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

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Interfaith Coalitions, Religion

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.

    

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Ginger H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Melvin T.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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."

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mdare

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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Rtfh S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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