Together, We’re Creating a Place that Doesn’t Exist Anywhere Else in our Community

Interfaith Community Services is proud to announce our new Abraham and Lillian Turk Recuperative Care Center. With construction currently underway, we are transforming a former 77-room motel into a place of healing and restoration for our local neighbors working to overcome homelessness and rebuild their lives. The new Abraham and Lillian Turk Recuperative Care Center, named after philanthropist and lead donor, Jerry Turk’s parents, will become the home of Interfaith’s Post-Hospitalization Recuperative Care program and the new Interfaith Graduate Temporary Lodging program.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to award Interfaith a $9,000,000 capital grant to expand our proven-effective Recuperative Care program and create a Graduate Housing program. Interfaith leveraged these County funds with local community donations to purchase the 77-room motel located at 555 N. Centre City Parkway for $8.6 million. The refurbishment, upgrade and development of the Turk Center will cost $5.9 million for total project cost of $14,500,000. A community fundraising campaign has been initiated to fund the remaining $6 million.

Construction projected to be completed in Summer 2022.



“Journey to Healing” by Mauro Alvarez

In 2021, Interfaith Community Services unveiled “Journey to Healing” by Mauro Alvarez, the largest mural in Escondido. The artist paints a scene about recovery, beautifully symbolized by birds flying towards a sunset and a figure removing chains to gain freedom. In an effort to create a connection to their new home, each one of the colors in this mural was chosen by one of the residents of the Turk Center.

Mauro Alvarez is a local artist that struggled with recovery himself. Listen to the inspiration from the artist’s own words on our “Homeless in San Diego” Podcast:

Click here to watch the podcast.






If you’d like to make a donation, click on “Make a Gift” and select “New Turk Recuperative Care Center” in the designation dropdown. Naming opportunities are also available in recognition of gifts of all sizes towards this project. Pledges can be paid over multiple years. All gifts supporting the completion of the Abraham and Lillian Turk Recuperative Care Center will be applied 100% toward the purchase and renovations. For more information:


Contact Chief Development Officer:

Varinda Missett: (760) 270-3422.

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