What kind of shelter are we:
Project ECHO is a non-profit organization that provides temporary, emergency shelter to homeless men, women and families. Our aim is to create an environment where the homeless can take time out from surviving and focus on getting their lives in order in a safe, sober, drug and alcohol free environment so they can move on to being self-sufficient, productive members of society. Various types of counseling, both individually and as a group, are available.
ECHO’s goal is to help re-integrate our homeless into the community. Individuals may stay up to 90 days at the shelter. Residents are required to actively pursue housing and employment goals, as well as education, job training and drug and alcohol treatment as needed. The shelter manager assesses their needs and coordinates with county agencies to provide support. Residents are not charged a fee for their time at the shelter. Instead, they are required to open a savings account and contribute to it during their stay. These savings provide them with a security deposit and first month’s rent for their own residence when they leave the shelter.
Number of beds: 20 for men, 20 for women and children.
Length of stay:
Up to 90 days. At times, the House Manager may add up to an additional 30 days. After six months, a person is eligible for an additional 90 day stay.
Hours to apply:
Although the shelter is open 24/7, the preferred time to take applicants is between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. However, exceptions may be made depending on circumstances. Whenever possible, call before showing up to insure there is space available.
Who do we take:
Although it is always at the discretion of the House Manager, if there is space available, we generally take anyone who shows up sober, is not a registered sex offender, is a resident of Calvert County, and has not used up his previous stay allowance.
Conditions of acceptance:
a. Alcohol and drug free
b. Photo ID
c. Calvert county residents given priority.
d. Not a registered sex offender.
e. Agree to abide by house rules.
f. Turn over all prescription medications and agree to take them as prescribed.
g. Approval of House Manager.
We are people, dealing with people. From time to time we may deviate from the above rules depending on our judgment of the individual and circumstances.