About Episcopal Senior Communities (ESC)

  • ESC is a more than  50 year old, California nonprofit public benefit corporation that is tax exempt under Section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS code.  ESC’s mission is to “cultivate and build healthy communities with a continuum of residential and innovative aging services that actively promote intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual well-being”.  ESC is subject to the California Nonprofit Corporation Law and other applicable provisions of state and federal Law.
  • 94 Percent of Residents Recommends Episcopal Senior CommunitiesESC’s primary business is to own and operate retirement communities known as Life Plan or Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs). Currently there are six communities, located in Pacific Grove, Oakland, Los Gatos, Santa Rosa, Palo Alto and San Francisco.  Each of these communities holds a Certificate of Authority (COA) granted by the California Department of Social Services allowing it to enter into contractual agreements that promise care for the remainder of the resident’s lives.  These communities provide a full continuum of independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing.  In response to an ever-changing marketplace, a variety of contractual agreements are offered to incoming residents.
  • In keeping with its charitable purpose, the organization also provides no-cost to low-cost services to seniors in need within a seven county area, including but not limited to the counties where ESC has communities. In addition, its Senior Center without Walls program provides telephone reassurance through a conference call program to elders living throughout California as well as outside the state.
  • The ESC management team oversees and provides services within the organization to affiliates and potentially to other organizations serving seniors. The cost of these management services are allocated to the respective organizations.
  • ESC is the primary and foundational business within an organization comprised of affiliates, each having Senior Resources of the West (SRW) as its common member and supporting organization. ESC is governed by a nine (9) member Board.  The majority of ESC Directors are selected by the SRW; and the remaining is selected by the ESC Board.  Directors may not concurrently serve on the ESC Board and the SRW Board. Specific actions as defined in the bylaws require the approval of ESC appointed Directors (designated as At Large Directors).
  • Resident Representatives from the six Life Plan communities participate in meetings of the ESC Board and have voice but no vote. The selection of these representatives, and their respective terms of service are determined by their respective community Resident Association or Resident Council.

Mission Statement

Episcopal Senior Communities cultivates and builds healthy communities with a continuum of residential and innovative aging services that actively promote intellectual, physical, social and spiritual wellbeing.

Vision Statement

Episcopal Senior Communities will be widely known for providing gracious, exceptional service and fiscal stewardship.

Guiding Principles

Honor the heritage of the organization: its linkage to the Episcopal Church and its mission to serve all elderly as a nonprofit provider of services and housing.

Respect one another as members of the community, whether resident or staff, striving to be collaborative and to treat one another with dignity.

Embrace the unique characteristics of the individual while building and supporting the needs of each community, dedicated to expanding the diversity of those who live and work within the ESC family.

Serve with integrity, ethically conducting the business and management of the organization so that it meets current needs as well as plans for the future.

Grow community programs and housing prudently in order to serve seniors of a wide range of financial means.

Build the resources and financial capacity of ESC and ESC Foundation acting as good stewards, in order to assure the organization’s present and future ability to satisfy its constituents and achieve its Mission.