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About InterFaith Shelter Network


Birth of a Non-Profit


Homeless Girl

InterFaith Shelter Network (IFSN) is a public benefit 501(c)(3) born in 1989 in the hearts of philanthropic men and women who recognized a growing need for homeless shelter and services in Sonoma County, and formed to proactively identify and address those needs:

  • Operating the cold–weather emergency shelter at the Santa Rosa Armory for 15 years (until 2004) under a multi-party contract with the State of California, Santa Rosa National Guard, City of Santa Rosa, and Sonoma County
  • Serving up to 190 people each night and 500 unduplicated men and women each year
  • Providing hot meals, showers, hygiene supplies and other comforts
  • Developing supportive services, intake and assessment, advocacy and outreach
  • Providing medical and mental health care, rehabilitation, employment services and linkage to mainstream and community resources.

Experience compelled us to do more…and steered IFSN’s course specifically towards the development and of the Transitional Housing Program (THP). The plan was implemented in April of 1999 with the opening of “Wesley House”–the first of ten planned Transitional Housing Program facilities!

From our grass–roots beginning through today–each program and service provided has been strategically developed to meet the needs of the homeless. IFSN’s comprehensive case management, mental health care, and long–standing collaborations with our fellow community and mainstream service providers insure successful transitions. From homelessness to self–sufficiency and independence, our agency guides homeless men and women through a process of steps which promote physical, mental, emotional and fiscal stabilization, rehabilitation, education, employment, parent/child/family reunification, successful transition to the mainstream and permanent housing!