Interfaith's Self-Sufficiency and Support services provide comprehensive services to empower vulnerable youth, families, adults, seniors and veterans to lead independent and thriving lives. Through assessments, individualized case management and supportive services, Interfaith's compassionate staff members ensure community members stay on track to successfully reach self-sufficiency. Click here to download more information on our Self-Sufficiency and Supportive Services.
Interfaith offers a variety of social service programs to lead our clients towards a life of self-sufficiency. Please click the "+" icon below to read more about each of the social services Interfaith offers our clients.
Interfaith provides emergency walk-in assistance in both the Betty and Melvin Cohn Center in Escondido and the Coastal Service Center in Oceanside. Volunteer intake workers and staff provide basic assessments, referrals and basic needs services to clients requesting assistance. Services may include:
-3 days worth of non-perishable food items
-Gas vouchers or bus passes for job interviews and doctor's appointments
-Assistance with identification cards, prescriptions and birth certificates
-Connections to benefits and utility programs
-Additional services available as needed
Walk-in hours at both the Escondido and Oceanside location are Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Additional emergency food assistance is available at community-based locations throughout North County.
*The Social Services Department is closed the first Friday of every month.
The Family Self-Sufficiency Program provides intensive and customized case management to a diverse population of families and individuals. Through weekly or regular meetings, and with the guidance of their Case Manager, the family or individual work to improve their self-sufficiency. Through case management, individualized goals are identified, prioritized and then plans are created to achieve independence and stability.
Available at the Betty & Melvin Cohn Center in Escondido, Coastal Service Center in Oceanside, as well as community-based locations throughout North County, Interfaith provides free tax preparation for low-income families and individuals, with a focus on connecting tax payers to the Earned Income Tax Credit and other credits for which they may qualify. Volunteers certified by the IRD provide the tax preparation and all eligible returns are e-filed.
Interfaith Community Services is now offering a free Immigration Clinic to the public at both our Betty and Melvin Cohn Center headquarters in Escondido and our Carlsbad Service Center. Community members are welcome to come talk with immigration lawyers about their case, or receive general information about immigration status.
Monday’s from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The first Friday of the month from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The third Friday of the month from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The fourth Saturday of the month from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Available at the Betty and Melvin Cohn Center in Escondido, Interfaith offers access to expert legal workers for families to resolve their legal problems free of charge. Their legal assistance is offered to the public every Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The goal of Interfaith's Senior Services Program is to keep seniors in their own homes living healthy, safe and thriving lives for as long as possible. Please click the "+" icon below to read more about each of the social services Interfaith offers our clients.
Operating throughout North San Diego County, volunteers and local businesses are recruited to assist in making minor home repairs for qualified seniors. These repairs, such as fixing leaky faucets, repairing screen doors and windows, and installing grab bars or smoke alarms, make it easier and safer for seniors to stay in their own homes.
Operating throughout San Marcos and Vista, Project CARE maintains the well-being and independence of seniors and disabled seniors by providing a wide range of services, including:
-"How Are You?" daily reassurance phone calls
-Emergency medical information packets
-Outreach and referrals for senior services
By connecting seniors to services and information, Interfaith enables frail, isolated and disabled seniors to remain independent as they age.
Trained Client Advocates offer social services support and referrals to seniors in need. Support services may also include emergency financial support to ensure seniors can remain independent and self-sufficient.
North County Senior Connections (NCSC) is a weekly lunch and socialization program for underserved North County seniors served via the food truck, Thyme Together. NCSC locations are strategically located throughout Vista, San Marcos, and Oceanside at four senior mobile home communities and one faith center. In addition to healthy, prepared to order meals, weekly educational speakers and entertainment are presented. North County Senior Connections is a collaborative program of the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, Interfaith Community Services, Dreams for Change, Produce Good and the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.
The schedule for the Senior Connections Food Truck is as follows:
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Vista Village Mobile Home Park, Vista
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Palomar East Mobile Home Park, San Marcos
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
St. Francis of Assisi, Vista
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Palomar West Mobile Home Park, San Marcos
11:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Rancho Calevero Mobile Home Park, Oceanside
Interfaith's Transitional Youth Academy (TYA) supports resilient youth who are at-risk of dropping out of high school by providing intensive one-on-one academic mentoring, leadership development and workforce training to empower students to successfully graduate high school, achieve college enrollment and succeed in high-growth careers.
This unique, in-school program is currently fully integrated into the Oceanside Unified School District and serves over 300 students at both Oceanside High School and El Camino High School each year. In addition to serving both high schools, TYA also has an after-school, drop-in center at Ditmar Elementary School in Oceanside. This site offers a computer lab with homework support, student-parent engagement programming and recreation activities.
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