Interfaith meets the basic needs of vulnerable and low-income households by connecting them with nutritional assistance and comprehensive social services to achieve healthy and thriving lives. With 1 in 4 children in San Diego County as-risk for hunger, along with an estimated 9,000 homeless residents living without permanent shelter, the basic human need for food has never been greater. Last year alone, Interfaith Community Services was there to help by providing over 330,000 meals for hungry children, struggling families and the homeless. Click here to download more information on our Nutrition and Basic Needs programs.
The most basic human need is for food. Interfaith helps our clients get nutrition assistance is a variety of ways. Please click the "+" icon below to read more about each of the nutrition services Interfaith offers our clients.
Interfaith provides customized emergency food supplies to clients at both our Betty & Melvin Cohn Center in Escondido and our Coastal Service Center in Oceanside. Individuals and families working with Interfaith's client advocate staff benefit from more frequent support from the food pantry.
Each morning at our Betty & Melvin Cohn Center in Escondido, Interfaith serves a free, hot breakfast to the homeless and low-income in the area. Held from 6:30 a.m. - 7:15 a.m. every day of the week, we typically serve between 100 to 150 meals each morning. To-go sack lunches are also provided to attendees of the morning meal.
The goal of our social services program is to return our clients to a life of self-sufficiency, starting with the ability to shower, wash their clothes, make phone calls and more. Please click the "+" icon below to read more about each of the nutrition services Interfaith offers our clients.
Each weekday morning at our Betty & Melvin Cohn Center in Escondido, individuals have access to showers and laundry facilities, starting at 6:15 a.m.
Clients are able to use Interfaith's Betty & Melvin Cohn Center in Escondido's address for receiving mail and phone messages. Additionally, they are able to use our fax and copy machines, as well as a phone for making business-related calls within area codes 760, 858 and 619.
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