Client Success Story: Glenn

 

Glenn CSSFor more than six years, Clearly Clean Janitorial has provided high quality business janitorial services to its customers, while maintaining a supportive work-training environment for clients of Interfaith Community Services. Clearly Clean employs veterans, non-veterans, and clients who may have mental or physical disabilities, or face other barriers to employment.

Glenn, a veteran and Clearly Clean lead, has been employed with the program for nearly two years. A Poway native, Glenn was introduced to Interfaith when the house manager at his sober living facility heard that Clearly Clean was looking for employees.

“You get so disappointed out there looking for a job,” said Glenn, “that it’s a blessing that Interfaith is here with Clearly Clean.”

In addition to working with Interfaith, Glenn also lives in the organization’s Veteran Housing Program on Aster St. in Escondido. This apartment-style setting is designed for veterans, like Glenn, who are working or are on a vocational path. Residents of the Aster St. program are expected to function at a high level, in terms of work readiness efforts and permanent affordable housing searches.

“Interfaith helped me get a roof over my head, get on medication, and get my head out of a cloud,” said Glenn.

Today, in his role as a lead with Clearly Clean, Glenn is a key component of the program’s success, in addition to serving as an example for other employees. While remaining hands-on in his janitorial work, Glenn also over-sees cleanings and helps direct the rest of his crew when on-site.

“I’ve learned to regain responsibility and accountability to live a healthier life,” said Glenn. “I am so grateful.”

All fees collected from the Clearly Clean Janitorial Services program are utilized to pay a salary to the crew, provide them with training, as well as cover the cost of supplies and equipment to grow the program.

Interfaith Community Services is now looking for additional businesses in North County San Diego to contract out Clearly Clean Janitorial services to! To learn more about the program and how your business can get involved, please contact Accursio Scalia, Site Supervisor, at ascalia@interfaithservices.org.


You’re Invited: General Membership Meeting 4/15

 

BW HANDS RAISEDJoin us at our next General Membership Meeting!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

11:30am – 1:00pm

Betty & Melvin Cohn Nutrition Center

550 W. Washington Ave.

Escondido, CA 92025

 

Our General Membership Meetings are where we gather our faith member representatives and community partners to discuss the latest in regards to Interfaith’s programs and services, as well as collect your suggestions and feedback about how we can more effectively serve our community.

This month, we will be featuring:

  • An in-depth look at veterans in North County
  • Reports from case managers who help veterans plan their futures, as well as the therapists that help facilitate their healing
  • Recuperative Care: providing healing and hope
  • How can you help North County veterans?
  • A review of the 2014-2015 Haven House Winter Shelter

Bring your brown bag lunch and announcements to share from your faith center or community group!

RSVP to Mary Ferro, Faith Liaison, at 760.489.6380 x 266 or at mferro@interfaithservices.org.


Interfaith announces retirement of Craig Jones, Chief Operating Officer

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It is with regret but warm wishes that Interfaith Community Services announces the retirement of Chief Operations Officer Craig Jones, effective July 1, 2015. Craig has been an exceptional employee over his 18 years with Interfaith, serving in many capacities, including IT Manager, HR Manager, Special Projects Director, Grants Manager and interim Executive Director.

Craig started with Interfaith Community Services after the Escondido Community Sobering and Stabilization program became part of the organization; his initial responsibility was to assure data capture and reporting for the program.

“Serving in that program was truly an education for me, observing daily operations fist-hand,” said Craig. “But more importantly, I appreciated observing the plight, flow and improvement of our clients. Lives were truly being changed.”

Earlier in his career, Craig worked as a city planner for several California cities, as well as United Way of San Diego. Today, he volunteers for a variety of community needs projects including transportation systems improvement and peace and social justice initiatives – something he looks forward to dedicating more time to in his retirement.

“Craig’s dedication to the people we serve, to our clients, our volunteers, and our staff, is simply remarkable,” said Interfaith Executive Director Greg Anglea. “He has led Interfaith Community Services in a number of roles, bringing his trademark sense of humor, compassion for the poor, and earnest stewardship of resources trusted to Interfaith and our community.“

“Craig is a dedicated professional who has worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for people in need,” said Lila Fetherolf, Director of Housing and Senior Services for Interfaith, as well as a longtime colleague and friend. “It has been an honor to work with him and I wish him the very best in his retirement.”

