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San Francisco Interfaith Winter Shelter Returns for Its 31st Year

November 19, 2019

Watch a video celebrating the San Francisco Interfaith Winter Shelter’s 30th year in 2018. The low temperatures and wet weather of San Francisco’s winter months are dangerous for people experiencing homelessness, and particularly those who are unsheltered and vulnerable to exposure-related illnesses. Starting on November 24, 2019, Episcopal Community Services (ECS), in collaboration with partners the San Francisco Interfaith Council, Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, and San Francisco Night Ministry will once again launch the Interfaith Winter Shelter Program. The shelter will be hosted by the congregations of the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, First Unitarian Universalist Society, and...

ECS Focuses on Healthy Aging

October 2, 2019

Ladies enjoying the annual luau held at ECS’s Canon Kip Senior Center in August. ECS has long been one of San Francisco’s leading providers of interim and supportive housing and other services for seniors who are low-income and/or homeless (currently or formerly). In fact, this group comprises roughly one‐third of residents at ECS shelters and supportive housing sites. The Canon Kip Senior Center serves more than 1,400 seniors annually, providing a vital hub of daytime meals, case management services, and community activities for older adults. Seniors are the fastest growing demographic among homeless populations—their number is expected to double in major...

Adult Coordinated Entry: SF’s Gateway to Exiting Homelessness

September 5, 2019

Episcopal Community Services (ECS) operates San Francisco’s Adult Coordinated Entry (ACE) system, the gateway for people experiencing homelessness in the city to be matched with the services they need. Through Adult Coordinated Entry, ECS helps find solutions to homelessness for clients like “Janice,” “Sean,” and their dog Prince. ECS became the lead agency of ACE for the SF Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing in November 2018. This critical system was designed to provide a clear, standardized, citywide system to assess and prioritize the needs of people living on the streets, as well as a streamlined process to connect them...

ECS Problem Solvers: Finding Creative, Personalized Solutions to Homelessness

August 13, 2019

ECS’s Problem Solvers help people like “Uranchimeg” (name changed for confidentiality) find personalized pathways to safe homes. In her case, they helped her reconnect with her sister and provided the resources needed for her to return to Mongolia to live with her. By Josh Steinberger, Associate Manager of Problem Solving Episcopal Community Services’s (ECS) Problem Solvers take an innovative, highly personalized approach to help people experiencing homelessness find creative solutions and pathways to housing. As affordable and supportive housing are available to only a limited number of persons, particularly those with the greatest need, this division of our Adult Coordinated...

IPS: A Proven Solution for Employment in the Fight against Homelessness

July 9, 2019

By Beth StokesExecutive Director, Episcopal Community Services Emery Cowan and Rick Degette, experts on Individual Placement and Support, shared lessons on how to integrate employment into homeless systems of care. Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is an evidence-based practice designed primarily to help people with behavioral health conditions work at regular jobs of their choosing. The model has also evolved to serve others, including transition‐aged youth, veterans, justice‐involved individuals, people receiving public benefits, and, significantly, people experiencing homelessness. In June, Episcopal Community Services was proud to host a packed discussion on IPS at Google’s office in San Francisco, where nationally...

Navigation Centers Are a Key Element to Ending Homelessness

July 9, 2019

By Beth StokesExecutive Director, Episcopal Community Services Bryant Navigation Center Navigation Centers are a critical tool in the effort to end homelessness in San Francisco. They provide a low-barrier respite from the streets for a highly vulnerable population, in tandem with on-site case management, streamlined access to social services and medical care, and coordinated entry into pathways to permanent housing. In 2015, Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco (ECS), in partnership with the City of San Francisco, opened the city’s first Navigation Center at 1950 Mission St. and currently manages the Central Waterfront and Bryant Navigation Centers. In addition, ECS...

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CHEFS Kitchen Catering Website Now Available

May 22, 2019

Need treats for a meeting? Planning a lunch? Hosting a reception or special event? Now you can use our very own CHEFS Kitchen Catering to provide the meals, snacks, or hors d’oeuvres. We’re happy to launch a new website for our CHEFS catering program, which provides culinary training for homeless and very low-income people. Visit CHEFS Kitchen Catering to order catering and support ECS’s mission to provide housing and employment opportunities for all. You and your guests will not only appreciate the delectable food, but also the knowledge that this catering has helped support those experiencing homelessness to receive the culinary arts training...

Join Chef Martin Yan And “The Foodie Chap” Liam Mayclem at Episcopal Community Services 15th Annual CHEFS Gala on May 2, 2019

April 8, 2019

*** PRESS RELEASE*** Join Chef Martin YanAnd “The Foodie Chap” Liam Mayclemat Episcopal Community Services 15th Annual CHEFS Galaon May 2, 2019 Tickets on sale now at San Francisco, CA, April 8th, 2019 – Beth Stokes, Executive Director, and the Board of Episcopal Community Services (ECS) of San Francisco, a leader in San Francisco’s plan to create more supportive housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, are proud to announce the organization’s 15th annual CHEFS Gala fundraiser on May 2, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Bespoke, located at 845 Market Street atop Westfield Centre. We are...

PRESS RELEASE: Mayor London Breed Celebrates Opening of New Bryant Street Navigation Center

January 9, 2019

Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco (ECS) will operate the Bryant Street Navigation Center. In addition to Bryant, ECS also operates the Central Waterfront Navigation Center and previously operated the original Mission Navigation Center prior to its closure in October 2018. “This Navigation Center is a critical tool in a broader effort to drive systemic change and solve problems of homelessness more effectively on a larger scale,” said Episcopal Community services Executive Director, Beth Stokes. “Navigation Centers provide low-barrier, low-threshold respite from the streets for a highly vulnerable population, in tandem with on-site case management, streamlined access to social services...

PRESS RELEASE: San Francisco and Oakland Nonprofits Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco and The Unity Council Awarded $400,000 from Bank of America

November 20, 2018

San Fran East Bay Neighborhood Builders Award