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  

Interfaith in Escondido, Ca. provides food and necessities to the needy and houses and feeds veterans. I have volunteered several hours in the kitchens there with the veterans and the needy meals at the holidays and I has always been an awesome experience for me. They are very organized and very caring and are a tremendous asset to our community.

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

Food service

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

Expand the building space so they could help even more people.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

There are few organizations like Interfaith. Their employees are strong, intelligent, and caring. They go far and beyond their everyday jobs in order to aid those in need. I began volunteering at Interfaith, and because of the cooperation, time, and information that the staff was able to provide, I was able to complete my graduate research through this organization. After volunteering for a year at Interfaith, I was offered a job as program manager for one of the programs. I worked there for another year and saw first hand how Interfaith affects the lives of families and individuals who are in desperate need. Interfaith opens its arms to all kinds of people and provides a wide range of serices. Some clients who are helped by Interfaith have just fallen a little behind and need some extra support, while others face more serious conditions. Interfaith is always there, collaborating with other organizations and institutions, and listening to what the community needs.

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Through my personal research, volunteering, and working with others at Interfaith. I have seen Interfaith come together with the community in times of disaster (such as the California Wildfires).

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

More monetary aid in order to provide services for clients and for hardworking staff.

 
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As a former employee and current volunteer, I've been involved with Interfaith for over ten years. While wrapping up my schooling, I knew I wanted to be part of this vibrant and life-changing organization. It's reassuring to know that the time and resources I give to Interfaith go directly to where they are needed.

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

the way I see my community. I value the perspective Interfaith has given me. The need is overwhelming but the response to action is even greater.

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

increase monetary and in-kind donations as well as community awareness.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Until I recently "retired" I volunteered at Interfaith for almost 24 years. I would not have given that much time and energy to a group that didn't actually solve problems.

Interfaith is without a doubt the most effective social service agency in northern San Diego County if not in the whole region.

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I've seen lives turned around and literally changed by the conbination of Interfaith staff and volunteers.

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

I would like to see the endowment increased to a level that liberates the orgaization from the changing winds of governmet funding. I would also like to see funding so that Interfaith could more easily share its successful model with the many organizations that seek its help to replicate the model.

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

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

opportunities to serve!

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

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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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