There’s something particularly moving about an organization of people with different faith backgrounds gathering their hearts together for a greater purpose. In this instance, it was to address the issue of homelessness.
The nonprofit organization Interfaith Community Services in the city of Escondido, Calif. has announced that they have purchased a motel with intentions of transforming it into short-term housing quarters for homeless people. Over 50 beds will be available for those discharged from hospitals without homes to recover. This will be for healing and to assist them with getting housing on their own.
About 60 beds are intended for short term living quarters for individuals who have already finished either a treatment program, shelter stay, or recuperative care and are still seeking stable housing.
Greg Anglea, CEO of Interfaith Community Services, said that escrow will be closing on October 12th, and that temporary housing would begin later in the month. As for the recuperative care center, renovations will start soon after and the goal is for completion towards the end of this year or the beginning of next.
This isn’t the first recuperative care center that Interfaith Community Services runs. Hawthorne Veteran and Family Resource Center is another one located in Escondido, but Anglea expressed that there is always a need for more of them.
“Recuperative care works. In our recuperative care program, more than 75 percent of our clients not only stabilize the health condition that landed them in the hospital, but they also address and end their underlying homelessness and move into some sort of stable housing,” Anglea said. “This is a great opportunity for people who want to be a part of this work to help with a contribution to support this new place of healing and restoration.”