Meeting a Need

A Journey of Faith and Hope

Elizabethtown is located in the western fringes of rural Lancaster County, and until 2016, our community was devoid of centralized social services. This need became apparent, and in response, local leaders opened an emergency winter shelter at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in December 2015. Just two months after opening its doors, a team of five community advocates submitted a grant to start a local social services agency that established Elizabethtown Community Housing & Outreach Services (ECHOS) in July 2016. Our growing organization owes our thanks to Elizabethtown College, who served as the fiscal agent of ECHOS until the agency was awarded a 501(c)3 status.


Since July 2016, ECHOS has become a strong social services center serving the northwest region of Lancaster County. Currently there are eighteen (18) programs, interventions, and resources with fifteen (15) staff focusing on client-centered, trauma-informed practices to assist individuals and families in need of stability. We believe that a community is stronger when all members are stronger and provided the supports needed to be successful.


people served since ECHOS began


hours of case advocacy

fiscal year 2020-2021


volunteer shifts to run the winter shelter

for 2020-2021 shelter season


in-kind gifts

fiscal year 2020-2021

Female Neighbor Helping Senior Woman With Shopping

Our Mission

Mobilize communities to provide services that prevent and alleviate poverty and empower stability in our neighbors.

Father and his daughter laughing and playing outside.

Our Vision

Create a stable, thriving community.


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  • 25 Aug ECHOS’ Longest-Serving Advocate

    Leigh Ann Farling has watched ECHOS boom since she joined the team in 2017. In her roles at the agency, Leigh Ann has assisted ECHOS in a multitude o...

  • 04 Aug Au Revoir, Destiny!

    A cherished member of the ECHOS team is moving on. This month, we said farewell to Destiny Harbison, our volunteer from AmeriCorps VISTA. Destiny exp...

  • 19 Jul Truist Grant

    Elizabethtown Community Housing & Outreach Services (ECHOS) today announced it received a $3,000 grant from Truist Foundation to furnish and out...

  • 28 Jun Prevent Homelessness

    Sometimes a natural disaster reduces a family’s home to bricks and splinters and they’re on the street unexpectedly. Other times, though, homeles...

  • 11 Jun Rotary Club Donation

    Elizabethtown Community Housing & Outreach Services (ECHOS) is honored to receive a generous grant from the Elizabethtown Rotary Club. Their supp...

  • 18 May TE Connectivity Grant Award

    Elizabethtown Community Housing & Outreach Services (ECHOS) feels thrilled and honored to be a recipient of funding from TE Connectivity. TE Conn...

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