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December 22, 2014 (El Cajon) – Community members teamed up to bring joy to homeless children in a special Christmas party at the East County Transitional Living Center on Saturday. Santa made a special visit to pass out gifts, aided by CAL FIRE firefighters.

If Santa seems a bit familiar, it’s because Santa had a special helper—El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells.  Hear audio here:

Catherine Martin with the Grossmont Union High School District helped firefighters pass out gifts.  Youngsters also got to see a firetruck up close.  Plus many community leaders turned out, including the entire El Cajon City Council—all to bring joy to homeless youngsters and their families.

":It is at this joyous time of the year that most in our society will sit down with family and celebrate the holidays in the comfort of their homes. Children will open gifts and it will be a festive time for most, unless you are living under the stress of homelessness," said Pastor Harold Brown, Executive Director, East Co Transitional Living Center, in a release send prior to the event.  "We hope to lighten that burden for our families with children this year as over 70 children of the families here at ECTLC will be given gifts and told the Christmas story on December 20th at our annual Christmas Party. "

ECTLC is a faith-based, non-profit 501(C)(3) organization whose goal is to end chronic homelessness in San Diego County. ECTLC provides transitional housing,  emergency housing, job skills development, opportunities to earn a GED, case management and linkage to important resources which provide a hand-up to individuals and families, enabling them to become productive members of our community.

ECTLC provides this hand up approach to individuals who are ready to take responsibility for their lives, leave behind negative relationships, criminal behavior, substance abuse and other choices which have led to chronic homelessness, broken lives and broken families.

ECTLC services are available to all men, women and their minor children regardless of their culture, ethnicity and/or faith.




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