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Colorado Springs Ecumenical Social Ministries (ESM) was established as a nonprofit organization in 1982 by eight large downtown churches. Considered an outreach extension for the community, ESM responds to the emergency social service needs of low-income, homeless and unemployed individuals and families in Colorado Springs. 


CPR & First Aid Workshop

ESM is offering a CPR & First Aid Workshop on Tuesday, March 24, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Cost is $22.50 per person. If you are interested in attending, please contact Karen @ 228-6786.

Tax preparation begins on Monday, February 2!

ESM will be offering VITA income tax preparation, beginning on Monday, February 2. This service is provided for individual income tax returns for the current income tax year only. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. It is first-come, first-serve with usually 15 people in the morning session and 15 people in the afternoon session. 

Required documentation for VITA to do taxes:
  • Total adjusted gross income under $60,000
  • Photo ID of person filing taxes
  • Social security card for every person on return
  • ITINs if no social security card
  • All sources of income: W2s, 1099s, 1099G, 1098T
  • Health insurance information: SSA 1099 for Medicare, Medicaid, 1095 (if health insurance purchased from market place), W2s showing employee insurance, documentation showing other health insurance coverage


 Empty Stocking Fund Campaign!

We are proud to be part of the Empty Stocking Fund Campaign. This year the campaign raised $1.6 Million. Thank you to everyone who participated in the various ESF events and who donated to the Campaign. You helped ESM and 19 other agencies!   



ESM Snow Closure Policy

In case of inclement weather, ESM follows School District #11 for delays and closures.

If District #11 has a two-hour delay, ESM will open at 10:00 a.m.

If District # 11 is closed, ESM is closed. 

If in doubt, please call our main telephone number 719-636-1916.

"I think ESM is a great place! You really help people and everyone is so kind and friendly. You are a Godsend. Thank you so much."

In response to the Gospel, ESM promotes self-sufficiency and restores dignity by providing food, medicine, housing, job placement, educational programs, and spiritual encouragement.

ESM provides a collaborative Christian response to low income and homeless people in crisis.

ESM will comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules and regulations prohibiting discrimination.