East County Transitional Living Center

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ECTLC is a community-not just a shelter, and we witness miracles every day. Thanks to the dedication of our staff and volunteers, along with the support of donors and community partners, we transform the lives of homeless men, women, and children.

Contact information

Mailing address:
East County Transitional Living Center
1527 East Main St
El Cajon, CA 92021

Website: ectlc.org

Phone: 619-442-0457

Email: info@ectlc.org

Organization details

EIN: 270865318

CEO/President: Harold Brown

Chairman: Jim Robinson

Board size: 11

Founder: business leaders and a small church

Ruling year: 2010

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2012


Inspiring people in all communities to make the right decisions through Christ.

Mission statement

Our mission is to provide transitional living and restore lives.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating76 of 102216 of 160
Fund acquisition rating397 of 102462 of 160
Resource allocation rating85 of 102414 of 160
Asset utilization rating114 of 102221 of 160

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$169,615$279,166$152,671$46,090$13,539
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,060,373$1,082,577$770,374$256,404$293,276
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$658,465$705,135$170,120$180,754$224,193
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$658,465$705,135$170,120$180,754$224,193
Total assets$1,718,838$1,787,712$940,494$437,158$517,469
Payables and accrued expenses$51,651$52,794$40,836$52,718$77,534
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$51,651$52,794$40,836$52,718$77,534
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$376,851$397,786$34,518$30,284$46,393
Total long-term liabilities$376,851$397,786$34,518$30,284$46,393
Total liabilities$428,502$450,580$75,354$83,002$123,927
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$764,348$720,573$571,168$354,156$393,542
With donor restrictions$525,988$616,559$293,972$0$0
Net assets$1,290,336$1,337,132$865,140$354,156$393,542
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$1,616,436$2,215,373$1,629,668$856,627$710,287
Program service revenue$1,556,876$1,339,825$1,438,879$1,262,643$1,081,012
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$4,679$8,224($48,299)$0$417
Other revenue$17,400$18,850$21,500$17,400$18,300
Total other revenue$1,578,955$1,366,899$1,412,080$1,280,043$1,099,729
Total revenue$3,195,391$3,582,272$3,041,748$2,136,670$1,810,016
Program services$2,860,092$2,894,846$2,084,225$1,799,014$1,643,184
Management and general$272,391$187,085$400,991$387,556$405,243
Total expenses$3,242,187$3,145,888$2,530,764$2,189,437$2,051,428
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($46,796)$436,384$510,984($52,767)($241,412)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($46,796)$436,384$510,984($52,767)($241,412)


Harold BrownCEO/President$55,927

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 11/23/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


ECTLC is a community-not just a shelter. The story began over 19 years ago when a group of civic-minded business leaders and a small church joined together to help the homeless in El Cajon, California. Since 2009, East County Transitional Living Center (ECTLC) has changed the lives of hundreds of distraught and lost homeless men, women, and children.

Our structured programs are successful, and we provide individualized case management, compassionate care and require strict adherence to rules. After completing our programs, broken individuals and families are whole again.

Many of the larger churches in the county, the Southern Baptist Association and the City of El Cajon, all came together to develop one of the country's most successful transitional living centers. For those who are ready to take responsibility for their lives, East County Transitional Living Center is prepared to be their partner on the challenging but rewarding transformative path to a new life full of hope and purpose.

Our founder and CEO, Harold Brown, is the driving force behind ECTLC's success. He developed the unique business model and the ECTLC programs. With a heart for helping those in need, Harold inspires men, women, and children as they work to change their lives from hopeless to hopeful. Harold and his staff are responsible for the "sense of community" found at ECTLC.

Program members help each other, a source of encouragement, understanding, and inspiration.

Program accomplishments