In 1992 the Ecumenical Council of Calvert County formed a task force to start a Homeless shelter: the Ecumenical Council for the HOmeless. Project ECHO, Inc. was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit and in 1993 our emergency shelter opened with 16 beds. In 2010, our current residence opened with room enough for 40-plus men, women, and children. More than just beds and meals, we provide a clean, safe, family-friendly environment to those who need it most. Our unique 90 day program gives each resident the opportunity to stabilize his or her life and offers many supplemental programs that encourage personal growth and independence.
What many people may not know is that Project ECHO, Inc. has been more than just an emergency shelter for many years. In 2000 we began to branch out with a transitional housing program for families. In 2012 we included a program for people in recovery and opened our first Oxford House. In 2015 we expanded into permanent housing with a shared-living program for individuals experiencing homelessness. We have since opened a second Oxford House and a second shared-living house. In 2017 we’ll open our very own thrift store in an effort to become more fiscally independent. The store will be stocked with donations and staffed by volunteers so that all proceeds can go directly towards our mission of helping the homeless.
Our organization is small but the support we receive from the community is great and with that support we’re able to help people make huge changes in their lives. We encourage you to contact us and visit our shelter to learn more about the things we do, the people we serve and the ways in which you can get involved.