Interfaith Shelter Network of San Diego

Rating: 4.86 stars   14 reviews


Location: 3530 Camino Del Rio No., suite 301 San Diego CA 92108 USA

Mission: To coordinate the efforts of participating congregations, social service agencies, and governmental programs in order to provide shelter and other services to homeless individuals and families and enable those we serve to move toward self-sufficiency while respecting their dignity as children of God.
Results: We served 268 homeless individuals in our shelter program the past year; more than 7,750 in the past 24 years. In our El Nido Transitional Housing Program, we recently completed a $248,000 rehab on the 11 unit apartment building where our families live. We served 11 families there the past year; 170 since Jan. 1997.
Target demographics: Short term homeless men, women and families; homeless battered women with children.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 250-275 homeless men, women and children in our shelter program; up to 15 families per year in our transitional housing program.
Programs: Rotational Shelter Program El Nido Transitional Housing Program
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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I have volunteered for 25 years with the North Coastal San Diego County Interfaith Shelter Network of the Ecumenical Council of San Diego. At first we were support for another congregation that hosted the network. For the past 10 years our congregation has been a host congregation. There are seven networks. The ISN staff provides coordination, training, and follow up with 7 social service agencies and over 75 congregations of various faiths and denominations. At this moment, my wife is chairing our congregation in hosting 12 persons (3 single women with 8 children and one single man). She has over 80 members of our congregation involved as overnight hosts, in preparing meals, doing laundry, driving our guests to medical/dental appointments, or just being available to assist as needed. Over 10,000 persons have been helped over the history of IFN with approximately 60% finding jobs and/or housing.

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Over the years I have received letters and/or visits from guests who have thanked me on behalf of our congregation and reported their status.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Focus on recruiting more congregations so the program can operate year around rather than just 20-26 weeks each year. Figure out how to get the volunteers involved as advocates with the politicians on behalf of the homeless.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have been a volunteer with the Rotational Shelter Network program of the Ecumenical Council of San Diego County for several years now, through my church. It has always been a rewarding experience, even with the trials that come with these same experiences. I would highly recommend anyone who wants a rewarding volunteer experience to contact the Rotational Shelter Network program of the Ecumenical Council of San Diego County and help in anyway that they can. The joy that comes from helping those in need is more than and $$ amount anyone can give...your heart and those you help hearts are filled with love and grace.

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The families I have helped have always shown so much gratitude for the love and generosity they have received, and yet I am the one who feels honored by their grace and joy. Smiles, hugs, and love have always been present in the shelter.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more churches, synagogues, people involved. There is such a huge need, and so few who are willing to go the extra mile to assist.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The interfaith shelter network (ISN) which has strong ties with the Ecumenical Council is a GREAT service provider. At our non-profit, we provide case management for those less fortunate in San Diego that are seeking a place for rest and recuperation as they strive to get gainful employment. I have found it amazing that via the ISN that our clients can find exactly this environment, look refreshed the next morning and many have actually found jobs. Our clients tell us that if it wasn’t for ISN they would probably still be trying to find employment and receiving rejections due to their physical appearance. ISN is a great program and the staff that run the program as some of the best I’ve ever seen.

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I have personally experienced great results with our clients that have used the Interfaith Shelter Network's Beaches property. I have also heard of other great success stories that come from the other properties managed by ISN

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have it funded for year round usage

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