October 8 at 12:29pm

Many highlights at ICS annual meeting

Interfaith Community Services looked back at its past and into its future at its Annual Meeting held Tuesday, Oct. 7 at Temple Adat Shalom in Poway, one of the agency’s founding congregations.

The 300 or so staff members and supporters of the North County provider of comprehensive basic needs and social services for people in need got the first look at a 45-foot-long timeline detailing many of the 35-year-old organization’s most significant moments. They then participated in a strategic visioning exercise aimed at helping Interfaith to determine its near-term priorities.

Executive Director Greg Anglea also announced a donation of up to $1.1 million from philanthropist and longtime ICS supporter Mel Cohn to name the Cohn Family Executive Director Chair for the next 10 years, a gift that Anglea said “goes to the core of who we are” – an agency leading the way to help people help themselves.

Before looking ahead, Anglea took a moment to salute 27-year volunteer Josie Bojorquez, presenting her with the Saemi Award. Interfaith annually presents the award to a volunteer who best exemplifies the ICS spirit of giving.

Bojorquez “helps in a profoundly steadfast way,” said Anglea, spending nearly every Tuesday afternoon in the development office processing each gift that arrives and sending a personal thank-you note to each donor.

Two former clients shared their personal stories with meeting guests, detailing how Interfaith’s programs and staff members helped them to move on from difficult circumstances into more stable living situations.

Continuing and enhancing that kind of work is at the heart of the strategic visioning process in which the meeting guests then participated. People at each table engaged in discussions of what are the community’s most urgent needs and how Interfaith should move forward to meet those needs.

The results were compiled and will be passed along to Interfaith’s board of directors for consideration at its meeting later this month.