Help Support San Diego’s Homeless At The Father Joe’s Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K

San Diego has a bad homelessness problem, but it’s not hopeless. As one of San Diego’s largest homeless services providers, Father Joe’s Villages knows that everyone has the potential to rediscover hope. Every day, the organization helps more than 2,000 individuals access the resources they need to transform their lives.

Father Joe’s Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K is a way that everyone in the San Diego community can participate to help San Diego’s homeless community – bring the whole family and walk, jog, stroll or wheel your way across the finish line. Proceeds from its Thanksgiving Day 5K will help Father Joe’s Villages to prepare and serve more than one million meals to neighbors in need.

“It takes all of us to effectively address homelessness in our community, and the Thanksgiving Day 5K is one way every family can play their part,” said Deacon Jim Vargas, Father Joe’s Villages’ president and CEO.

“By coming together to enjoy a beautiful morning in Balboa Park, we can show gratitude for our own blessings by helping others.”

Participants of all ages will follow the iconic, dog-friendly route to reach a family-friendly festival at the finish line.

Following the morning run/walk, the group will enjoy a live blues band, refreshments, a beer garden, and a costume contest. Children can get creative with crafts and meet their favorite Disney-inspired characters.



To make their Thanksgiving dinner more meaningful, participants can also purchase a delicious pie at the end of the race. Pies for sale are made by individuals working to achieve self-sufficiency in Father Joe’s Villages’ culinary arts program.

Registration costs range from $35 to $45, with special discounts for youth and military.


If you’re unable to make it to the race, you can still be a part of ending homelessness in San Diego by donating to Father Joe’s Villages.

See you there!

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