San Diego, CA
About San Diego
San Diego, the second largest city in California, is comprised of a variety of neighborhoods that encompass a growing diversity of immigrants. While referred to as “America’s Finest City,” many do not realize that San Diego is home to the fourth largest homeless population in the United States, thirteen percent of whom are veterans. Volunteers live in the South Park neighborhood, 16 miles north of the US/Mexico border. South Park, is characterized by walkable streets and small businesses. Volunteers serve in the adjacent North Park and East Village neighborhoods.
St. Augustine High School
In their own words:
The vision of St. Augustine High School is to excel as a Catholic liberal arts school in the Augustinian tradition. We prepare young men for adult servant-leadership in their families and church as well as civic, academic, and professional communities. We create opportunities to foster intellectual, personal, and physical achievement developing Christian gentlemen who are strong in mind, heart, and body. Saints is a school community with a love of learning that accepts boys and graduates men who change the world.
How AVs serve at Saints:
The volunteer serves in the campus ministry office with the Director of Campus Ministry and the Director of Christian Service. He or she assists in several capacities including retreat planning, service trips to Tijuana, Mexico and St. Vincent de Paul Village, administrative work and a variety of other responsibilities.
St. Vincent de Paul Village Family Health Center
In their own words:
St. Vincent de Paul Village is the cornerstone of San Diego’s fight to prevent and end homelessness one life at a time. We are the largest provider of homeless services in the San Diego area. The St Vincent de Paul Village Family Health Center is a licensed Federally Qualified Health Center embedded in the village as an integral part of the one-stop center to address all of the rehabilitative needs of the homeless. At the health center we offer medical, dental, psychiatric, mental health and substance abuse services to those experiencing homelessness whether they are staying in a shelter or living on the streets.
How AVs serve at the Village:
The volunteer(s) serves as a Registered Nurse in the health center, helping to triage patients, running appointments for clients who need nursing care, assisting doctors and distributing medicine in the dispensary. He or she also assists with the assertive community treatment program, which is a multidisciplinary approach for clients with a history of homelessness and mental illness. The volunteer also completes home health care visits at the shelter Village, while collaborating with the other team members to deliver the right level of supportive care for patients.
St. Patrick School
In their own words:
St. Patrick School is a Catholic parish school. Ever since Father Burns, O.S.A. first opened St. Patrick School in 1944, it has served the parish in the Spirit of Augustinian Charisms of truth, community, and love and continues to do so. We welcome all; educating the whole child, mind, body, and spirit. We give thanks for our great traditions and pray for sustained success as we continue our ministry of Catholic education. The school community of St. Patrick teaches students to better understand and live out their faith. Concepts like love, community, reconciliation, responsibility for self and others, generosity, tolerance and social justice are an integral part of our curriculum. More importantly, these values are observable every day in the interactions and attitudes among teachers, parents and students.
How AVs serve at St. Pat’s:
The volunteers serve in multiple capacities at St. Pat’s. One role is as physical education instructor for grades K-8 and computer instructor for grades 6-8. This volunteer runs an after-school homework hour, coaches junior varsity sports, plans the two-day 8th grade retreat, as well as moderates the Kindness in Community Service Club. A second volunteer manages the daycare program, which supports students before and after school, in addition to working as a Kindergarten aide. Throughout the year, either AV may tutor individual students or coach teams.