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77: The Unhoused Pet Crisis: Co-Sheltering with Jesse Casement and Jessica Gercke (S8)

Jesse Casement and Jessica Gercke

Sep 25, 2023

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Jesse Casement, Division Director of Client Services at Father Joe’s Villages, has dedicated her past 13 years with the largest service provider in San Diego to supporting San Diegans experiencing homelessness. In that time, she has championed the progressive view that shelters should welcome pets along with their humans — a policy that, for many neighbors in need, has been truly life-changing. 

Jesse has fostered relationships with local animal welfare organizations and veterinary providers in order to bring resources, education, and support to the clients living at Father Joe’s Villages with their animals, as well as to the Father Joe’s Villages staff who strive to create a welcoming and safe environment for people and their pets. 


Apart from her role at Father Joe’s Villages, Jesse is a member of the Co-Sheltering Collaborative, a peer-to-peer learning network focused on sheltering people and their animals together.


Jesse’s goal is to do everything she can to help the people she serves at Father Joe’s Villages maintain that precious relationship with their beloved animal companions while they work to achieve their housing goals and end their homelessness. 


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