Christmas Event for 150 San Diego Homeless Children hosted by ECTLC

December 12, 2022

Contact: Sheila Hardison

(619) 980-9955


Civic, government, corporate, and faith leaders provide over 150 underprivileged kids with a morning full of Christmas cheer, live music, gifts, fun, joy, and hope

EL CAJON, CA – On Saturday, December 17, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., children and their parents residing at East County Transitional Living Center will be treated to a fun and joy-filled morning thanks to the generosity of caring members of the community. The new ECTLC CEO Michael Branch, a retired SEAL and former ECTLC program member,  will serve as the MC. The Church of the Nativity, in Rancho Santa Fe and the Swenson Children’s Foundation donate gifts. El Cajon Police Chief Mike Moulton and his police officers and Heartland Fire and Rescue Chief Steve Swaney and his firefighters pass out the beautifully wrapped presents. Festive Christmas music will be performed by great friends of ECTLC, including El Cajon Deputy Mayor Michelle Metschel and her husband Bob, Mr. Jonni, a professional musician, and Jo Alegria, a member of Cajon Valley Union School District Governing Board. Jose Sabedra, an exceptional seventh-grade student at Los Coches Middle School, will join them in singing. Karen Clark-Mejia, a Cajon Valley Union School District Governing Board member, will also attend. Many faith leaders participate, including Teaching Pastor Todd Molter from Legacy Church, Lead Pastor Mike Emery and Associate Pastor Jerry Phillips from Sonrise Church, and Pastor Bobby Yates from Luv on Fire. Also participating are Chuck Franklin, Rock Church Director of Development, and Deacon Keith Esshaki from St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Cathedral.

WHAT:      East County Transitional Living Center (ECTLC) annual Children’s Christmas Party for over 150 formerly homeless children and their parents residing at ECTLC

WHEN:     Saturday, December 17, 2022

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

WHERE:  East County Transitional Living Center (ECTLC)

Conference Center adjacent to ECTLC

1523 East Main Street, El Cajon, CA 92021

WHO:       Michael Branch, LCSW, new ECTLC CEO, former US Navy Seal and a former ECTLC program member, El Cajon Police Chief Mike Moulton, Heartland Fire and Rescue Chief Steve Swaney, elected officials, and community and faith leaders

WHY:        To provide the children living at ECTLC with a morning of Christmas cheer, fun, joy, and hope.


About East County Transitional Living CenterSince 2009, East County Transitional Living Center (ECTLC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, has served homeless men, women, and families experiencing the danger and despair of homelessness. ECTLC operates four programs, Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, Family Restoration Ministry, and Men’s and Women’s Discipleship Ministries. The mission of ECTLC is to provide transitional housing and restore lives.

1527 East Main Street El Cajon, CA 92021 | (619) 442-0457 |