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November 9, 2010

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November 9, 2010

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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

November 9, 2010

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November 9, 2010

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.

Ways to make it better...

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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November 9, 2010

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

Ways to make it better...

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

Have it funded for year round usage

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Provide dinner, entertainment, hygiene kits at one of our shelter sites or be trained as a career planning and budgeting workshop presenter.