Shamed by Hollywood homeless catastrophe, she went to Italy for answers
Ecclesian Kerry Morrison is featured in this LA Times article for her work advocating for our homeless neighbors and seeking solutions to the mental health epidemic in Los Angeles.
The Battle for My Face
“I’ve observed the season of Lent for years,” Kristyn Ritner shares, Ecclesian and wife of lead pastor Jon. “But I admit I usually use ‘giving up’ something as an opportunity to lose weight.” But in March of 2019, it spiritually and physically shifted for her.
Second Hollywood Bridge Housing Location Doubles Capacity
In a recent letter to his constituents, Hollywood Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell (13th Council District), shared the following information about the Bridge Housing Location at the historic Hollywood Studio Club.
Good City Mentors featured on NBC4 News
NBC4 brought their cameras to Bernstein High School in Hollywood to catch Good City Mentors in action. Good City is a mentorship program which partners caring adults with local high schools, providing inspiring school-day mentorship for students most at risk of dropping out. Reporting by Danielle Robay of NBC4 News.
A Faith Not Centered On ‘Me’
Rod Hassler met his wife, Saige, at Ecclesia in 2009. After getting married, they moved to Pennsylvania until God called them back to LA in July of 2018, some seven years later. Almost exclusively for the past five years, Rod has worked as a Director of Photography. After their move, a friend offered him a job on a docuseries
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.