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History, Mission & Values


Originally founded in 1927 by All Saints' Episcopal Church to provide social welfare programs for the poor, elderly, sick, and "those who might otherwise be forgotten", Episcopal Community Services (ECS) expanded its scope in 1954 to provide programs to address the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of all San Diegans. ECS was incorporated in 1955 and obtained its first government contract with San Diego County to provide counseling and jobs for men released from prison. Today, ECS provides more than $27 million in health and human services in the areas of homelessness, mental health, poverty, addiction and early childhood education to more than 8,000 clients in San Diego. 


Operating under its mission of serving God by serving those in need through programs that foster hope, dignity, and independence, ECS inspires children, empowers adults and transforms communities by providing vital, high-quality social services that encourage healthy interdependence. 

Every client is served regardless of ethnic background, culture, gender, age, sexual orientation or religious creed. The overarching goal of ECS is to provide services that build a bridge to a brighter future.


A community where all are supported to reach their potential.


At Episcopal Community Services, we hold an ongoing commitment to our core values of:

Excellence: What we do is done well to achieve the highest quality.

Compassion: We treat others the way we want to be treated.

Service: We manage and sustain our resources and talents wisely to better serve others.