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The fall and winter holidays often spur individuals to contribute or volunteer, especially with our reminders to give and be charitable to each other. Here is a volunteer opportunity for the holiday season and beyond.

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St. Vincent de Paul (1501 Imperial Ave) was established in 1950 and is a nonprofit that provides services and transitional housing to the homeless in San Diego.

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"Homelessness is rarely a simple problem. Usually it results from a combination of factors such as limited skills and education, job loss, family instability, abuse, physical or psychiatric disability, addiction and home foreclosure. Although the average person may be able to remain housed with one of these risk factors, by the time an individual has two or three it becomes easy for them to lose their support network and become homeless."

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St. Vincent de Paul welcomes volunteers to fill a range of positions: meal servers, administrative support, barbers and hairstylists, mentor to children and teens, homework tutors, dentists, adult education tutors, and more. Volunteers are provided with training, and all volunteer hours must be scheduled with the office.

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FatCatSegat Nov. 18, 2012 @ 6:12 p.m.

As a past resident, I may have a biased opinion on this subject. First of all Father Joe is a person we should all strive to become. A person who upon being given this assignment from his superiors far excelled and probably surpassed all expectations. We should all be grateful he works for God. He still is in my eyes, a Gangster for the lord, and an inexhaustible advocate for the homeless and their plight. Lets not fool ourselves though. The chronically homeless have grown accustomed to their circumstances or even have learned to work these times in their lives to their advantage. If you're a regular downtown, you've seen the same old faces for years. Don't think that they're not trying though', okay?So yes! Volunteer! Even if you live in one of those 100 year old SRO places downtown, you have a roof over your head and thats more than I can say for them tonite. Give something! Give your time but please, at least give a damn. So volunteer already!

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