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Episcopal Communities Foundation, Inc. dba Episcopal Place

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Low-Income & Subsidized Rental Housing, Senior Citizens Housing & Retirement Communities, Seniors

Mission: The MISSION of Episcopal Place is to provide to senior and disabled adults with restricted income, safe and affordable housing and access to related services in a home-like environment.

Target demographics: elderly and disabled adults on restricted incomes

Geographic areas served: Birmingham, AL

Programs: free MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION, HOUSE KEEPING SERVICES, NOON MEALS PROGRAM, HEALTHY LIVING ACTIVITIES, PASTORAL CARE and COUNSELING and SOCIAL AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Community Stories

76 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

SBrandino

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with a number of non-profits who sponsor apartment communities under the same HUD program as Episcopal Place. The services and activities that are being provided at EP far exceeds any others. They are able to provide these extras, due to the committed staff and Board of Directors. I would recommend anyone who needs support and assistance in finding low-income housing for seniors and the disabled to contact EP for an application.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wonderful apartment community for seniors on a limited income. Great amenities and convenient location. Fantastic Staff!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband has a relative who lives at Episcopal Place, and she is so happy there! There is no other place she could afford to live that offers companionship and activities to do. The entire family is grateful for this wonderful place!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A wonderful independent housing cooperative between the church and HUD! The supportive services add a rare dimension of community within the building, services, activities, spiritual support (for all faiths who desire it), and connection to the greater community outside the housing provision.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with and served Episcopal Place and their residents through volunteer work and board service. My experience has consistently been that the staff, employees and board are very focused on making Episcopal Place a fun, loving and warm community for all. You will not find a more kind group of people who work hard every day to help and serve others.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Episcopal Place is a safe haven for seniors on a fixed income. I have been associated with three residents over 20 years. If it were not for the affordable safe living that EP provides these seniors would be living on the street. The social stimulation and programs available enhance the lives of the citizens living there. Residents have transportation to medical appointments 3 days per week and the grocery store twice a week. In addition to this they have a food bank on the premises. Spiritual support is provided by an on site chaplain and include weekly worship services. A social worker is employed, full time, to assist the residents with any social service issues that invariably present themselves. Not only is EP safe but is also attractive. The public areas are attractive and clean. One resident I am acquainted with has mobility issues. A housekeeper is available to help this person clean the apartment. Every time I have been to EP I see residents visiting with each other in the common areas. Monthly birthday parties are held to celebrate those residents having a birthday. This allows special recognition for each resident. Our community is fortunate to have this safe haven in our neighborhood.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been privileged to be a part of Episcopal Place for 35 years. I cannot say enough good things about the staff, board of directors, and residents. Episcopal Place is committed to providing services (medical van transportation , meals and housekeeping programs, and activities) that helps our residents live independently in affordable housing. Everyday more than one person tells how thankful the are to be living at Episcopal Place and how thankful they are for our caring staff. I tell them I am the thankful one to be here to help care for them. If you would like to know more about Episcopal Place, please visit our website at www.episcopalplace.org.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5


I have been privileged to be a part of Episcopal Place for over 30 years. I cannot say enough good things about the staff, board of directors, and residents. Episcopal Place is committed to providing services (medical van transportation , meals and housekeeping programs, and activities) that helps our residents live independently in affordable housing for a longer time. Everyday more than one person tells how thankful the are to be living at Episcopal Place and how thankful they are for our caring staff. I tell them I am the thankful one to be here to help care for them. Episcopal Place has become my second family.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Each year, we give a Birthday/Fall Harvest Party at Episcopal place, and it is always wonderful to see the residents laughing and smiling and telling us stories about their life at Episcopal Place. It is wonderful when a facility is a true home, and there are true friends to be found, not just a place to stay. Blessings and Prayers for all the residents.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Episcopal place provides a much needed service in our community, and does it joyfully!

1 Rachel P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Episcopal Place has been in Birmingham, at the location now for as long as I have had a memory (you could say). When I was very young and spent many a weekend with my Grandparents, after church we went and visit their other deaf friends. I'll never forget us visiting there.
When I was older and could drive since my neighborhood was Highland Ave it became a landmark in my mind.
Fast forward and now my mother is part of the Episcopal Place organization, along with the other great staff members, the long running Gumbo Gala. I was honored to help last year, also my first time at the gala. I was overwhelmed by the support our community gives to EP.
No longer just a landmark I feel closer and see all the joy and care that is given to the residents!
It's really a great PLACE!

