East County Transitional Living Center

The information on this page was last updated 12/22/2023. 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: Dr. Julie Hayden

Chairman: Joel Sanders

Board size: 6

Founder: Harold Brown

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.
Each day we are committed to sharing the gospel and meeting the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of families and individuals.

Mission statement

Our mission is to provide transitional living and restore lives.
Since 2009, East County Transitional Living Center has been tirelessly committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness, addiction, poverty, and despair in the lives of hurting people. This is accomplished by our team of highly relational and joyful servants.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating24 of 11043 of 140
Fund acquisition rating144 of 11057 of 140
Resource allocation rating83 of 11058 of 140
Asset utilization rating24 of 11042 of 140

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$112,575$107,461$103,524$169,615$279,166
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$570,475$680,299$1,303,531$1,060,373$1,082,577
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$993,517$1,230,570$740,023$658,465$705,135
Other long-term assets$648,315$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$1,641,832$1,230,570$740,023$658,465$705,135
Total assets$2,212,307$1,910,869$2,043,554$1,718,838$1,787,712
Payables and accrued expenses$160,535$67,242$59,879$51,651$52,794
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$160,535$67,242$59,879$51,651$52,794
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$614,071$340,036$352,573$376,851$397,786
Total long-term liabilities$614,071$340,036$352,573$376,851$397,786
Total liabilities$774,606$407,278$412,452$428,502$450,580
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$1,026,952$1,128,843$1,057,132$764,348$720,573
With donor restrictions$410,749$374,748$573,970$525,988$616,559
Net assets$1,437,701$1,503,591$1,631,102$1,290,336$1,337,132
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$5,608,879$4,219,724$3,247,868$1,616,436$2,215,373
Program service revenue$1,328,353$1,292,816$1,529,824$1,556,876$1,339,825
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$107$14,117$4,294$4,679$8,224
Other revenue$95,191$21,450$23,600$17,400$18,850
Total other revenue$1,423,651$1,328,383$1,557,718$1,578,955$1,366,899
Total revenue$7,032,530$5,548,107$4,805,586$3,195,391$3,582,272
Program services$6,285,522$5,283,087$4,037,380$2,860,092$2,894,846
Management and general$706,383$353,361$292,639$272,391$187,085
Total expenses$7,098,420$5,772,386$4,464,820$3,242,187$3,145,888
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)($65,890)($224,279)$340,766($46,796)$436,384
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($65,890)($224,279)$340,766($46,796)$436,384


ivan andujarinterim CEO$58,725
Michael BranchCEO$46,385
Harold BrownCEO$21,602

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 12/22/2023. 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

2022 California Non-Profit of the Year
ECTLC is proud to have been awarded this distinction by the nomination of Assemblyman Randy Voepel