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You Can Be a Catalyst for Change

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Homelessness is complicated.

Take Carlton*. Sleeping was cold, difficult, and dangerous. He was the victim of multiple crimes and assaults.

He started using drugs; they helped him stay up all night so he could stop worrying about being attacked. 

This is the reality for many people living on the streets. But there is hope: you.

Your support of Episcopal Community Services helps adults experiencing homelessness. With your help, ECS outreach workers connected with more than 2,000 homeless adults—like Carlton—through street outreach and engagement programs at Friend to Friend and Uptown Safe Haven.

For Carlton, he enrolled at Uptown Safe Haven; a residential facility that provides food, shelter and supportive services to homeless adults with serious mental health issues.

Within a week of moving into Uptown Safe Haven, he stopped using meth. With the help of counseling and his healthy living environment, he enjoyed his newfound sobriety.

But recovery is a daily struggle.

After six months of sobriety, Carlton had a short relapse. He decided he needed more help.

Fortunately for Carlton, the staff at Uptown Safe Haven told him about Friend to Friend, our non-residential outreach and engagement center for homeless individuals with serious mental health issues.

Friend to Friend connects homeless adults to social services including housing assistance, food, mental health care, job assistance, and substance use disorder treatment through partnerships with other agencies. Friend to Friend also provides a clubhouse where members can meet with outreach workers, attend classes, use a computer lab and share meals.

At Friend to Friend, Carlton attends Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) classes. The WRAP classes are helping him create his own personal recovery plan, including ways to prevent further relapses.

Carlton is working hard on his mental health and sobriety one day at a time.

Will you be there to support Carlton in his recovery?

Your support of ECS transforms lives and we simply couldn’t do it without you. Programs like Uptown Safe Haven and Friend to Friend rely on your generosity to continue their work. 

Please consider a gift this holiday season to those in need, like Carlton. You make a difference in the lives of so many. Thank you for bringing hope and change to our community.

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