It helps tremendously to know there are people like you and organizations like EAG that truly care and bring such hope and positive energy into people's lives. - EAG Client
I had been battling breast cancer for over a year and one of my counselors at the Actors Fund recommended that I contact The Episcopal Actors’ Guild for further assistance. I did so and was introduced to the most helpful people there. Not only did they help with rental assistance, free classes, and headshots, but they help me regularly with food from the pantry as well. I was surprised by the quality of the food: lots of organic and natural foods from Trader Joe’s and nutritious staple foods that have kept me afloat for months.
Karen Lehman Foster is so kind. She understands what I am going through and encourages me to take what I need. It’s hard enough to go through cancer treatment and surgeries, but also having food anxiety and needing to eat cheap, unhealthy food is very detrimental. EAG’s food pantry has helped me cut food anxiety out of the equation and stay focused on healing. The free classes and headshots have kept me focused on the future and hopeful about staying in the acting profession, once I’m healed. —EAG Client
You are true angels of mercy during this very dark moment in all our lives. - EAG Client
When it comes to health, it is very difficult to find good doctors when you have limited insurance and funds. In order to use my insurance, I had been going to teaching-universities for dental care. Once in a while I had a good experience; more often than not, I had terrible experiences. At my last checkup, I found out that ALL the general work I had received there had pretty much failed. They would not even repair the damage or offer an implant for the bad work. I called Karen at EAG to ask for recommendations in the hope that some members might have found better care. Unfortunately, none of those doctors would accept my insurance, and my last option was another teaching center.
EAG helped cover the costs for me to go to a trusted family doctor who did all the repairs for me, and even saved the failed root canal that teaching-doctors wanted to rip out. Thanks to EAG, I did not lose any work, and I can smile and perform pain-free.
The Episcopal Actors’ Guild makes me feel good about being an artist. Walking into the Guild Hall, there is never any judgment, only good feelings, good vibes, and compassion for people who have dedicated their lives to the arts. You guys are the best! —EAG client
The reduction in stress is making me more physically able to cope and live and seek work, and I am not afraid of not making rent for April. - EAG Client
Being a single mother and actor in the film and television industry is hard, but it gets worse during and after Christmas. Everything shuts down for at least two weeks. Some shows go on hiatus until the middle of the year, and work just trickles in at the beginning of the year. You have to rely on any reserves you accumulated throughout the year to hold you over until things pick up again. In my case, the show I was on got canceled, so there was a delicate balance between when and what to spend money on because my next paycheck wasn’t guaranteed.
When I heard about the Florence James Children’s Holiday Fund, I literally felt a burden lift off my shoulders. My 6-year-old son had told me he wanted lots of gifts under the Christmas tree. Because of the fund, I knew that his dream was attainable. I was able to get him toys and other essentials he needed and watch his little face light up as he opened his presents. Thank you, EAG! You made our Christmas. —EAG Client
You guys are constantly thinking of us. Always. The food card brought me to tears. - EAG Client
Thank you to all of you at The Episcopal Actors' Guild for being there when I needed you most, and unbelievably calling me to check up again today, making sure I had food supplies, during this pandemic. - EAG Client