East County Transitional Living Center

The information on this page was last updated 11/30/2022. If you see errors or omissions, please email: [email protected]


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: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 270865318

CEO/President: Michael Branch, LCSW

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


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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 rating25 of 10973 of 145
Fund acquisition rating200 of 109912 of 145
Resource allocation rating36 of 10994 of 145
Asset utilization rating26 of 10973 of 145

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$107,461$103,524$169,615$279,166$152,671
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$680,299$1,303,531$1,060,373$1,082,577$770,374
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,230,570$740,023$658,465$705,135$170,120
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$1,230,570$740,023$658,465$705,135$170,120
Total assets$1,910,869$2,043,554$1,718,838$1,787,712$940,494
Payables and accrued expenses$67,242$59,879$51,651$52,794$40,836
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$67,242$59,879$51,651$52,794$40,836
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$340,036$352,573$376,851$397,786$34,518
Total long-term liabilities$340,036$352,573$376,851$397,786$34,518
Total liabilities$407,278$412,452$428,502$450,580$75,354
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$1,128,843$1,057,132$764,348$720,573$571,168
With donor restrictions$374,748$573,970$525,988$616,559$293,972
Net assets$1,503,591$1,631,102$1,290,336$1,337,132$865,140
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$4,219,724$3,247,868$1,616,436$2,215,373$1,629,668
Program service revenue$1,292,816$1,529,824$1,556,876$1,339,825$1,438,879
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$14,117$4,294$4,679$8,224($48,299)
Other revenue$21,450$23,600$17,400$18,850$21,500
Total other revenue$1,328,383$1,557,718$1,578,955$1,366,899$1,412,080
Total revenue$5,548,107$4,805,586$3,195,391$3,582,272$3,041,748
Program services$5,283,087$4,037,380$2,860,092$2,894,846$2,084,225
Management and general$353,361$292,639$272,391$187,085$400,991
Total expenses$5,772,386$4,464,820$3,242,187$3,145,888$2,530,764
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)($224,279)$340,766($46,796)$436,384$510,984
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($224,279)$340,766($46,796)$436,384$510,984


Harold BrownCEO/President$57,081

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2021

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 11/30/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


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

As you learn more about ECTLC and the two new buildings, privately funded, we hope that you will consider joining us in our mission to build hope for the homeless.

The two dormitories will house over 100 homeless men and women, allowing us to open up 40 more rooms for homeless families with children. The number of homeless children at ECTLC will increase from 180 to 250.