1 Racquel S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Episcopal Place (EP) provides low income housing for the elderly and disabled. Services provided by the program really make EP quite a special environment for our aged and often infirm residents, many of whom have a fixed income that falls into an extremely low income bracket and are unable to afford an assisted living facility. Although it is an independent living facility, over 90% of our residents require assistance with at least one or more basic daily self-care needs. EP offers a relief fund and pantry for seniors who are on fixed incomes and sometimes run out of food by the end of the month, provide subsidized lunches , transportation to doctor appointments and grocery shopping for those no longer able to drive, housekeeping services for the apartments, and provides services for the intellectual, emotional, and physical health of our seniors. The EP staff add a personal touch to caring for the residents of the Episcopal Place that allows them to feel safe and secure, while they are still able to have the privacy of living in their own apartment. Many of our residents would not be able to survive were it not for EP.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Many of our parishioners have lived at Episcopal Place. One in particular, a very creative woman, was able to remain active long into her journey with cancer because of the wonderful support from the staff. She was able to live affordably in comfort despite limited resources. Because of it's convenient location we were able to get her to church on Sundays after she was no longer able to drive.

I have also know friends whose parent lived there and were so glad that it was available, affordable and safe.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have lived at Episcopal Place for 5 years now. I love living here. Each of the staff members is friendly, caring, and helpful. We have so many "extras" here: a bus to go to grocery or Wal mart, transportation to doctors offices, holiday parties, inexpensive lunches we can order if we are not wanting to cook, well run maintenance department to keep our apartments in good working order, two laundry rooms so we do not have to go off campus for laundry, a beauty shop for getting hair and nails done on site, a library with books we can borrow . We get movies with popcorn on the big screen TV in commons room, a birthday party each month sponsored by different churches in Birmingham, and knowledgeable people to talk to us about many subjects important to senior citizens.

I had heard good things about Episcopal Place before I applied for an apartment here, but the reality of living here has indeed far exceeded my expectations.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Episcopal Place is a unique and amazing organization providing a means for seniors and disabled adults to age in a home setting for as long as possible.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

It is a well run organization. The executive director and staff are dedicated to making the lives of the residents fulfilling and meaningful. It provides a great service that is highly needed at this time.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Episcopal Place is almost too wonderful to be true! But..luckily for me and the other residents, it is true!
I moved here ten years ago after I retired at age 69. My one bedroom apartment is sunshiny and plenty of space for me and my kitty. I enjoy reading and just being in my apartment, but if I want to socialize, all I have to do is go to one of the common rooms provided for us.
There I can visit with others, play games, enjoy the bird aviary, work on jigsaw puzzles or just hangout.
Director Tim Blanton is always working to make improvements to our environment here.
Our Services Coordinator, Shannon Atchenson is beyond compare. She provides beneficial programs for us, but also manages to be available for help with just about anything.
We have an Activities Coordinator who provides us with fun, fun get together on a regular basis.
We have a beautiful little chapel with Services there each Wednesday afternoon led by our chaplain who is also here on Tuesday to provide counseling.
This place is such a wonderful place to live, I almost want to keep it a good secret, but I am willing to shout it out this time!

2 Shannon

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Have worked at Episcopal Place for 11 years and it is a very positive environment. The residents are first and foremost and offered every opportunity available to others living in the community.

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Donor

Rating: 4

Episcopal Place has exceeded all of my expectations as being one of the best senior facilities to live and work. I would absolutely apply for my parents to live here in the future. The staff are caring and treat everyone with dignity and respect. The staff, volunteers and board of directors work diligently to make every effort to ensure everyone has their individual needs met as well as managing the building properly.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Episcopal Place in Birmingham, AL offers a unique blend of services, programs, and affordable safe housing for low-income seniors and disabled adults. I have been involved with this organization for over two years and appreciate the wonderful staff that daily administers help and hope for those who otherwise might not have access to housing, transportation, nutritional food, social activities, and companionship. EP is a pleasant, bright, happy place for elders and disabled adults!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I like to think of Episcopal Place as an option as I age. That's why I give. I want it to be there, when I need a wonderful place like Episcopal Place to finish out my years of living independently but in an upscale caring environment - a community...and I'm not even Episcopalian. I visit and see the activities for the residents. I witness the care and compassion shown by the staff. The staff goes above and beyond a simple rental office. The public areas are fashionable and well maintained. The location is so convenient...the park, the theater, St. Vincent's Hospital and shopping. Some of the apartments even have balconies with a view! There's a chapel, hair salon, library, porch and gardens. Yep, purely selfish. Hope there's an opening if and when I need it...keep up the good work!

