Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services (ECHOS) mission is to connect people in need with health, social and educational resources that can improve their lives.
Our vision is a community where all people can have access to resources needed to build a healthy and productive life.
In 2001, in response to the dramatic change in southwest Houston’s demographics the parishioners of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany established Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services (ECHOS). To this day ECHOS remains a ministry of the church and the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.
ECHOS became s a non-profit corporation in 2001. The doors opened to provide health and social services to the growing population of immigrants and refugees living in the area surrounding the Church.
Need for Our Services
ECHOS helps families access health care services and benefits coverage. ECHOS’ families encounter similar challenges. These include:
- incomes below poverty level,
- lack of access to health care,
- language barriers,
- limited or no transportation,
- educational deficits or illiteracy.
The average monthly family income of ECHOS clients is $1,126
During the first full year of activity, some 150 client households were reported to have visited the ECHOS campus for services. The primary service received was assistance in applying for State of Texas Medicaid programs and the Harris County Hospital District Gold Card (now Harris Health Systems Financial Assistance Program).
Since then, ECHOS has grown dramatically. In 2016, ECHOS saw
- 9,707 individuals for application assistance and the food pantry
- more than 5,000 households for the application assistance services and
- more than 13,000 individuals were fed at our twice monthly Food/mini health fairs.
ECHOS welcomes other agencies, healthcare providers who provide direct services for the clients that we serve, or who seek to research health care issues in a medically and socially vulnerable community. List of partners.
Mobile healthcare and food providers who come to our campus include:
- Mobile vans from Texas Children’s Hospital
- Juno Research, LLC
- University of Houston School of Optometry
- University of Texas Dental Branch
- Houston Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry
We work closely with the University of Texas School of Public Health, Baylor College of Medicine, Pro Salud, Juno Research and the McGovern Medical School. Altogether, we partner with 29 agencies and non-profit organizations from the Greater Houston Community.
A food pantry continues to provide non-perishable food to an increasing number of people who are impacted by the employment downturn. Other forms of assistance such as classes for English Language Learners and computer literacy, domestic violence support groups continue on a regular basis. Medicaid, Harris Health FAP (Gold Card) application assistance and follow-up remain our core service.
Other forms of assistance such as classes for English Language Learners and computer literacy, domestic violence support groups continue on a regular basis. Medicaid, Harris Health FAP (Gold Card) application assistance and follow-up remain our core service.
Services are provided free of charge and without restrictions to all who come through the doors of ECHOS, regardless of age, ethnicity, language spoken, documentation status or sexual orientation.