ECHOS addresses the numerous needs of community members by providing linkages to services and information that will strengthen individuals and families in our community. ECHOS assists individuals to navigate through a complex system and acts as a focal point to increase services, benefits and empower individuals to self-resolve their needs.
Prevention & Diversion
We focus on preventing homelessness with a diversion strategy that prevents homelessness for people seeking shelter by helping them identify immediate alternate housing arrangements and, when necessary, connecting them with services and financial assistance to help them return to permanent housing.
Winter Shelter & Day Center
ECHOS oversees the Elizabethtown Winter Shelter which will be located at The White Brick House, 53 E. Washington Street, in Elizabethtown this year. This is a low barrier seasonal shelter, meaning the goal is to provide a safe, warm place for individuals with as few regulations as possible. The Winter Shelter is dependent upon community volunteers that provide a number of roles including overnight stays. During the winter months, ECHOS has opened a Day Center at the A Frame building owned by Christ Lutheran Church. Here, individuals experiencing homelessness can stay warm, receive an afternoon meal, use a computer for job searching, and meet with case managers. The Day Center is also run by community volunteers.
Coordinated Assessment (CHART)
For all individuals and families experiencing homelessness, ECHOS provides an assessment and intake to determine appropriate interventions to aid them in their next steps.
Rapid Re-Housing Interventions
We provide intervention designed to help individuals and families quickly exit homelessness and return to permanent housing.
We serve alongside numerous stellar organizations in addressing the needs of our community members and serve as a part of the leadership team of the Elizabethtown Area HUB, a United Way of Lancaster County Collective Impact Partner. Together we assess circumstances from a systems perspective, being mindful of the person in the situation and the setting in the community.