Having a stable job is key to building an independent, stable life. By providing a "hand up" and not a "hand out," Interfaith is able to help our clients get back on their feet and become self-sufficient by obtaining and retaining secure employment. Click here to download more information on our employment programs.
Interfaith assists clients in their pursuit of self-sufficiency by helping them search, prepare for and retain stable employment. After assessing a client's needs, volunteer vocational planners and employment services staff work with clients one-on-one to set employment goals and objectives through a customized plan. Clients meet with staff regularly to work through each step of their plan, receiving the direction and encouragement they need to succeed.
Services available to clients include:
-Career assessments and employability tests
-resume and online application preparation
-Interview preparation and self-esteem mentoring
-Job search assistance
-Advocacy to resolve legal issues affecting employability
Filing for unemployment/CalJOBS
-Researching and/or applying for school and training opportunities, financial aid, scholarships and grants
-Workshops on typing and computer skills
Interfaith's clients are able to use our computer labs at both the Betty & Melvin Cohn Center in Escondido and the Coastal Service Center in Oceanside to conduct job searches, employment research, resume preparation and other vocation-related activities. General assistance on the computer is available from volunteers on a limited basis. Hours of operation by location are posted weekly in the lobbies of both buildings.
Is your business or organization looking for qualified employees to join your team? Interfaith has a full-time Job Developer that will help you fill your open positions at no-cost with job seekers that possess the appropriate experience and qualifications to suit your needs.
Interfaith is committed to helping veterans find sustainable employment opportunities. We network with local employers and vocational training programs, as well as providing coaching to help our veterans become job ready.
These services include:
-Work readiness training
-Job search assistance
-Access to our computer resource labs in both Escondido and Oceanside
Specialized employment assistance is also available for female veterans and veteran families.
North County Labor Connection (NCLC) is a neutral location where laborers can connect with employers for daily, temporary, or permanent job needs. Job connections are available Monday - Saturday and typically include home improvement projects, painting, moving, yard work, construction cleanup, and more. Skilled labor, such as masonry and tile work, is also available with requests made in advance.
Lisa came to Interfaith in need of a place to recover after she found herself in the hospital with a broken hip, a result of her alcohol addiction. After her recovery, Lisa transitioned into Interfaith's Behavioral Health & Recovery Program, where she lived for a year and began practicing something that surprised her: art therapy. Today, Lisa is sober, lives in her own home in Encinitas and volunteers with Interfaith, teaching arts & crafts to veterans currently enrolled in the Recuperative Care Program. "Interfaith saved my life, no doubt about it. I wouldn't have lasted long on the streets; they gave me a home and my sobriety."
LISA - Behavioral Health & Recovery client
Both Jessica and Jacob came to Interfaith separately, before they were a couple, seeking food and employment assistance. While they worked independently to achieve self-sufficiency, they soon met, married and became parents to a baby girl. After enrolling in Interfaith's Family Housing Program, the couple moved into an apartment, learned how to be diligent in saving, enrolled in family counseling and today, are living on their own with their two children. "We had lost pretty much everything - and then we found Interfaith. We are so thankful for what we have and everything we've been given."
JESSICA AND JACOB - Housing clients
Lucilo first walked through Interfaith's doors by way of the food pantry; he regularly received nutrition assistance, including turkeys during Thanksgiving to supplement holiday meals. When he found himself homeless several years later, Lucilo again turned to Interfaith for help finding a place to live. Today, with Interfaith's help, he lives in a three-bedroom apartment with enough room for his two sets of twins, ages four and nine. "I never thought I would be asking for all this help, but life goes up and down. I'm just very lucky I found a place like Interfaith."
LUCILO - Social Services client
Griselda, a junior at El Camino High School, described herself as a quiet, shy girl who struggled in school prior to involving herself with Interfaith's Transitional Youth Academy. Today, thanks to the mentoring she received, a summer internship she secured and weekly leadership lunches with staff and other students, Griselda has improved her grades and has her sights set on college. "I feel like I can accomplish things now. I know now that I can set goals and achieve them on my own."
GRISELDA - Transitional Youth Academy client
Tony's journey with Interfaith began after he was laid off and found himself without a paycheck or health benefits. After talking with the social services team, Tony was able to obtain a security deposit for a new apartment, gain access to the emergency food pantry and was given a bus pass to get to and from work. "Interfaith kept me off the street. Without them, I don't know what I would've done."
TONY - Senior Services client