1 Tim B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am ending my 6th year at EP and could not be more proud of where we are. Our Chaplain said it best when she said, "Life at EP is a never-ending story of needs, friendship, strength and grace." [We care for those] "who are struggling to survive in a demanding world." Life can be hard for all of us at times but when you combine an aging population with limited financial resources you are left with what one could easily call despair. That is where EP makes a difference! HUD funding ensures that the buildings are kept to an acceptable standard, that the utility bills are paid and minimal staff is retained. With the help of Episcopal parishes, the Diocese and many donors we are able to provide the "extras" such as medical transportation, subsidized noon meals, subsidized housekeeping for those that are not physically able to maintain their home, a part time Episcopal Chaplain and an activities program. It is this kind of care that Bishop Stough, back in the middle 1970's, had dreams of.....and I am happy to be a part of continuing the mission and vision that he saw.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I just completed my 5th year of employment at EP! I can't say enough good things about it. The staff not only cares FOR the residents but they care ABOUT the residents and the residents care about the staff. One of the things most impressive is the way we all pull together when needed. Everybody jumps in and offers to help for things like serving big resident meals or carrying out fund raisers like Gumbo Gala. I think Mother Teresa says it best, "Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work."

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked at Episcopal Place since October 1982. Episcopal Place provides affordable housing for low income seniors and person with mobility, hearing, or vision impairments. With affordable community based services we are able to assist the people who live at Episcopal Place with housekeeping, transportation to medical appointments, and many other services to help them age in place with dignity. I am very honored to have worked with the Episcopal Place residents, staff and Boards of Directors for the past 30 years. Episcopal Place is a wonderful safe, clean, and affordable place to live.

Greg49

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Episcopal Place is a wonderful community that serves many people with a safe and clean home. My brother who has a severe hearing disability has lived at EP for 4 years and enjoys it more each day. The staff is what makes this such a unique place. Each person seems to enjoy there work and strives to make EP a real home for those who live there. It is model organization which I would hope could be replicated in other places.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son lives at Episcopal Place and loves it. It provides a safe, clean and fun environment for all the residents. All of the staff are always very caring and helpful. Episcopal Place gives the residents a place to live independently that they might not otherwise have. I would not want my son to live anywhere else!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Episcopal Place is a leader in the field with its affordable housing and broad array of supportive services. There is no other place like it in Birmingham. It is truly unique in physical appearance, services and atmosphere.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our community theatre is located next door to Episcopal Place and we love for the residents to attend our events. Everyone seems very happy with their life at EP and its caring and loving environment. The Executive Director, Tim Blanton, is definitely the reason EP is so successful. Wish I could live there!

Catherine Gilmore
President
Virginia Samford Theatre

Client Served

Rating: 5

My mother has been a resident at The Episcopal Place since March 2013. Over the past 16 months my expectations of care/services rendered has far exceeded any ideas I had prior to mother moving in. There are activities scheduled everyday for the residence to participate in if they chose. My concerns with my mother getting to the doctor have been taken care of as there is a van to provide transportation to/from appointments. Weekly trips to two different grocery stores are provided. There are "field trips" offered. Most importantly, mother has made wonderful friends with other residents and staff. I feel 100% positive there is no better atmosphere for the elderly or disabled citizens anywhere.

My husband has asked me many times, "we can move in"!

I almost forgot.....We LOVE the annual gumbo gala. We wouldn't miss it and have invited our friends to come along with us. There are activites for all age groups. Our six year old granddaughter loves to go along as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer driver for Episcopal Place in Birmingham for the past 10 years. They provide safe and affordable housing in a home-like atmosphere and truly do care personally for the residents. The staff at EP goes above and beyond to provide the "little extras" that make it feel like home, not just another apartment complex. Extremely well-run organization.

Tonya Bass B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Service Coordinator program at Episcopal Place for the past eight years. This program helps the Episcopal Place residents identify, locate and acquire the services and supports necessary for them to remain self-sufficient. Episcopal Place goes above and beyond other housing communities because of the programs that are offered to their residents. Episcopal Place is not just an affordable housing facility but a caring supportive environment that residents truly feel is home.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

As a resident of Episcopal Place, I have found the service and concern of the staff to be a primary life saving event. Often when one changes a lifestyle at an older age, depression can set in with the usual gerontology issues and illnesses. The attention given by staff and residents often dispell issues that prevent major depression. It is not easy at all for a formerly active , healthy out going individual to change their lifestyle because of the inability to be as active as they once were. Episcopal Place provides assistance , activities, and direction that affords the residents to remain as active as possible.

