One hundred years ago, the Ebell Rest Cottage was a modest house where the ladies of the Ebell volunteered to provide care and comfort to needy women looking for a place in which to convalesce before returning to their homes after illness, medical procedures, or just plain exhaustion.
By the 1970’s, between the advent of Medicare and Medicaid and the tremendous growth of opportunities for women in our community, maintenance of the Rest Cottage was no longer feasible for the Ebell. The Club sold its last Rest Cottage building in 1980 and the proceeds became the seed money for the Rest Cottage Association endowment. The endowment now amounts to well over $3 million.
Today, the Ebell Rest Cottage Association has a dual purpose: to oversee the prudent management of its endowment and to perform the due diligence involved in making grants to charities that help needy women and their children in Los Angeles County.
This year, after reviewing submissions from a pool of 24 extremely worthy candidates using the RCA’s brand-new online application process, the members deliberated at length to select ten charities that fit our mission: to provide support for the mental, physical, and financial health of women and their children who reside in Los Angeles County. The grantees are: Alexandria House, Families & Criminal Justice, House of Ruth, Hope Cottage (Jewish Family Service Family Violence Project), Journey Out, Safe Passage, St. Anne’s Residential Treatment Program, St. Barnabas Senior Services Women’s Emergency Fund, Teen Project, and Write Girl. Their missions include helping victims of domestic violence, homeless women, incarcerated mothers, impoverished seniors, and needy teens. All of these terrific organizations will be honored at our annual luncheon on April 23, 2018, where we hope to give every Ebell member the opportunity to become more familiar with our philanthropic work and the people who benefit from it every day.
Membership in the RCA is open to all Ebell members for the modest sum of $12 a year. Members meet once a month, on the second Monday of the month. In addition, the Ebell Social Services Committee works side by side with the RCA to provide volunteer and material assistance to the charities it supports, in keeping with RCA’s motto: “Relief, Compassion, and Action.”
Join us today! It’s a great way to become involved in both the Ebell community and the larger one outside our walls. Please contact Randi Jones, RCA Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.