Nestled on a busy street corner in the heart of Los Angeles, New Greater Circle Mission Church is more than a place of worship. The church serves as a resource for the community, providing food and valuable information that has a positive impact on the lives it touches.

The church is one of about 30 faith-based organizations that have partnered with Southern California Edison (SCE) to teach safety around electricity to African-American communities in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.  

“I think it is very important for us as leaders of the community to provide safety information to our community as they don’t always receive this type of information,” said Elizabeth Gregory, pastor of New Greater Circle Mission. “We’re very appreciative of the efforts that Southern California Edison has put forth.” 

Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood, Grace Chapel of San Bernardino and Temple Missionary Baptist Church in San Bernardino have also served as host churches for the faith-based electrical safety initiative.

Ed Robinson, an SCE principal manager in Local Public Affairs and the pastor at Hope in Christ Community Church, helped organize the safety initiative with the various churches and spoke to the congregations.  

“As an SCE employee and pastor of a church in Compton, I understand how the church can be used as a vessel to distribute important electrical safety information to the community,” he said. “I believe it’s important for individuals to be aware of electrical safety practices so they can keep themselves, their families and other community members safe.”

So far, more than 30,000 safety materials have been distributed during church services, meetings and community events. Faith leaders are also showing an SCE safety video to community members so they can become safety ambassadors to their friends and family. 

“During the briefing, I learned about things I never thought about before,” said Raymond Turner, a senior pastor at Temple Missionary Baptist Church in San Bernardino. “The little things really do matter when it comes to our surroundings, like how electricity can flow through places you would not imagine.”