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Imagine... a movement inspired by the arts to open the eyes of Americans to the plight of their own people. Imagine, through art, music and poetry, we are shining a much needed light on our own crisis: HOMELESSNESS

Art4TheHomeless was once a blog called Colors of Ink with Blogcharm, which closed down. Nutang, became the new home of Colors of Ink and was renamed Art4TheHomeless, by a really good friend, Samantha Medd. She is now the Co-Founder of Art4TH.

Now Art4TH is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization that unites artists of all venues to promote homeless awareness in the US.

Art4TH does this through the Art4TH Webzine, a monthly online magazine that features a musician whose music plays throughout the website, a feature artist, and a feature writer while also featuring a homeless relief organization. All artists featured retain their copyrights and all of it is free. If you would like to be a featured artist, musician, or writer contact me at johnnacrider@att.net

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Homeless Shelter of the Month goes to
Friday. 2.29.08 8:50 am
Interfaith Shelter of San Diego, CA!
The Mission of Interfaith is 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 enable those we serve to move toward self-sufficiency while respecting their dignity as children of God.

Their Vision is to eliminate homelessness in the urban communities of San Diego County through a cooperative partnership with faith-based communities, related government programs, and social service agencies.

Interfaith Shelter Network is a program of the Ecumenical Council of San Diego County and is supported by the City and County of San Diego and private donations.


The Network has two programs to assist homeless San Diegans, The Rotational Shelter and El Nido Transitional Living Program. All the services provided require case management appointments. For other assistance, check 2-1-1 San Diego, a county-wide resource guide site.

The Rotational Shelter is an emergency, night-time shelter program utilizing area churches and synagogues to house, feed, and care for 12-15 men, women, and children throughout the County. Entrance to the shelter is obtained through screening by case management agencies.

What it is:

Small, volunteer-run shelters set up outside of downtown San Diego in congregational facilities (for example, a church hall, temple classroom, library, etc.).

Offers three meals a day, case management guidance to help you achieve your goals, bus tokens, showers and a lot of personalized attention (hyperlink to within page)

Rotates to a different congregation every two weeks

Length of stay:

Up to eight weeks, providing you follow your case plan and shelter rules.

Guidelines for admission:

Be interviewed at one of our contracted case management agencies while they have an opening;

Be clean and sober;

Be able to follow a case plan designed for you and with you so you can obtain your own housing;

Willing to cooperate with case manager and congregation volunteers

Willing and able to live with up to 12 or more other shelter guests

Able to follow rules of the shelter, which includes the above and other traditional shelter rules


More than half of our guests leave the shelter for their own housing.

Over 60% have obtained a source of income by the time they leave.

What is case management:

Starts with screening you for eligibility to the shelter;

Continues with helping you to achieve your goals:
Case manager and you identify goals and the steps necessary to achieve them. Case managers will give you assignments to carry out those goals and will provide you with resources to allow you to carry them out.
A goal could be housing or job search. Case manager would require a certain number of prospects be followed up and in turn would provide bus tokens and shelter as long as the requirements are met.
Can provide guidance even if not in shelter or after you obtain housing

El Nido ("the nest" in Spanish) is our transitional living program for homeless victims of domestic violence and their families. Located in central San Diego, in a confidential site for safety reasons, the project offers stability in housing while allowing the residents to offer emotional support to each other and less isolation during this stressful time in their lives. It also is respectful of residents' autonomy and provides as close to a real-life scenario as possible.

Residents live in an 11-unit apartment complex for up to a year or more and, with the assistance of social workers, obtain the counseling, child care, employment, educational, and transportation services they need to become self-sufficient. Each of the units was beautifully furnished by a local congregation.

Services offered include:

A secure, confidential, independent living environment

Ongoing case management services

A chance to build new lives

Referrals to community resources

Fully furnished 1-2 bedroom apartments

Positive & supportive program staff and volunteers

A community of families facing similar situations

Call the El Nido Program at (619) 563-9878 and the staff will complete a phone screening with you and describe the program in detail.

If you want to help or donate:


The Interfaith Shelter Network is a unique collaborative program which unites congregations throughout San Diego County in providing emergency shelter for homeless individuals and families, who are screened and referred to the Network by local social service agencies. In each of seven regional branches, anywhere from three "host" congregations each sign up for two-week rotations during which time up to twelve homeless guests are housed and fed by congregation volunteers.

Additionally, "support" congregations within each branch are available to assist with overnights, meals and provision of toiletries and other supplies.


- NOTE: Shelters are open from 5:30/6:00 p.m. to approx. 7:00 a.m. daily. Guests leave the premises during daytime hours.
- 750 square feet of space (60 sq.ft. per cot)
- Adequate ventilation; two independent exits; sufficient lavatory facilities
- Food preparation/storage area

- A volunteer coordinator to organize and oversee the entire shelter operation
- Overnight volunteers for 14 nights*
- Volunteers to prepare meals and provide transportation for guests*
- These services may also be provided by volunteers from support congregations.


Opportunities for Participation by SUPPORT CONGREGATIONS

- Support congregations can help by providing overnight volunteers for any of the 14 shelter nights
- Volunteers can provide meals and/or transportation for shelter guests
- Volunteers can prepare the "hygiene packets," individual supplies of toiletries which are provided to guests during their shelter stay

- Support congregations can also assist host congregations by donating food supplies, linens, and/or funds to cover costs of laundering, transportation and other expenses incurred during the rotation.

For those who are unable to make the commitments required of a host congregation, being a support is a great way to involve congregation members in this cooperative effort to assist less fortunate members of the community.

Want to Volunteer?

There are a number of ways to volunteer your services to the Network, as our needs change rapidly to meet upcoming challenges.

- Volunteer for the Rotational Shelter Program
- Volunteer in the shelter - most congregations recruit volunteers from within their community, but few turn away willing hands. If your congregation is not part of the Network, contact us, and we'll try to put you in touch with a host congregation near you.
- Workshop presenters - the Network provides workshops to our homeless guest on career planning and on budgeting. Often, these volunteer presenters are in the Human Relations or Financial fields, but that is not a requirement. If you are interested, please forward us an application, found here.
- Office help - on occasion, we need assistance with basic office tasks or Mailings (labeling, stuffing and sorting); Compilation of volunteer packets (involves copying & sorting; Typing) ; Some data entry in computer (instruction/supervision provided); Occasional assistance with phones. Familiarity with IBM compatible PC's on a Windows platform would be helpful, but not necessary.

- Volunteer for El Nido
- As this is a domestic violence safe harbor program, volunteers must be carefully screened. Help is sometimes needed for respite child care, seasonal events, tutoring (both adults and children), donation pick-up, and transportation, to name a few.

To volunteer as a Workshop Presenter, for Office Help, or for El Nido, please fill out our volunteer Application


The largest single source category for our budgeted income is individual and corporate donations. While we maintain a very small staff and limited office, they do require funding to operate. The $90,000 we must raise annually helps leverage nearly $330,000 in donated efforts to the program. Won't you help and become a Special Friend of the Network?

Ecumenical Council of San Diego County
1880 Third Ave
San Diego,CA 92101

Who We Are
The Ecumenical Council is an association of Christian congregations in San Diego County.
Programs also include other faith traditions and include Interfaith Shelter Network (Rotational Shelter & El Nido), Third World Opportunities, Called to Dance, and Names Project.


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