Every year the most conscientious, productive individuals and families Interfaith serves are nominated by staff for the Holiday Adopt-a-Family program. The individuals and families are then anonymously matched with generous adopters who fulfill their wishes for the holiday season and provide them with comfort, support, and community.

Adopt-a-Family is a large-scale effort requiring time, energy, and goodwill! You can be the joy that makes this the most successful year ever when you adopt and/or volunteer your time to organize your friends, family, colleagues, classmates, faith members, and others to participate as adopters. Signups are closed but please click the host, donate, or “Simple But Significant” registry to bring joy to a neighbor this holiday season.



We will do the shopping for you!
Select “Holiday Adopt a Family Fund”
Adopt a Family
Sign up to be matched
with an individual or family.
Host a Drive
Organize a drive and collect
items from our wish list.
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Interested in learning more about the Holiday Adopt-a-Family program? Read our FAQ fact sheet.


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Want to help but can’t commit to adopting? Choose to donate from our registry of basic items (and a few fun ones too) that we can gift to both our unsheltered neighbors and to clients in our residential treatment programs who may have missed the adoption deadline.




Sign Up to Adopt a Family or Individual
Friday, October 1st through Friday, November 5th


Adoptions Begin
Adopters are matched with clients and wishlists are sent to adopters!
Friday, October 1st through Monday, November 8th


Winterfaith Wonderland Drive-thru Gift Drop-off*
Interfaith Community Services Headquarters – 550 W. Washington Ave., Escondido, CA 92025

Friday, December 3rd  | Saturday, December 4th | Sunday, December 5th


* Adopters will receive a survey to sign up for a drop-off date and time.