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

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Interfaith Coalitions, Religion


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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I've donated to Interfaith in the past, and my church works very closely with Interfaith on community programs. I've found their organization to be very people-focused, professional, and very efficient in using their available resources.

If you're a donor, a person in need, or an organization looking to have a positive impact on the community, Interfaith is a great organization to work with.

Review from Guidestar


Rating: 5

I am a joyful supporter of Interfaith for 11 years now. This organization makes a direct impact on not only its local community but San Diego County at large. It does so by directly helping people from all walks of life, from housing to food to recovery, the list goes on and on. Being involved with several Charitable organizations myself, I am always impressed with the level of dedication to helping those in need that comes from every helper involved at NC Interfaith. The strength of conviction that comes from this organization is directly linked to the people that serve and the people we are there to serve. Often those helped find themselves inspired to return the gift by getting involved and making a difference for another. This to me is the greatest demonstration of the success of the organization and it's programs. North County Interfaith is up to some remarkable life changing things including benefiting me as not only a donor but volunteer. Please consider support this most worthy group.

Blessings to all,

Rev. J.R. Westen, D.D.

Review from Guidestar


Rating: 5

I have supported and been aligned with Interfatih Community Services in diverse ways ever since its inception. As a professional who also reaches out to the community at large, I know of no other organization in North San Diego County that is meeting the needs of so many people, and in so many ways. The staff and volunteers working at Interfaith are second to none. Suzanne Stewart Pohlman, Executive Director of Interfaith for 28 years, is one of the most dedicated, hardworking, caring, and constructively creative persons I have ever known. Words fail me in properly describing her undying commitment to Interfaith and its' mission. Having this organization to refer people to for assistance has made my work in the community so much easier. I give my whole-hearted praise and thanks to everyone who makes Interfaith happen!

Review from Guidestar