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ECS Friend to Friend


ECS Friend to Friend is a homeless outreach program serving homeless adults diagnosed with a mental health disorder in central San Diego. Clients work with staff to set personal goals and create individual life plans with the overall goal of regaining health and independence. Staff assist in working toward their goals and identifying relevant referrals. Assistance is available in areas such as income, housing, education, employment, and mental and physical health. The Friend to Friend clubhouse makes a computer lab which available to clients as well as life skills classes which allow clients to use art, writing, and music to express themselves and receive support in their recovery journey. Monthly Life Celebration lunches and other special events allow for fun and community building. Friend to Friend offers homeless adults a safe space, and the caring, supportive staff provide them with practical help for setting and reaching their goals.

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Making a Connection
A unique component of the Friend to Friend Program is street outreach. We reach clients on the streets. WE also visit other agencies seeking out potential clients and invite them to visit the program center where we provide an array of social services, referrals, and assistance.

Our SSI/SSDI advocacy services are available to homeless adults with mental health disorders who qualify for SSI/SSDI as defined by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Our vocational reintegration services are available to Friend to Friend clients at a mutually convenient location - at the Friend to Friend Program office, on the streets, or at a collaborating community agency.

ECS Friend to Friend is funded by the County of San Diego. We provide on-going services to nearly 550 clients each year as well as one-time assistance to an additional 950 adults.

A few reflections from F2F program members:
"I would like to thank Friend to Friend for helping me find a job.I am so happy to be working again.I am taking a step toward becoming independent again."

"Friend to Friend, you are my dear friend.  You answer me when harsh times come my way. You forgive me for bringing them on myself. You support my struggles. Thank you!"

Friend to Friend
2144 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, Ca 92104

M-F 8am – 4pm (excluding holidays)
Phone: 619-955-8217
Fax: 619-955-5142

F2F Referral Form
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Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Advocacy Flyer
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F2F Newsletters
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Friend to Friend Resources
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Notice of Client Privacy Practices
This notice describes how information about clients may be used and disclosed and how clients can get access to this information. Clients are encouraged to review this notice carefully.
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