Contact: Dan Dredla
19
Apr
2019
Chula Vista
CA
United States of America

Abigail Shrestha, Rotational Shelter Program Manager for Interfaith Shelter Network.

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.

The “crown jewel” of the Interfaith Shelter Network of San Diego is the Rotational Shelter Program. This is a seasonal emergency shelter program that takes in men, women and families with children.

The Network involves over 120 congregations of all denominations county-wide in a Rotational Shelter program. About 70 of the congregations host the program in their facilities for two or four weeks a year and the remainder serve in a valuable support role, providing volunteers for meals and overnight hosting, transportation and donations.

Through neighborhood congregations linking with others, people are sheltered where there are no shelters and receive the understanding and support of congregations when previously all they knew was fear and uncertainty. Congregations benefit by getting to know homeless individuals personally and the mutual sharing of stories is beneficial to both.