We were thrilled to join our partner Interfaith Community Services (Interfaith) for its Annual Meeting and the grand opening of the Abraham & Lillian Turk Recuperative Care Center. The Center will provide a place of healing and restoration, post-hospitalization, for local neighbors working to overcome homelessness and rebuild their lives. Greg Anglea, Interfaith CEO, said, “Together we’ve created a place that does not exist anywhere else in our community.”
The Center is dedicated to the memory of Jerry Turk’s parents, Lillian and Abraham. A community leader and philanthropist, Jerry is a longtime friend, advisor, and supporter of Leichtag Foundation. He currently serves on the Foundation’s Investment Committee. Jerry shared, “My parents would have been proud to be associated with Interfaith Community Services, as there is no organization in San Diego like Interfaith, that has the expertise and dedication to address the tragedy of being homeless. Both my wife Carole and I want to thank Interfaith for allowing us to do our small part in assisting them.”
In 2019, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to award Interfaith a $6 million capital grant to expand the agency’s proven-effective Recuperative Care Program. Together with the Turk Family’s founding donation and major gifts from The Conrad Prebys Foundation and Danna Foundation, as well as hundreds of local, generous donors, The Turk Center is ready to open its doors.
Founded in 1979, Interfaith Community Services is the largest social services provider in North San Diego County. Last year, the agency served 19,175 unique people, including 5,661 children, 682 veterans, and 3,749 seniors. Interfaith operates 75 programs located on 30 different properties.
Family homelessness has increased 56% in San Diego County since 2020, Interfaith has responded with stellar outcomes, including these additional highlights from 2022:
- Supportive Services include comprehensive programs and vital resources that empower community members to achieve independence. In 2022, these programs prevented 1,485 adults and children from becoming homeless, an 18% increase over last year. In addition, 212,446 meals were distributed and 6,425 people received access to showers, laundry, mail, and phone service.
- Homeless Outreach and Shelter programs connect with individuals experiencing street homelessness. They build trust to provide resources and shelter. Last year, Homeless Outreach Teams aided 346 people in Escondido, 875 people in Carlsbad, and 748 in Oceanside.
- Interfaith ended homelessness for 1,473 adults and children who were placed in long-term, stable housing.
- Recovery and Wellness programs provide a complete continuum of care including detoxification, residential treatment, outpatient, and sober living services for low-income individuals overcoming addiction. Last year these programs served 482 people, a 29% increase over the prior year. 6,323 people visited the on-site medical center, Neighborhood Healthcare and 1,156 people were newly insured for healthcare.
Sharyn Goodson, Vice President, Philanthropy