Advent Calendar Day 9: Episcopal Community Services

Episcopal Community Services (ECS)

Episcopalians (and others) living and worshipping in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego daily make the love of the Lord known through the work of Episcopal Community Services (through gifts of time, talent, and treasure). Take a moment to see the kind of work being done for the love of God through our Episcopal Community Services.

Locally, ECS provides housing for the homeless in the Coachella Valley.

Mission Statement

Serving God by serving those in need.

For the rest of the story: Episcopal Community Services. Hear what the Spirit is saying.

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ECS in the Coachella Valley

Homeless advocates estimate approximately 10,000 individuals are homeless in Riverside County. Many of those who are homeless find themselves in the Coachella Valley region of the county, where resources are limited. More than one-third of the homeless population likely suffer from mental illness, and almost half of the adults have been homeless for one year or longer. ECS has responded to the growing need for homeless services by providing essential residential and outreach programs.

Desert Vista is a permanent, supportive housing for chronically homeless and disabled. Several homesites throughout Palm Springs, Cathedral City and Desert Hot Springs provide 40 residents with long-term housing. Residents work towards achieving their independent living goals by utilizing a low demand, harm reduction model that enables them to progress at their own pace. Case management staff work closely with residents in the development of their independent living plans to assist them in maintaining permanent housing. Rent is equal to 30% of a resident’s income.

View or download the ECS Coachella Valley Brochure

Photo: ECS Coachella Valley Brochure

Author: Daniel Rondeau

I am a husband and father and an Episcopal Priest (now retired) in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego.

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