February 26 at 3:40pm

Housing 1000 in Action: Peter’s Story

Originally from New Jersey, Peter moved to San Diego County when his father, who served in the Air Force, was stationed in Southern California. After years of working a successful job in Encinitas, Peter was laid off in March 2016 – causing him to fall behind on bills and forcing his family out of their home. With nowhere to turn, they began camping along the beach in North County while trying to find a permanent place to live.

After moving his family from shelter to shelter all across the region, Peter ran into an Interfaith case manager while at the Encinitas Library. After learning about different programs and services Interfaith could offer him – including both employment and housing assistance – Peter decided to come in for a follow-up appointment and immediately began working with Interfaith to secure both employment and housing.

“It was hard to ask for help, coming from a level of success and then finding myself homeless,” said Peter. “But Interfaith was the only place that not only helped us, but treated us with dignity.”

With the help of a team of Case Managers, Peter quickly secured an interview with a local mortgage company and landed the job. Today, he works with the company as a Customer Service Representative and is preparing to take his Broker’s License exam.

In addition to employment assistance, Peter and his family were also able to move into their own two-bedroom apartment in Fallbrook. Through Interfaith’s Make It A Home program, the family also received help furnishing their new apartment with a donated couch, dining set, mattress, cleaning supplies and more.

“I had never been homeless before and Interfaith was the only one that ever gave me any hope,” said Peter.

Peter’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.