ECHOS – Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services – was formed in 1999 as an organized response to health and social services needs in the increasingly ethnically diverse area of southwest Houston. As a non-profit 501 ( C) 3 corporation, ECHOS opened its doors in April 2001 after refurbishing a building donated for ECHOS’ use by the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany. (See our 990)
Our 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.
Assistance is provided free of charge and without restrictions to all who come through the doors of ECHOS regardless of age, ethnicity, documentation status or sexual orientation.
Most initially come to ECHOS for assistance in completing and submitting applications for medical care and services provided by Harris Health System and the State of Texas Medicaid and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) programs. But they find they can receive so much more….
- Daily screenings and referral to free/low cost treatment services for those with high blood pressure or high glucose levels;
- Twice weekly vision screenings, with referral for low cost dilated eye exams and corrective lenses;
- Weekly screenings for HIV and other STD’s – with referral for counseling and treatment as needed;
- Other medical services include monthly immunizations with well and sick child visits for children provided by the Texas Children’s Superkids mobile van and dental services provided by the University of Texas Dental Branch mobile van.
ECHOS hosts ESL classes two days during the week and on Saturday mornings – and opens an emergency food pantry Monday through Thursday mornings providing non-perishable foods that will tide families in need over until they can reach a full service pantry. Contributions of non-perishable foodstuffs are always welcome!
An immigration attorney is at ECHOS one morning every two weeks, answering questions clients may have relative to immigration as well as a host of other legal needs.
And we at ECHOS welcome those who have a particular need to reach the clients that we serve. We work closely with the University of Texas School of Public Health, Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Houston as well as the Episcopal Health Foundation as they seek to find individuals willing to participate in a variety of research endeavors and focus groups established to research health care issues in a medically/socially underserved community.
If you would like to know more about ECHOS and our services or if you would like to make a donation or volunteer, please call 713.270.0369. We’ll look forward to hearing from you!