In 2008, the Eli Home hosted a large community forum to discuss community reinvestment. It was during this convening, that the organization decided to initiate a place-based initiative as an innovative approach to tackling the problem of child abuse by considering the neighborhood and environment where a child grows. ESCRI strives to provide economic opportunities for individuals, resources for families, and revitalization for the neighborhood. The first official meetings of ESCRI began in 2009 where a committee of organizations ranging from financial institutions, community organizers and affordable housing developers drafted a plan for the initiative. That year, ESCRI provided financial education classes and citizenship classes to local residents and former Eli Home clients and received its first grant from United Way of Orange County.
To empower and revitalize the East Street neighborhood.
- Empower through a holistic approach that includes education, job training, affordable housing, small business development, referral and social services.
- To provide effective and consistent leadership.
- To collaborate with other interested stakeholder in non-profit, for-profit, philanthropic and government.
ESCRI serves a community approximately three square miles in area surrounding the Eli Home's thrift store in Anaheim. The area is predominantly low income, densely populated and experiences high crime.
Anaheim vs. the East Street Area 92805
Per Capita Income
East Street, $12, 800
Hispanic/ Latino Population
East Street, 74%
East Street, 48%
Non- Native English Speaker
East Street, 72%
High School Degree
East Street, 49%
East Street, + 9%
Population under 35
East Street, 67%