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 the faith community responded by opening an emergency winter shelter at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Just two months after opening its doors, a team of five submitted a grant to start a local social services agency that birthed 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 fourteen (14) programs and interventions with sixteen (16) 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

in current fiscal year


volunteer shifts to run the winter shelter


in-kind gifts

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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  • 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...

  • 07 Aug ECHOS 4th Anniversary

    July 1st marks the beginning of a “new” year for many nonprofit organizations; for Elizabethtown Community Housing & Outreach Services (ECHOS...

  • 06 Aug PPL Foundation Funding

    Elizabethtown Community Housing & Outreach Services (ECHOS) is honored to be a first-time recipient of funding from the PPL Foundation. These fou...

  • 05 Jun Brubaker Bros Turns Grant Into Donation to ECHOS

    In 2017, a partnership was formed between Elizabethtown College and Elizabethtown Area Chamber of Commerce, called “Destination Etown.”  Eli...

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