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December 2022

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a holistic approach is at the heart of their work. "We use [donated] funds to help ensure programs are going above what is the status quo. Because our staff is on the front lines — a lot have several years' experience in their specific field [and provide] firsthand feedback of what can be enhanced — that's how philanthropy is able to change the outcomes in the course of these programs," Whipple explains. is "above and beyond" approach means ECS can enhance already invaluable programs, like the bilingual, bicultural behavioral health program "Para las Familias." Designed for kids from 18 months to 12 years old, the program offers therapy, assessment, and even collaboration with teachers and schools to get kids the help they need to recover from trauma. Donations then enable ECS to assess participants' additional needs and provide anything from gas cards so that families can access these services to school supplies to even gift cards to ensure they're getting enough to eat. Donated funds also help ECS to have a wraparound approach to serve clients tackling concurrent issues like food insecurity and homelessness. ough at its core, ECS is a faith-based organization — "Episcopal" is in the name, after all — Whipple underscores Focus philanthropy << @ranchandcoast ranchandcoast.com 44 DECEMBER 2022 RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE San Diego Loyal connects with ECS Head Start students, family members, and staff for fun activities at St. John's ECS Head Start program in Chula Vista Frosted Faces Foundation co-founders Andy and Kelly Smíšek with Emerson ECS: COURTESY OF EPISCOPAL COMMUNITY SERVICES FROSTED FACES FOUNDATION: COURTESY PHOTO

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