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Episcopal Senior Communities (ESC) is a nearly 50 year old, California nonprofit public benefit corporation with a  mission 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’s primary business is to own and operate Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs). Currently there are five communities which are located in Pacific Grove, Oakland, Los Gatos, Santa Rosa and San Francisco. The CCRCS provide a full continuum of independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing. In response to an ever-changing marketplace, a variety of agreements are offered to incoming residents.
 
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 well-being.
 
Vision Statement
 
Episcopal Senior Communities will be widely known for providing gracious, exceptional service and fiscal stewardship.
 
Outreach Program
 
Click here to learn more about our Senior Produce Market, an outreach program with Episcopal Senior Communities!
 
For more information, visit http://jtm-esc.org
 

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Why Senior Produce Market?
 
A number of factors can affect a senior’s desire to eat properly. Loneliness, lack of desire or the skill to cook, financial difficulties, and physical problems may contribute to poor eating habits. Yet nutrition remains an important component for healthy living as we age. A healthy diet sustains an active lifestyle and often provides a social setting to bring seniors together to foster proper eating habits.
 
Episcopal Senior Communities currently sponsors more than 20 thriving Senior Produce Markets that sell fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, and cheese at cost to more than 1,000 seniors each week, most of whom are on fixed incomes. In churches, senior centers, and affordable housing sites throughout Northern California, volunteers and elders gather to buy fresh and healthy produce as well as share conversation, meals, and celebrations. Venues provide a resource center for information and referral, education, and networking.
 
Our markets have a mission within a mission: perishable leftover produce from each market is donated to another non-profit organization that serves seniors and others in need. For example:
 
  • The market at Jennings Court donates its produce to The Living Room, a day program for homeless women and children in Santa Rosa.
  • The market at Lytton Gardens donates its perishable leftovers to InnVision in San Jose, a day center that provides support to homeless women and children.
  • The Marina Senior Center Produce Market donates its perishable leftovers to The Pantry located at Epiphany Lutheran and Episcopal Church, serving seniors and families at risk in the city of Marina.
 

At Saint Francis, the presence of the Senior Produce Market is not only helpful for seniors looking for a variety of affordable produce, but it is also a great way to connect with local communities around us. Day after day we all go through our own lives, giving most of our attention to personal business; on the days we have the SPM, we can interact with others and share in a communal experience that goes to the needs and wants of others. Within the difficulties of life, it is important to support our neighbors and create strong bonds for the good of our community’s future.

Volunteer at Senior Produce Market
If you would like to volunteer at Saint Francis Church Center, we are always looking for new volunteers for our Senior Produce Market (every Tuesday from 10-11 am). Volunteer for 1-2 hours a week and share in great ministry and social time with our local neighbors!
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