The health and safety of our participants and staff is, as always, a top priority.
All in-person programming of Episcopal Community Services is postponed, with the exception of St. Barnabas Mission emergency shelter, which continues its essential services.
Participants in all other programs remain engaged and supported as coaches continue coaching participants virtually.
Our administrative offices are closed, and we are asking all non-essential staff, across all sites, to work remotely until further notice.
We are continuously monitoring the evolving developments in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Philadelphia and around the world. Our Leadership team continues to consider any changes we may need to make to our programming and operations for the well-being of our community.
Daily, we are in contact daily with—and/or reviewing the latest information from—the Department of Public Health, the Office of Homeless Services, and the School District of Philadelphia.
This is a crucial step and our social responsibility.
In this unprecedented time, it is critical that we find creative alternatives to continue supporting participants and their families.
Programming + Services
In practicing social distancing, virtual meetings and/or calls have been instated for adults receiving coaching services. This includes residents of St. Barnabas Mission, participants in workforce or opportunity development programs (MindSet, the RISE Initiative, and Seeing Youth Succeed) and health and wellness services.
Per the closure of the Philadelphia School District, afterschool activities for students K-12 have moved online, much like their daytime learning.
Our hearts go out to those affected nearby and worldwide.
For 150 years ECS has adapted to the city’s most emergent needs. We have never run from a challenge, and we will not run from this one.
The long-lasting effects of this outbreak will be revealed as time goes on. And we will remain committed to meeting the needs of our participants.