Church of the Epiphany

Everyone knows that Episcopal Community Services is a thirty year success story for creating pathways out of homelessness and intergenerational poverty. But, it is so much more. The seeds of hope planted by this extraordinary organization have benefitted substance abuse disorder treatment, mental health care, early childhood education, preschool services, homeless and transitional programs, children’s counseling, literacy, economic independence and more.

 

Church of the Epiphany in Vacaville, a Jubilee Ministries center, is honored to have been the recipient of this generosity. In our position as a community center in the heart of our city, we have been called upon to take a leadership role in many different transformational endeavors. As the community’s largest provider of free, hot meals, our food program is robust and critical to the support of ending hunger in our community both with our homeless guests and our new rising number of unemployed neighbors. We partner with some fourteen other faith organizations including Mormon, Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist, spiritual centers, Disciples of Christ, city, county, neighborhood organizations, merchants, and other Episcopal churches that use Epiphany as the central platform to stage programs. Everyone does what they can, whether it be managing the spice pantry or taking on a meal preparation day. As you might imagine, this large effort causes a huge impact on the budget, building and grounds, utilities, repairs and maintenance. Without the help of Episcopal Community Services, we would still be working with linoleum in disrepair to the point of causing safety issues. We would not be able to “employ” homeless people to work around the church for such things as cleanup in the food distribution area. We would not have a beautiful children’s library including bilingual offerings. Most importantly, we would not have had the mentoring and exposure to the projects that others are doing which are inspirational as to what we can do to better our own offerings. The application process gives us the focus to measure and understand the goal, the impact and the achievement of our programs. As a result, we are better able to increase dignity, respect, integrity and compassion for our guests. The extraordinary essential needs of our respective communities, especially during these crazy times, are a befitting legacy to celebrate the Quasquicentennial (125 years) of the Church of the Epiphany.

By Emma Green

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