In his retirement, Craig is looking forward to not only continuing on his volunteer work, but also tackling home projects and spending more time with his family. “At Interfaith, we are in very good hands,” said Craig. “New leadership and the Board of Directors’ energy have launched us into effectiveness for the foreseeable future.”

While Craig will be stepping down from his current role, he looks forward to volunteering and staying involved with Interfaith in his retirement.

“The people of Interfaith Community Services are forever grateful to Craig for his generosity, leadership, and dedication,” said Angela. “I look forward to working with him after his retirement too, as his work in the community will certainly carry on in new and exciting ways.”

Interfaith thanks Craig for his 18 years of service to our organization and wishes him well with all his future endeavors!


Save the Date: Stamp Out Hunger food drive – May 9, 2015

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On Saturday, May 9, 2015, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will collect food donations in order to provide assistance to the millions of Americans who are struggling with hunger. Celebrating its 23rd anniversary this year, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, having collected more than one billion pounds of food since its inception as a national food drive in 1993. The nation’s 180,000 letter carriers will collect food donations left at the mailboxes of generous Americans in more than 10,000 communities and deliver them to food banks and other hunger-relief organizations, such as Interfaith Community Services.

Jerry Morgan, Director of Food and Basic Needs at Interfaith, is optimistic that local collections in Escondido will reach the 75,000-pound level, thanks to the help of the Escondido and Orange Glenn post offices. Bags will be distributed to homes in which customers can leave food on their doorsteps to be collected.

“The ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive is the single most significant food drive that we have every year,” said Morgan. “It is held the second Saturday in May every year, which just so happens to be about the time we start running out of the food we collected during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday periods.”

Customers are encouraged to fill the bags they’re given with non-perishable food items that will be delivered to Interfaith. Last year’s drive brought in 74.4 million pounds of food nationally, bringing the total collected since the drive began to 1.3 billion pounds.

Wonder what items are great to donate to the food drive? Here are a few non-perishable food item ideas:

  • Cereal
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Canned meals such as soups, chili, pasta
  • 100% juice
  • Peanut butter
  • Pasta sauce
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Canned protein – tuna, chicken, turkey
  • Beans – canned or dry

For more information about how you can contribute to the 2015 Stamp Out Hunger food drive, contact Interfaith Community Services at 760.489.6380.


Interfaith Client Shines in Clearly Clean Program

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For more than six years, Clearly Clean Janitorial has provided high quality business janitorial services to its customers, while maintaining a supportive work-training environment for clients of Interfaith Community Services. Clearly Clean employs veterans, non-veterans, and clients who may have mental or physical disabilities, or face other barriers to employment.

Valerie, an Escondido resident, has been employed with Clearly Clean for nearly a year and a half. While overcoming addiction and living in one of Interfaith’s housing programs, she was approached by her house manager with an offer: a temporary cleaning job.

“I had never done that type of work before, but I knew how to keep my house clean and in order so I figured I could give it a shot,” said Valerie.

Due to her dedicated work ethic and cheerful personality, Valerie’s temporary job turned into a permanent position. Today, she works for Clearly Clean six days a week, rotating between shifts cleaning Interfaith’s Escondido-based Nutrition Center, a jewelry store in Carlsbad, and a church in Vista.

“The people here keep me motivated,” said Valerie. “I like my shifts and this work is good for me; it keeps me out of trouble and on my toes. It’s all worked out more than I ever thought it would.”

All fees collected from the Clearly Clean Janitorial Services program are utilized to pay a salary to the crew, provide them with training, as well as cover the cost of supplies and equipment to grow the program.

Interfaith Community Services is now looking for additional businesses in North County San Diego to contract with Clearly Clean Janitorial services! To learn more about the program and how your business can get involved, please contact Accursio Scalia, Site Supervisor, at ascalia@interfaithservices.org or at 760489.6380 x 204.