Now in its 94th year of service, Episcopal Communities & Services (ECS) is meeting its mission in many exciting ways. MonteCedro, our new Life Plan community in Altadena, has received its Certificate of Authority and transitioned from a start-up to a sustainable community. In addition, MonteCedro’s temporary bonds, $95 million in total, were redeemed in March, four years ahead of schedule. The community is thriving with exceptional residents and staff!
MonteCedro’s Creative Living Academy, a unique lifelong learning program, features expert presenters, many of whom are residents themselves. MonteCedro residents are also very active volunteers, both at home and in the community at large. As part of the MonteCedro Dime Card Series of Changemakers, we recently hosted Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, and Gil Garcetti, former Los Angeles District Attorney, who spoke about his office’s high-profile cases, including the O.J. Simpson case.
The Canterbury in Rancho Palos Verdes was recently named a “Salute to Business Honoree” by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. A number of exciting updates are taking place on campus. Contractors have completed a redesign of all residential halls and passageways, as well as a complete renovation of the main dining room. Enhancements to the nursing care center and the buildings’ exteriors are in the planning stage.
At The Covington in Aliso Viejo, we are thrilled with the re-creation of Schumacher Hall, the venue for many of the performances in the Schumacher Concert Series. Recent seasons have included such top tier acts as Opera Chapman, Liberace protégé Craig Dahn, the Long Beach Opera and the Los Angeles Ballet. We are grateful to donor Margaret Schumacher for her many contributions to The Covington.
ECS has been providing housing, care and services to older adults since our founding in 1923. In addition to our three Life Plan communities, we continue to do this at the six affordable housing communities that we manage in Southern California (see story on page 7). We also continue to care for the former residents of Scripps Kensington, who came together for their 6th annual reunion in June, thanks to the generosity of the Halcyon Club. ECS has much to celebrate, including the recent renewal of our A- Fitch rating. At this stage in our history, we are going strong!