3 Ramona B. B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have lived here for 6 years. I can't imagine living anywhere else. I love it here. The staff is absolutely wonderful and they make all of us feel special.I get some of the noon meals as well as participate in the filed trips and really enjoy going out with everyone. I attend the programs and activities and love the new storytelling. I am involved in the art class. I really enjoy the parties and the dinners. I volunteer and bake for the Residents' Association. I will work for any event here at Episcopal Place. I love playing bingo and poker. Even if I won the lottery I would give it away so I continue to live here at Episcopal Place.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I enjoy living at Episcopal Place. After living here for nine years , the residents and staff are my second family. I participate in most activities and programs and really enjoys what the Activities Director and Service Coordinator bring to us daily. I know that all the staff work hard to make our daily lives better. We are never bored and rarely have to ask for entertainment. The parties and dinners here are fantastic and we are always overwhelmed with food and service. I love my apartment and with my cat as a companion I really have a true"home." I have eaten the noon meals as well as ridden the van to medical appointments and on field trips. It is so nice to know that there are people who care about you working here and ask you what you need and how you are doing with a smile on their face.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have lived here for 7 years and moved in with my sister from the neighborhood we lived in for years. We immediately felt safe and welcomed. When she passed away, everyone here including staff were so comforting that I knew I was at home. I really enjoy the programs and activities and the fact that I can also be at home and spend time with my companion cat that is allowed at EP. The socialization is great and the health screenings brought here allow us so much more access to good health care than some folks have. I really like the medical transportation and the opportunity for noon meals that are delivered. I am really happy here and hope to live the rest of my life here.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I feel very blessed to be able to reside at Episcopal Place. I feel we have the best staff bar none. They seem to work together like a family and treat us like we are their extended family. I think it is wonderful that we have the medical transportation and the trips to the grocery store or drug store offered through our van ministry. We are blessed to have Elmo Tanner , our medical van driver. Shannon, out social worker, has many good speakers that come and discuss anything from our wants to our needs and through Jane, our activities director we can go to dress rehearsals at the theater and have many musical entertainers. I take all of these opportunities given to me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I thank God every day that I was able to move into Episcopal Place. Living here makes my quality of life better. I have friends here that I have become quite close to and love my social worker. The staff here is really hardworking. I do partake in the noon meals program. I use the van for medical transportation. Occasionally I use the van for grocery shopping. I have had access to the relief fund when in need. I love the parties and dinners esp for socializing and meeting new people. I enjoy playing bingo and poker. I do like going to the programs where I enjoy learning educational information about new health issues as well as going to the activities. I have a new kitten that I probably never would have gotten if I did not live at EP and she has become my closest companion.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Throughout my life, I've had the wonderful experience of being associated with a host of non-profit organizations and Episcopal Place is one of the best! I truly feel the staff of this fine organization is what makes it such a special place. Spend a day at EP. Watch the staff interact with the residents and you will see it too. Care, compassion, concern and a strong faith are present in all their activities. I'm very proud to be associated with this fine organization!

1 T. Edward

Donor

Rating: 5

I have volunteered and donated to Episcopal Place. The staff is dedicated to providing an above average home/housing environment. They go beyond the role of simply serving as a "rental office". They care about the residents with compassion. Activities, experiences and services are provided that allow those residents, who wish to participate to have an enriched, full life.
I feel that my donations have been used efficiently and wisely. The diversity of the residents indicates that Episcopal Place is not just for Episcopalians and the elderly. My positive interaction with residents and staff members proves to me that the mission statement of "Enriching Lives with Grace & Comfort" is being well carried out. I plan to continue my involvement with time and money. I think it would be a great place to live, when the time comes, too.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For years I had driven by Episcopal Place and knew that it was housing, I thought for senior citizens. And to be honest, I thought they all had to be of the Episcopalian denomination. Then the church that I attend, Southside Baptist, began to encourage volunters to visit and help in ways identified by the staff. I also learned that some of my church family actually live at Episcopal Place. So, it's not just for Episcopalians and it's not just for seniors, but those with disabilities, too. Not long ago I visited for a performance given by Four for Time for the residents in the lovely assembly room. It was well attended and was like being in a New York cabaret! I met and talked with some of the residents. They have a walled garden and an aviary in one of the sitting rooms, designed for the residents' amusement. One of the residents identified the different birds and informed me of their habits. I observed the staff mingling with the residents and it was like a family. I kept thinking this is where I would want my parents to live. Then the thought occured to me, I am fast approaching that generation and this is where I want to live. A room with a balcony, in one of the buildings adjacent to the Virginia Samford Theater, the park and just off Highland Avenue, not far from St. Vincent's Hospital, plus a great, caring staff. Just hope there's room, when I'm ready...

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a staff member at Episcopal Place and a daughter who cared for elderly parents, I am proud of the services we provide and the attractive and safe environment we create for our low-income seniors. I am so proud of what we do that most of my charitable giving is directed here.