April 21 at 2:33pm
Interfaith moving its coastal operations to Libby Lake Community Center
UPDATED: We have now completed our move to the new Coastal Services office at 4700 N. River Rd., in Oceanside. All who are seeking services and assistance should now come to this location. All food donations should also be brought directly to the new location as well. For questions, call (760) 721-2117.
Interfaith Community Services will soon have a new home on the coast.
The move marks a rare opportunity to both save money and reach more of the people who are in need of Interfaith’s social services program – an chance that came along because of ICS’s relationships with the Veterans Association of North County and the City of Oceanside.
As of April 21, staff members began packing up for a move to the Libby Lake Community Center, 4700 N. River Road, Suite C (scroll down for the interactive Google Map location). ICS coastal services will be suspended temporarily until the move is complete. Operations will resume at the new Libby Lake location on May 5.
At the beginning of April, Interfaith’s veterans services program, Veterans Assistance of San Diego (VANC), transferred its coastal operations to the Veterans Association of North County building at 1617 Mission Ave. in Oceanside, creating a one-stop veterans resource center in cooperation with VANC.
Moving the veterans staff out of the Oceanside Boulevard facility left more room than was needed by ICS’s remaining social services staff. As a result, ICS was able to secure space at the Libby Lake Community Center, where other resident agencies like Vista Community Clinic, will expose more people to ICS’s programs and services.
Altogether, these moves will save Interfaith nearly $10,000 a month in rent, explained Craig Jones, interim executive director.
“One of the primary reasons we needed to leave is that the lease was up and lease costs were very high,” said Jones. “Because the Libby Lake facility is an Oceanside city facility, we will pay rent, but it greatly reduces the cost of what we’re paying at (the coastal center).”
The move by the veterans program created the chance to partner with some 30 other organizations operating out of the Mission Avenue building. Taking social services and other programs to the Libby Lake center provides a similar collaborative opportunity.
“We’re moving into a space where there are other community providers, specifically, the Vista Community Clinic and SER Jobs for Progress,” said Jones. “For our non-veteran clients this is an opportunity to have coordination and collaboration with other agencies to have a one-stop opportunity to serve clients.”
Both the new veterans and social services sites are more accessible to areas from which many of Interfaith’s clients come, added Jones.
The closing of the coastal center brings to an end most of the agency’s food assistance programs on the coast. The food pantry will be closed, with resources distributed to nearby food-service groups Brother Benno’s, Bread of Life, and the Salvation Army. That will reduce duplication of such services in the area. Limited food assistance will be provided to enrolled clients at Libby Lake.
“We worked hard to be sure the clients in this area will continue to have food assistance from our partners,” said Jones.
Interfaith Community Services moved its coastal office to the renovated Oceanside Boulevard site in November 2004, two years after agreeing to an alliance with the North Coastal Service Center. The two agencies merged in May 2003.