October 8 at 10:10am

Interfaith Receives $1.1 Million Grant from Longtime Donor

Philanthropist Melvin Cohn, a longtime supporter of Interfaith Community Services, has added to his generous support with a commitment of up to $1.1 million to name the Cohn Family Executive Director Chair for the next 10 years.

The donation will include grants of $50,000 each in 2015 and 2016 from the Betty and Melvin Cohn Endowment Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation. Beginning in 2017, the $50,000 annual distributions will come from the new Cohn Family Endowment Fund for Interfaith Community Services, to be established with a gift of $1 million.

“Throughout our history, the Cohn family has created a remarkable legacy through their support of Interfaith. Again, the Cohn family has stepped up with this generous gift; they are truly the heart of Interfaith,” said Executive Director Greg Anglea

Cohn and his wife, Betty, who passed away in April 2013, have offered generous financial support and participated personally as leadership volunteers at Interfaith Community Services for more than 20 years. In 1991, they funded the Tikkun Home, an Escondido residence for mentally ill women. The name Tikkun Home reflects the Cohn family belief in Tikkun Olam, Hebrew words meaning “to heal and repair the world.” The headquarters of Interfaith at 550 W. Washington Ave. in Escondido is named the Betty and Melvin Cohn Center in honor of their gift that helped secure and support this centerpiece of the agency.

“This is a strong endorsement of our organization, leadership and the work we do to help people in crisis,” added Anglea.

Interfaith Community Services provides a wide range of programs to help hungry, homeless, and low-income people throughout North San Diego County. Programs include food and basic needs, shelters and housing, employment services, family and social services, children and youth programs, senior services, veterans assistance, and addiction recovery. Each program is designed to “help people help themselves.”