Meeting a Need

ECHOS began as a direct result of efforts to address homelessness in Elizabethtown when a father and son were discovered living in the local community park. Community members, churches, and the school district mobilized to open Elizabethtown’s first shelter in December 2015, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. That season, thirteen guests were served through a low-barrier shelter created to serve as a warm, dry, and safe place to spend the night.


Within the first month of operating the shelter, it became clear that there was so much more support to be offered. In response, local leaders submitted a grant application in the hopes of addressing community members’ needs. Ultimately, the grant was awarded and established ECHOS in July 2016, with Elizabethtown College as the fiscal agent. ECHOS was awarded its 501c3 status in July 2018.


Today, ECHOS has expanded to serve Elizabethtown, Bainbridge, Rheems, Mount Joy, Maytown, and Marietta. The agency has a team of over fifteen staff who assist more than 800 households annually through ten programs, including housing stability programs, eviction prevention, emergency shelter, and information and resources.


Our purpose is to empower families and­­­ individuals experiencing housing instability and insufficient income in the Northwest Region of Lancaster County.


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

Proud parents showing family painting of son and daughter sitting on sofa at home. Smiling african mother and middle eastern father with two children looking at camera. Little boy and cute girl with parents showing handmade painting of a happy united family in a new home.

Our Mission

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

Smiling women looking at paperwork in community center

Our Vision

Create a stable, thriving community.

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