April 9 at 3:40pm

Housing 1000 in Action: Justin’s Story

After six years in the Army, including a year-long deployment in Iraq, Justin returned home to Pennsylvania and enlisted in the Marine Corps.  It was with the Marines that he eventually moved out to San Diego and was stationed at Camp Pendleton.  Upon returning home from six months in Japan with the Marines, Justin decided it was time to honorably discharge from the military.

“I came home to my daughter saying ‘Daddy, please don’t go back,’ and what could I do?” said Justin.  “At the end of the day, I just wanted to stay in San Diego for my daughter and make it work.”

After settling back into civilian life in Oceanside, Justin tried to juggle going back to school at Mira Costa College to earn his degree in law enforcement with finding a part-time job.  However when he couldn’t get hired, Justin quickly found himself behind on bills and with an eviction notice on his front door.  While researching non-profits and veterans organizations in San Diego, Justin came across Interfaith.

“I saw the website, called, and came in for an appointment two days later,” said Justin. “This place has just helped me so much. Interfaith has given me everything I needed.”

After being set up with a case manager, Justin moved into a transitional housing apartment and was also provided with clothing vouchers and training to receive his security guard card, free of charge.  Today, Justin works full-time as a security guard and lives his own apartment in Vista that he’s decorated thanks to donors of Interfaith’s Make it a Home program.

“It took me longer than I thought it would, but I’m in a good place now thanks to Interfaith,” said Justin.  “It’s just so great to have your own place again.  Now, I can have my daughter come stay with me.”

Justin’s journey is just one example of how the Housing 1000 program changes lives. To learn about how you can get involved and contribute to the campaign today, please contact Robert Adams, Chief Development Officer, at radams@interfaithservices.org or by calling (760) 489-6380 ext. 206.