Interfaith's Self-Sufficiency and Supportive Services provide access to comprehensive programs that empower the community to lead independent and thriving lives. Through assessments, case management, and supportive services, Interfaith ensures community members reach self-sufficiency. Click here to download more information on our Self-Sufficiency and Supportive Services.
Interfaith meets the basic needs of our community by connecting individuals and families to nutritional assistance. Last year alone, Interfaith distributed 147,682 meals to our community.
EMERGENCY FOOD ASSISTANCE
Interfaith provides customized emergency food supplies to clients in both Escondido and Oceanside. Individuals and families working with Interfaith’s client advocate staff benefit from more frequent support from the food pantry.
Each more at our Inland Service Center in Escondido, Interfaith serves a free, hot breakfast to the homeless and low-income in the area. Held from 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. every day of the week, we typically serve between 100 and 150 hungry people each morning.
Interfaith empowers our community by providing access to basic social services to achieve healthy and thriving lives.
Every weekday morning at our Inland Service Center in Escondido, individuals have access to showers and laundry facilities starting at 6:15 a.m.
Clients are able to use Interfaith’s Inland Service Center’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 the area codes 760, 858, and 619.
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 the Betty and Melvin Cohn Center in Escondido, the Coastal Service Center in Oceanside, and the Carlsbad Service Center. 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 each location are:
Coastal Service Center: Wednesday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Inland Service Center: Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Carlsbad Service Center: Tuesday - Thursday from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.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 IRS provide the tax preparation and all eligible returns are e-filed.
Last tax season, we helped over 2,157 families file their taxes, resulting in over $3.1 million in refunds - thanks to the hard work of an extremely dedicated volunteer team. To receive more information about how YOU can participate in the 2018 VITA program, please contact Interfaith's VITA Site Supervisor, Veronica Blea at email@example.com or by calling 760-489-6380, ext. 202.
If you are unable to come to a VITA site for a face-to-face meeting, you are able to file your taxes online for free. To prepare your own taxes at no cost, please click here.
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.
To receive more information about how you can participate in Interfaith's free legal aid clinic, please contact Tom Christie, Homeless Court Advocate, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 760-489-6380, ext. 211.
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
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