Thank you for supporting our team!
Please allow us to take this opportunity to thank you for the overwhelming support for our fundraising efforts for Father Joe's Villages this Thanksgiving. The annual Thanksgiving Day 5K raises crucial funds for the meal program that many in San Diego rely upon as they face hardships throughout the year. As we have for the past 8 years, San Diego Fluid System Technologies signed on early with support as the 2020 Virtual Photo Opp Sponsor.
This year looked different. We weren't able to meet as a team for fundraising activities. Instead, we relied on team members reaching out to family, friends, partners and customers for support virtually. The top individual fundraiser on our team gained first place by earning donations from over 10 different contributors.
We had set our goal only slightly higher than past years, knowing that while we have exceeded those goals historically, the changes to this year's format might make fundraising more difficult. Despite these concerns, supporters helped us to exceed our team goal three days before Thanksgiving!
But hitting this milestone didn't stop the momentum….as donations from family, friends and customers continued through the weekend. This allowed us to maximize the matching contribution pledged by our CEO and raise a total of $20,000, in addition to the event sponsorship!
San Diego Fluid System Technologies CEO and Chairman of the Board at Father Joe's Villages, Mike Schleyhahn, shared insights into the impact of this organization and his gratitude:
2020 has been a challenging year to say the least! COVID-19, an illness none of us had heard of at the start of 2020, has impacted every one of our lives in both mundane and profound ways. That impact has been exponential on our homeless populations.
To continue to serve our homeless neighbors during these trying times, Father Joe's Villages has adapted programs and operations to function in an era of social distancing, adopted new protocols, captured the hearts and minds of donors both new and old, created new ways to help people find food in a crisis, stood up 82 units of supportive housing, and mobilized one of the largest and most collaborative shelter efforts nationwide.
So far this year, we've provided over 240,000 nights of shelter and meals to over 8300 people. We've administered more than 4300 COVID-19 tests and helped over 825 people find housing. Most importantly, we have provided hope and safety to thousands, and the year isn't over yet.
My term as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Father Joe's Villages has been one of the most rewarding times of my life. The dedication of the FJV team and the support of generous people, like you, has been absolutely critical in helping us deliver on our mission to prevent and end homelessness, one life at a time. As Father Joe always says: We're just neighbors helping neighbors". Please accept my thanks to all that have lent their support. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Whether you made a direct contribution to our team this year or not, your business enables us to support the mission of Father Joe's Villages and the efforts outlined above. Please know that, with great appreciation, we will continue to operate with the best interest of our customers, associates and our community in mind.
May you and your loved ones be safe and healthy this holiday season and cheers to a Happy New Year!