lindsay Hood and Claudine Contreras
|  Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011  |  Updated 4:55 PM PDT
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Father Joe's Last Day

Father Joe Carroll is retiring.

For 30 years he's helped get San Diego's homeless back on their feet.
Now, Carroll is stepping down from administrative duties at Father Joe's Villages, but he'll still be around to "pick pockets" - or as you and I call it, fundraise.

Father Joe was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1974, and eight years later was asked to lead Saint Vincent de Paul.

"When we started we used to just give out peanut butter sandwiches...and that's with full meals, training, job care, there's so many programs that we operate that I would never guessed we'd be doing this today."

Today, Father Joe's Villages serves between 4,000 - 8,000 people a day

Father Joe retired on Tuesday, the day of his 70th Birthday. County supervisors proclaimed Tuesday "Father Joe Carroll Day" in San Diego.
   

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