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 in December 2015, and in response, local leaders opened an emergency winter shelter at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. 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

this fiscal year, so far!


volunteer shifts to run the winter shelter

for 2020-2021 shelter season


in-kind gifts

fiscal year 2019-2020

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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  • 15 Dec LCBC Be Rich Campaign 2020

    ECHOS is honored to be a recipient in the Be Rich Campaign – LCBC Manheim Campus for the third year. LCBC’s Be Rich campaign “gives people the ...

  • 30 Nov CPOW Construction

    Each morning, ECHOS staff step onto the complex and pass construction crews hard at work. And each morning, as we pass these construction crews, exci...

  • 06 Nov 30 in 3 Giving Event

    Last September, ECHOS held its first annual One Community, Many Neighbors Celebration to raise the necessary funds for continuing services. This yea...

  • 16 Oct Winter Shelter 2020-2021

    ECHOS provides a warm, dry, safe place for homeless families and individuals of Elizabethtown, Bainbridge, Rheems, Marietta, Maytown and Mount Joy to...

  • 02 Oct Groundbreaking at Community Place on Washington

    Elizabethtown — August 11, 2020 — United Churches Elizabethtown Area (UCEA) announced today that it will hold a groundbreaking event Friday, Sept...

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