The Blessing of Giving - Marie's story
Long-time Ecclesia, Marie Scanlan, was sitting in a Sunday service when she felt God nudge her with an opportunity. She was listening to another Ecclesian, Stephen Dominico, share his experience of befriending the group of people who were homeless and hung out across from the church. Stephen mentioned his friend, Michelle*, who needed makeup and clothes for job interviews.
A Winter Refuge
Every winter Ecclesia partners with other local churches and organizations to host the Winter Refuge, a much-needed shelter for Hollywood’s most vulnerable individuals experiencing chronic homelessness.
The Grapefruit Gospel
“We serve those on the streets for no other reason than for who they are in God's image, to remind them that they are loved, and that they are not forgotten. We turn food into love.”
‘Walk of Faith’ tour tells tale of Hollywood’s Christian beginnings
“This church is a survivor,” she tells the dozen or so people taking her Walk of Faith tour in a neighborhood better known for its movie-star-spangled Walk of Fame. “I will show you a lot of churches but very few” — First Baptist among them — “have been able to remain in their original locations.”
‘Bridge’ Housing for Hollywood
Homeless under Construction
Homelessness is at crisis levels, increasing by 23% between 2016 and 2017. The City of Los Angeles has been working very hard to identify locations to establish temporary crisis and bridge housing options via Mayor Garcetti's "A Bridge Home" initiative.
Long-stalled Target Shopping Center in Hollywood Can Proceed
For four years, the half-completed hulk of a Target store has loomed over Sunset Boulevard, a project halted by litigation brought by neighborhood groups opposed to the building’s height.