Interfaith Shelter Network Celestial Nights

Celestial Nights

Our annual fundraising and volunteer appreciation event is an unforgettable night of fun, food and awards.

The staff at Interfaith Shelter Network has adapted, gotten creative, and put in extra hours to ensure we stayed true to our mission of helping San Diego’s most vulnerable while striving to keep everyone safe and healthy. In our continuing commitment to the health and safety of all of our supporters, we will again pivot our annual Celestial Nights event to a direct mail fundraiser. Optimistically, we have booked Saturday, October 22, 2022, for the return to our in-person volunteer recognition and fundraising event. Mark your calendars!

In the meantime, our financial needs continue in order for us to keep our programs fully operational. Beginning November 1, 2021, we are launching our Celestial Nights fundraising drive to offset the loss of donations we typically receive each year during our Celestial Nights event. To kick off this drive, the first $11,000 in donations will be doubled by matching funds offered by some of our generous ISN supporters.

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Dear Friends,

It has almost become a cliché, but these have truly been unprecedented times! Nearly two years ago we were presented with the reality of a global pandemic due to the COVID-19 virus and we still deal daily with the challenges this has presented.

Here at Interfaith Shelter Network, we continue to adapt and modify to meet constantly changing needs and guidelines. With the aid of government grants and congregational support we moved our Rotational Shelter to a hotel model to protect our host congregations, clients, and staff. This allowed us to continue to provide services to situationally homeless clients across San Diego County without interruption since September 2020. One of these clients is Sonia.

Rotational Shelter

Sonia came to ISN in early 2021…

Sonia came to ISN in early 2021 after losing her boyfriend to COVID-19 and thus losing her housing. Several years of unfortunate events and most recently the devastating loss of a loved one had put Sonia’s mental wellbeing to the test.

With the support of her case managers at ISN, she is looking for employment, permanent housing, and taking care of her mental health with professional support services. Sonia says that during her time in shelter at ISN, she has been able to, “regroup and get my mental health back.” Your continued support has made this and many more successes possible for San Diegans left vulnerable in this pandemic.

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Our Rotational Shelter Program is not our only program experiencing change over the past year and a half. El Nido has been undergoing major renovations made possible by a generous grant from Zable Foundation. It has been a long, slow process with discouraging finds every time we start work on a new unit. After years of unseen leaks, termites, and dry rot, we are making the building safe and habitable for many more years of service to families fleeing domestic violence — for families like Arianna and her two girls.

El Nido

Arianna and her two girls came to El Nido in 2019 after years of physical, emotional, and verbal abuse.…

Arianna and her two girls came to El Nido in 2019 after years of physical, emotional, and verbal abuse. Arianna finally fled her marriage and home after her husband returned home drunk and under the influence of drugs, attacking her; throwing her to the floor on top of her toddler daughter. This was the moment Arianna knew she couldn’t let him hurt them any longer. She called the police, obtained a restraining order, and filed for divorce. Local support services guided her to El Nido.

While in the safety of El Nido, Arianna and her girls had time to heal and rebuild their lives. Even with all the challenges of COVID-19, she was able to continue work, purchase a car and find an apartment for her and her girls. Anna said, “I don’t have words to thank everyone who makes El Nido possible, who supported me and gave me the opportunity for a better life for my daughters. I thank you for this opportunity to pursue a better future.” I concur with Anna in thanking all of our supporters for the opportunity to give families a safe place to heal and build independent lives.

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It is exciting after many months of construction to have the second floor of El Nido complete and safe for families. Of the six units on the second floor, 3 have new families in them and we are working to place families in the other three. Repairs have begun on the ground floor and we hope to have the project complete in early 2022. With so many unforeseen repairs, we are concerned, but working to ensure all needed repairs are complete with the grant funds remaining.

As mentioned above, we are launching our Celestial Nights fundraising drive to offset the loss of donations we typically receive each year during our Celestial Nights event. To kick off this drive, the first $11,000 in donations will be doubled by matching funds offered by some of our generous ISN supporters.

I hope you will consider making a gift to support Interfaith Shelter Network. ISN helps hundreds of individuals and families each year. Our Emergency Shelter Program and Domestic Violence Transitional Housing Program provide safe places for homeless individuals and families to go while they move towards becoming permanently housed and self-sufficient.

We rely on our extraordinary network of generous supporters to respond to the challenging needs of our San Diego community. As the inspirational author, Sharron L. Adler says, “One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.”

For more information or to receive event information and updates please email interfaith@interfaithshelter.org with “Celestial Nights” in the subject line.