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 a feeling of comfort, support, and community.

Adopt-a-Family is a large-scale effort requiring time, energy, and goodwill! You can be the JOY that make 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.

To sign up to adopt, please complete the online Adopt-a-Family form. We will then match you to an individual or family and provide detailed information about their holiday wishes as well as provide shopping and gift drop-off information.

If you are unable to complete the online application, please call us and we will put a form in the mail, or visit our headquarters at 550 W. Washington Ave., Escondido (760-489-6380, ext. 207), to complete a hard copy form.

Interested in learning more about the Holiday Adopt-a-Family program? Read our FAQ fact sheet here.


If you or your group do not wish to shop this year, you can still make a difference by donating to the Holiday Adopt-a-Family program via a check or credit card gift.

To donate online by credit card, visit www.interfaithservices.org:


Important Dates to Note:

Sign up to adopt a family or Individual: October 5th – November 6th

Adoptions begin! Adopters are matched with clients and wish lists are sent: October 5th – November 11th

Gift drop off & Holiday Open House: December 4th: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm and December 5th and 6th: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
Interfaith Community Services, 550 W. Washington Ave., Escondido, CA 92025