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February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

I've experienced Interfaith from a variety of perspectives - as a member of the community, as a professional seeking help for others, as a program monitor, donor, former employee, and more.

No matter how you look at it, ICS is a quality, compassionate, effective organization that
creates dynamic programs that both respond to critical needs in the community and use experience and expertise to prevent problems in the future.

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As a community leader, when faced with trying to solve crisis - it's my first and foremost resource in Escondido because of ICS' breadth of service and ability to respond. As a professional, I've formally evaluated the organization's capacity, goals, and outcomes.

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Help it grow!

February 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011

I recently discovered Interfaith when I found a homeless man on the street. Since then I have been involved with many of the staff, who are kind and professional. Two weeks ago I found my best man from my wedding living homeless and intoxicated. With the help of the staff I got him into Sobering Services and that is changing his life. Any operation is the shadow of the leader, Suzanne is the Mother Theresa of North County, and her staff is a reflection of her spirit and vision.

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Changing the life of a dear friend.

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I would give them more resources to tell their stories about feeding the needy, helping the less fortunate.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

Through my role on the Advisory Council of the Salvation Army.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011

This organization was started over 25 years ago when a Rabbi, a Priest and a minister gathered for coffee only to find that they had each donated to a homeless person who had come knocking the night before. Then and there they decided to pool their resources and refer all of their requests to one organization that being Interfaith. Now with over 425 Faith Centers as members we truly help lift up our needy and give them to tools to fish not just to take a handout. With almost 90% of our funds going to help clients we are also one of the most efficient organizations out there. Helping Interfaith is helping your neighbor in need!
Don Zech, VP Membership, Interfaith Community Services

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching gifted people beset by homelessness and mental illness become productive citizens in our community

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

Give more time

February 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011

Our PASS program has parterend many times for food drives in benefit to Interfaith. They are a wonderfull organization.

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opportunities to serve!

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February 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011

As part of The Salvation Army in North County, I have worked alongside Interfaith staff, volunteers and clients over the past two decades and am still impressed and inspired by the dedication, expertise and practical assistance that Interfaith Community Services continues to provide to the impoverished, homeless and disabled in our community. It is hard, demanding and costly work but the staff and their army of volunteers and supporters are there for the long-haul. Theirs is a demonstrated commitment to social justice.

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I work alongside many of the ICS staff in ministering to the needs of the homeless in our community. I often rely on their staff for expertise, assistance and resources.

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I would relocate the veteran's residential program to it's own site and expand the day program activities

February 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011

I have lived for most of my life in Escondido, and countless times have encountered people in need on the streets. I have referred dozens of these people to Interfaith because it is a stand-up organization that cares about who they are serving and will do what it takes to stretch every dollar donated to serve every person who seeks assistance. Throughout the years, several people have also contacted me asking to what nonprofit organization in North County they should donate their time, money and resources. My response: Interfaith Community Services! Where’s the easy button?
I have such confidence in Interfaith as an organization and those who operate it because of my experiences with them as an employee, intern, consultant, and as a community member and supporter. From each of these perspectives my awareness of the need for their services and how the organization meets those needs has increased, and my confidence and belief in Interfaith only grows stronger. In their profile they listed their top 3-5 accomplishments for the past year; it would have been easy for them to legitimately list at least 5 more—that’s the impact they are having on our community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The powerful, positive and life changing impact Interfaith has had and continues to have in my community. I am proud to tell people about Interfaith. Having worked "on the inside" I am personally blessed to have been part of their work and have developed a special place in my heart for them and those they serve.

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

Replicate and launch more Interfaith organizations in other areas- so many other communities in other counties and states need the expansive set of services that Interfaith offers, combined with the efficiency and effectiveness it delivers as an organization. It works!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

North County Times Newspaper in 2000.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011

I am a joyful supporter of Interfaith for 11 years now. This organization makes a direct impact on not only its local community but San Diego County at large. It does so by directly helping people from all walks of life, from housing to food to recovery, the list goes on and on. Being involved with several Charitable organizations myself, I am always impressed with the level of dedication to helping those in need that comes from every helper involved at NC Interfaith. The strength of conviction that comes from this organization is directly linked to the people that serve and the people we are there to serve. Often those helped find themselves inspired to return the gift by getting involved and making a difference for another. This to me is the greatest demonstration of the success of the organization and it's programs. North County Interfaith is up to some remarkable life changing things including benefiting me as not only a donor but volunteer. Please consider support this most worthy group.

Blessings to all,

Rev. J.R. Westen, D.D.

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In my 11 years of serving this organization I have watched the lives of those served change dramatically. Some have come from knocking on death's door, from the street or prison, and accepted our hand up and capitalized on their opportunity to recreate themselves anew in a grander way. My heart is warmed each and every time I am involved with NC Interfaith.

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I honestly can't think of anything I would change about NC Interfaith.

February 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011

If you want the best of help-North County Interfaith is the place to go in North County. Keep up the great work!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through meeting the needs of a mutual client-support, guidance, and resource sharing.

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

Increase their staffing/supportive service capabilities to help more individuals.

February 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011

Almost ten years ago, I moved to North County San Diego and became Executive Director of a small non-profit, North Coastal Service Center. In my short years there, we struggled to provide services to those who were most in need for food, shelter and other financial assistance. I attended several inter-agency meetings where I met the director of North County Interfaith Council. I was very impressed with the overall organization, its scope of services and the magnificent way it involved the community in its service provision. When my small organization struggled financially I worked with my board of directors to merge with Interfaith. This was a strategic move that incorporated our location, services and 75 member volunteer group with this dynamic organization. Seamlessly, Interfaith helped us to serve those in need with dignity, efficiency and effectiveness. Instead of a void, Interfaith helped to bolster a continuum of services to the disadvantaged in North County, improving our capabilities, honoring our volunteers and enabling the Oceanside community to benefit from Veterans services, housing, counseling and providing assistance with basic needs. I worked for Interfaith for two more years and still continue to volunteer, donate and support this "jewel by the sea."

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Observing them prior to my affiliation, working with the organization through a merger and working for two years as a Development Associate. After I left, I occasionally volunteer and still support them financially.

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

I have no suggestions as I see the services and model as "cutting edge."

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

I got involved with Interfaith through the church I attend regularly. A group of friends and I made 100 sack lunches. When i went to deliver them in the morning, i could see that this organization is incredibly important to the community. Therewere many people lined up for a healthy breakfast and woudl then be receiving our sack lunches. I think that this is an organization worth supporting and a great place to volunteer.

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