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Legacy, Mission & Values


Episcopal Community Services was founded in 1927. Since then our mission of serving God by serving those in need has been grounded in our commitment to affirm human dignity and promote social justice.

Episcopal Community Services (ECS) was founded by All Saints’ Episcopal Church to provide chaplaincy to those confined to hospitals and public institutions. The agency was funded by the proceeds of a local thrift shop and the contributions of 117 paying members. In 1939, a Board of Directors was formed to help set policy. The board expanded the scope of the agency in 1954 to provide programs that would address the welfare as well as the spiritual needs of the San Diego area. ECS was incorporated in 1955 and obtained its first government contract from the County of San Diego to provide chaplaincy services to inmates of honor camps. Today, ECS is responsible for the provision of over $25M of health and human services in San Diego.


Operating under its mission of serving God by serving those in need through programs that foster hope, dignity and independence , ECS empowers vulnerable and struggling individuals and families by providing vital, high-quality social services that encourage healthy interdependence. Thousands of children and adults are served every day by our programs which focus on early childhood education and development, homelessness, mental illness, and substance abuse education. ECS ensures each client is served without regard for ethnic background, culture, gender, age, sexual orientation or religious creed. 

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Inspiring children. Empowering adults. Transforming communities.


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.