North County Interfaith Council, Inc. (dba Interfaith Community Services)

Rating: 4.69 stars   26 reviews

Issues: Religion

Location: 550 W Washington Ave., Ste. B Escondido CA 92025 USA

Mission:

To implement programs for basic needs, social services, and personal economic development, which will empower the disadvantaged in our community. Share member concerns with the issues and deal with problems, which affect the religious community when by common consent, the members feel that moral leadership is needed to promote mutual understanding and respect among member faiths.


Programs: On any given night, Interfaith is providing housing and shelter to more than 400 men, women, and children throughout North County.  Our housing programs provide much more than just a warm bed to sleep in: vocational training, one-on-one counseling, connection to community resources, life skills development, and a wide array of social work strengthen Interfaith’s housing programs. Each year, Interfaith must pay $371,712 in mortgage payments towards our housing programs. With demand for all of our services at an all-time high, those funds are desperately needed for direct services instead of loan payments.  With this understanding, Interfaith has launched “Lifting UP Our Neighbors,” a capital campaign to retire $4.5 million in shelter and housing debt.

    

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have supported and been aligned with Interfatih Community Services in diverse ways ever since its inception. As a professional who also reaches out to the community at large, I know of no other organization in North San Diego County that is meeting the needs of so many people, and in so many ways. The staff and volunteers working at Interfaith are second to none. Suzanne Stewart Pohlman, Executive Director of Interfaith for 28 years, is one of the most dedicated, hardworking, caring, and constructively creative persons I have ever known. Words fail me in properly describing her undying commitment to Interfaith and its' mission. Having this organization to refer people to for assistance has made my work in the community so much easier. I give my whole-hearted praise and thanks to everyone who makes Interfaith happen!

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My work as a professional in the community.

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Can't think of any.

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Rating: 5 stars  

A high quality organization that consistently responds to the needs of the community in effective ways.

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Working in collaboration.

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

Make them even better known in San Diego's North County.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Interfaith is one of the most important organizations in San Diego and a vital resource for many people. The employees deserve any and all recognition possible for their good work and their endless dedication to serving the community.

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

the improvements to the lives of those served by Interfaith.

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

make sure it receives all of the support and resources that it needs to realize its mission

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Rating: 5 stars  

I met with them regarding a business transaction, and felt compelled to share with them my sister's dilhemna with regard to a recent accident suffered by her baby, who was in intensive care in the hospital near death. It looked really bad and the doctors were sure the baby was going to die. The North County Interfaith Council or Interfaith Community Services not only had a prayer chain going right away, they visited the baby in the hospital and prayed with the family By the Grace of God, and I feel largely due to the efforts they made, the baby recovered completely! There was not even any brain damage, which almost always occurs in this type of head injury. The doctors in complete disbelief declared it to be a MIRACLE! I have never forgotten what they did for me, and they never asked for any thanks or anything either, they are the most wonderful people, and I pray that they are blessed 10 times over!!!

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prayer - see story above under "your review"

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

ICS is a great organization. Committed and professional staff, impeccable reputation, and sustained track record of success serving thousands of people in need in San Diego County.
Peter Callstrom, Executive Director
Regional Task Force on the Homeless (RTFH)

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Results speak for themselves. ICS changes lives through caring, focus, and outstanding service delivery. Our County is blessed to have such a great organization.

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Replicate it in other locations.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Interfaith Community Services is the only non-profit willing to take on serving those with brain disorders with a supported housing and employment model-Fairweather Lodge. They returned self-worth to our son who had lost just about everything to schizophrenia. He enjoys a nice beautiful place to live and a job. They truly care about him and have been there when he falls. We will be forever in their debt!

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Our son has a nice clean home with a job because of Interfaith.

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