Our Core Purpose

Episcopal Charities and Community Services brings to a broken world the hope for lasting change, rooted in Episcopal vision, faith, and experience, and expressed through collective community efforts.

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Hope for a Broken World

When you support ECCS you help bring a message of hope to people from all walks of life in the Diocese of Chicago who thought abundant life was not meant for them.

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When You Care Enough to Help

When you come to Episcopal Charities to make a difference in someone’s life, the life that changes may be your own.

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Episcopal Charities Invests in Ministry Partners

Building on a rich tradition of meeting the needs of our communities, today Episcopal Charities and Community Services commits its best resources to community-based leaders and initiatives that are creating lasting change by transforming despair to hope in, by, and through those same communities.

Participants in the current Roundtable series [above] - Nurturuing Your High-Functioning Nonprofit Board - gain new perspectives on preparing their board to meet the challenges and opportunities facing their organization in the rapidly changing environment in which they serve. Since 2005, more than 250 leaders from 40+ nonprofit organizations have participated in an ECCS Governance Roundtable, the most intensive program offered through ECCS' acclaimed Capacity Buildling Program.

Learn more about our work of investing in ministry partners is making a differencehow we are working to create lasting change here.

Episcopal Charities Welcomes Matthew Berryman, New Executive Director

Following an extensive six-month national search, effective July 1st Episcopal Charities and Community Services [ECCS] is pleased to welcome Matthew Berryman as its next executive director. "Matt brings to this role the skills, perspectives, and experience needed to guide ECCS into an exciting future of new opportunities. We look forward to working with him as, together, we continue to put into motion a strategic plan that calls for us to support innovative initiatives formed in, with, and through communities that seek to effect long-term systemic change." - Dick Anstee, Chair, ECCS Board of Trustees

A general announcement of Matt Berryman's role at Episcopal Charities, including updates regardubg progress in fulfilling the strategic plan, will be mailed to all ECCS constituents in the coming days.

Focus: Metro IAF & ECCS
With the financial and leadership support provided by Episcopal Charities and Community Services, communities in four Illinois counties - Cook, DuPage, Kane, and Lake - are breathing life into our goal of bringing long-term, systemic change through initiatives developed in, by, and through those same communities. Until now, police officers in these communities had no alternatives - other than immediate incarceration - for those suffering from mental illness and arrested for relatively minor infractions. Incarceration often started, or continued, for many of these people a cycle of brokenness.

A unique partnership developed with and through the Metro IAF, with ECCS' support and the participation of many Episcopal congregations, is helping break that cycle.

Since our first grant was made to support the earliest planning work, much has been accomplished in changing the culture in these communities:

More than 300 police officers have been trained in state-of-the-art Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), the first step in keeping those with mental illness out of jail and into placements where they can receive effective help.

Nearly $1 million has been pledged to the development of a Crisis Stabilization Unit in the western suburbs; a place available 24/7 where police officers can take those facing a mental health crisis, again, instead of jail.

Nearly 3,000 citizens from all walks of life in the Diocese of Chicago attended 'actions' that hold public officials accountable for policies that support jail diversion programs, like the Fox River Valley Initiative.

For more information about this unique project or to find out how your faith-based institution can get involved, please visit the websites of these participating community-based membership organizations:

Metro IAF
Lake County United

United Power for Action and Justice

DuPage United

Fox River Valley Initiative

Did You Know...?

Episcopal Charities Legacy Ball: An Evening of Hope
Join us on Friday, October 18th at the historical InterContinental Hotel for an exciting and inspirational celebration including dinner, entertainment, and auctions. Tickets on sale now. For sponsorship oportunities email us at legacygala@eccsonline.net
Ravenswood Community Services announces its new Kitchen Registry. Donations made via the registry will help provide supplies and equipment for use in their community kitchen. If you have an upcoming birthday or anniversary and want to encourage your friends and family to make a donation in lieu of gifts, this is a great way to support RCS while making a diffrerence in many lives.

Do you have an aging parent or know of an elderly neighbor in Lake County (IL) needing companion/wellness visits, transportation for grocery shopping, or help getting to medical appointments? ElderCARE's mission is to help adults age 65+ remain as healthy and independent as possible.

Bishop Anderson House recently announced its Fall Spiritual Care Visitor Training.The course will be held consecutive Saturday mornings, 9:30 am - 12 noon. Sessions will take place at St. Mark's Episcopal Church (Glen Ellyn). This unique learning opportunity is open to all who wish to enhance and sharpen their pastoral skills. Participants will learn and practice the Active Listening technique that will change how they communicate with others forever. Fee required.