Project ECHO, Inc. is a Homeless Shelter in Calvert County that can accommodate men, women and families. It is one of only two shelters in the state of Maryland where entire families can stay together in the same facility. Residents stay at the ECHO House for up to 90 days in a safe, sober, substance-free environment.
While here, residents have access to in-house resources such as: life coaching, 12-step recovery meetings, anger management, conflict resolution groups, nutrition training, cooking lessons, educational programs and general life skills trainings. Our residents are also referred to other agency resources such as social services, mental health, and substance abuse services. Non-residents and former residents have on occasion, also participated in our programs and used our facilities. Sometimes a person just needs a safe place to shower and wash their laundry; sometimes they just need a hot meal. Project ECHO is always here, always open, and always willing to help as many people as we can.
In 2014 alone, Project ECHO provided nearly 14,000 bed nights and served over 26,000 warm meals to people in need. In addition to our 40 bed Shelter we also manage a small boarding house and have subsidized an Oxford house for men, and most recently, an Oxford house for women.
Thanksgiving day we will hold our 4th annual Turkey Trot 5k run/walk. Every year the Trot grows larger and last year we had over 500 registered participants. This year we hope to exceed that number and our goal is to raise $10,000 for the benefit of Project ECHO and the homeless families that we serve.
At Project ECHO we are able to provide resources, meals and shelter because of the generosity of the community members, churches and other civic ministries who regularly donate their time and money. Fundraising events such as the Turkey Trot allow our staff and residents the chance to actively participate in the process of generating funds. This invokes feelings of pride and accomplishment. We’re striving to be more self-supporting and we’re also contributing to something greater than ourselves. It’s a beautiful thing and we invite you to be a part of it.