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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 2 stars  

Interfaith Community services remain a key contributor to the community in North County San Diego. However, in the past years the organization has gone away from their faith center supporter. As an example of challenges, there was a large turnover of 4 of 6 Directors (Executive Staff) in less than a year including their Human Resource Director and including some high quality staff and volunteers. The failed merger also brings to light internal management issues (finances and structure). This can not be directed to one person because toleration of poor performance by others (Executive staff, BOD, etc) can also be contributing factor to current challenges faced by the organization.

Another question to consider is the safety of staff and customers in the facility. I don't have factual basis if this is an issue but, social service organizations that involve mentally challenged customers need a safety procedure awareness to all its employee and volunteer.

I would observe this organization a little closer. It has a top heavy management for a NonProfit organization. I would look at their financials to see how much is the administrative cost and programming cost ratio to revenue.

I know the organization still offers a much needed service to the community.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

I had the privilege of working with Interfaith in the context of a redevelopment project in North San Diego County. I was able to experience first-hand their commitment and dedication to their clients (in this case, their residents). I was very impressed with the care they took to ensure the best outcome for their clients.

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

protecting the best interest of their clients.

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

expand it to more areas in San Diego County.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Help it grow!

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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."

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

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.

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."

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

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

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

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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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)

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

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

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

Replicate it in other locations.

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