Member Spotlight – Episcopal Community Services



Episcopal Community Services (ECS) is a nonprofit organization that provides over $34 million in health and human services to more than 7,000 clients and employs more than 450 professionals in the San Diego region. They are growing to meet the community’s most urgent needs – homelessness, addiction, and children’s education and mental health.

As San Diegans emerged from the pandemic, children’s mental health was suffering. With support from the County of San Diego, ECS expanded its bilingual, bicultural Para Las Families program to children ages 6 to 12 and their families.

In December, ECS opened its new 22-bed Community Harm Reduction Team (C-HRT) Safe Haven in the Midway District of Point Loma. The Safe Haven provides a safe and supportive space for individuals experiencing homelessness, mental illness, and substance use disorder. The team provides evidence-based care, with both lived and professional experience, to help clients on their journey to wellness.

To combat the substance use disorder crisis, ECS has been awarded a five-year contract from the County of San Diego to provide residential substance use disorder treatment to transition-age youth (TAY). This contract will enable ECS to provide 15 beds, with four for withdrawal management and 11 for treatment.

In response to community needs, ECS Head Start is creating more full-day slots to support families and more space for younger students who need specialized, wrap-around support tailored to low-income children and families, homeless, or in foster care.

Through its growth, ECS has built its board to reflect the community it serves, recruiting members with rich professional experience. In January, ECS was honored to be one of the recipients of The Nonprofit Institute’s 2023 Kaleidoscope Award for Good Governance, which recognizes organizations that excel in board governance.

Get to know ECS and join them for their annual gala, the Moonlight Ball, on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at the Humphreys Half Moon Inn. This elegant fundraiser will feature fine dining, live music, dancing, a silent and live auction, and more. Sponsorship opportunities are available at

ECS, breaking barriers and transforming communities.

For more information, contact Adrienne Wilkerson, Communications Director, at