North County-based social service nonprofit Interfaith Community Services continues to experience record increases in the number of families seeking first-time assistance for emergency resources as a result of the economy.
Compared with two years ago, Interfaith has seen a 58 percent increase in the number of people needing emergency services of food, housing and employment assistance. Simultaneously, donations are down 53 percent over the same time period. The sharpest increases are in first-time clients and two-parent families, which is up 85 percent.
"Many families who were once able to weather the initial impacts of the economic crisis are now hardly able to survive and can't provide the most basic of necessities for their children," said Suzanne Stewart Pohlman, Interfaith's executive director.
Homelessness, particularly among families, is also on the rise, Pohlman said. In the last eight months, 308 families have received rental assistance, one of the services provided by Interfaith.
The organization is asking for the community's support and assistance to help respond to the emergency needs of local families and individuals. Contact Interfaith Community Services at (760) 489-6380 or visit www.interfaithservices.org.