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Give us hope for a brighter tomorrow!


The new face of homelessness...


Help make dreams for a safe place to live come true.

Interfaith Shelter Network does MORE with LESS for MORE people.

Click here to see a video about our mission, history, and programs.


To coordinate the efforts of participating congregations, social service agencies and governmental programs in order to provide shelter and other resources to homeless individuals and families and to enable those we serve to move toward self-sufficiency.


Our Vision is to eliminate homelessness in the urban communities of San Diego Country through a cooperative partnership with faith-based communities, related government programs and social service agencies. The Interfaith Shelter Network does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disabilities in hiring practice or provision of services.


Corporate and private donations are the single biggest income source of our annual budget. The Network relies on the generosity of individuals, congregations, foundations and service organizations for a significant portion of its budget. Our annual budget of $715,000 does not include the in-kind value of donated volunteer hours, meals, furnishing and services estimated at over $500,000.



Dear Network Member,

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to unfold, ISN remains committed to the health and safety of our clients, volunteers and staff. We are closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation and adhering to public health guidance.

The Rotational Shelter Program is closing this week – a bit shy of our traditional season – for the safety of all. Most of our shelters had already closed for this season. ISN staff found temporary housing for 40 of the 44 clients and we are still seeking positive outcomes for the remaining 4 clients. Our heartfelt thanks to the congregations who are assisting with this process. And to all who made this another successful shelter season.

ISN’s El Nido DV transitional housing program remains in operation with all the families observing health guidelines. Moms are home with their children who are continuing to meet their educational requirements using home electronics or completing paper homework assignments. Most of these Moms are losing pay as they have little or no paid sick leave that would continue a paycheck. We are assuring all families have the food and supplies they need as this crisis evolves.

ISN’s HEAP (homeless prevention) and ISN Housing (financial assistance) programs continue to operate. During case management visits we are helping the clients assess their situation and come up with contingency plans going forward.

How You Can Help
As a nonprofit organization we are not eligible for any of the emergency federal funds being considered. ISN is seeking additional funding to meet the anticipated increase in need as household incomes are affected by closures. Both of these programs will provide vital funds to keep people safely housed.

Should you wish to make a contribution to these vital programs, please go to our web site, , or call (619) 702-5399 for assistance or send checks to:

Interfaith Shelter Network
3530 Camino del Rio North, Suite 301
San Diego, CA 92108

Thank you for your continuing confidence and support for ISN. Together, we make this community stronger, more livable and a more caring place to live.

Trisha Brereton
Executive Director


San Diego Union-Tribune, March 11, 2018


by Gary Warth

A countywide network of religious congregations that provide winter shelter for hundreds of homeless people hopes to expand and offer its services year-round while also increasing its number of LGBTQ-friendly hosts.

“Homelessness doesn’t start in October and end in May,” said Interfaith Shelter Network Executive Director Trisha Brereton, referring to the months in which the organization operates.

The network provides shelter for about 250 people a year during that time frame, and allows each person stay up to eight weeks.

The network consists of 120 congregations, with 67 hosting shelters in two-week rotations for up to 12 people a night.

Making the network operate year-round would require 26 more hosts in each of its seven branches countywide, or 182 more participants.