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: 1 stars  

I want to ask the question that laying people off would be the first step before considering the pay reduction of management that got a pay raise because of a merger that eventually failed. Who are the management that got those raises? Cut those pay first before laying off people.

Have the CEO and executive staff informed the board of directors the lives changed by these lay offs?

This is the first ever mass lay off that ICS has ever done. Susan P, would never allow this. Bring her back and replace all the C-employees and most of the directors.

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Rating: 5 stars  

While I worked at Interfaith many years ago- I can and still to attest to the fact that Interfaith helps so many people with food, shelter, job services and mental health issues that it is arguable the most necessary social services agency in the North County. The homeless, hungry and needy (which can happen to anyone!) need Interfaith.

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

Seeing families fed, housing needy families and children, helping families build job skills and find jobs, providing food to families, giving presents to children who had none.

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

Nothing - give it more money !

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Changing the life of a dear friend.

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

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

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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!

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

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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  

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!

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

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

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

None

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