May 17 at 9:32pm

Wrap-Around Services Lead Client To Self-Sufficiency

Diane VITA CSSWhen her La Jolla school was closed unexpectedly, local teacher Denise wasn’t sure where to turn. “I went on unemployment and soon after had an altercation with my roommate, leading me to need a new place to live,” said Denise. “I didn’t know what to do.” Upon calling 2-1-1 San Diego, a fellow local non-profit, Denise was referred to Interfaith.

“I first came into Interfaith for food assistance,” said Denise. “But then Chris, my case manager, told me about all the other things he could help me with: gas vouchers, budgeting classes, clothing vouchers so I would be ready for interviews, help finding a job and even an apartment – just about everything.”

When Chris told Denise that a tax workshop would be held at Interfaith later that month, she jumped at the opportunity.  After attending the class, Denise decided to utilize the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to help with her taxes, including those dated back to 2013.

“I was so happy to have someone to help me through my taxes and not have to pay to have them done,” said Denise. “Everyone here is so nice and I’ve been recommending that my friends get their taxes done here next year.”

So far, Denise is one of the over 1,900 VITA program participants that has received a tax refund this year. Today, she lives in an one-bedroom apartment in Oceanside and is back in the classroom as a part-time pre-school teacher.

If you would like more information on the VITA program and how you can make a direct impact on lives in our community, please contact Micki Hickox or call (760) 489-6380 ext. 204.