Interfaith Shelter Network does MORE with LESS for MORE people.
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.
San Diego Union-Tribune, March 11, 2018
SHELTER NETWORK HOPES TO EXPAND YEAR-ROUND, SEEKS LGTBQ-FRIENDLY MEMBERS
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.