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Interfaith Shelter Network of San Diego
November 22, 2011

For 25 years The Interfaith Shelter Network has coordinated shelter for single adults and families in San Diego County. I have coordinated the effort at my church for 24 of those years. We typically house 12 guests for 14 nights at each church in the rotation. Last year, through the cooperative efforts of 100 congregations, 245 guests were sheltered for more than 8,900 nights. This required the participation of 3,500 volunteers. The guests receive guidance from case management agencies and attend budget and career planning workshops offered at the shelters. Fifty-seven percent of the guests found more permanent housing after being in the network. Twenty-eight percent of the adults were employed when they left and fifty-eight percent exited with either a job or income to which they were entitled.

The Great!

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

Because I open the shelter every evening I interact with the guests and see how they appreciate being in a shelter where they feel safe and where the food is so good and nutritious. The yearly training provided to coordinators and other volunteers by Interfaith Shelter Network is extraordinary.

Ways to make it better...

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

Get them more funding!

More feedback

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I can't think of anything.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It's given me a new appreciation of the plight of the homeless.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like I am really making a difference.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I recruit the volunteers that support the shelter at my church. This includes overnight hosts, dinner providers, laundry volunteers, clean up and set up folks, and food providers.

Interfaith Shelter Network of San Diego
November 9, 2010

The Interfaith Shelter Network has been in existence for 24 years, providing shelter and food to hundreds of homeless families and single adults. The network involves churches all over San Diego County that take in a dozen people for two weeks, housing them in the church and providing three meals a day. I have been coordinating this effort at my church for 23 years and our whole church reaps the blessing from helping the homeless.

The Great!

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

seeing the change when guests are transitioned into their own housing.

Ways to make it better...

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

get them more funds.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I recruit the 100 volunteers required for one two-week rotation and I open the shelter every evening.