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 organization, ECHOS opened its doors in April 2001 after refurbishing a building donated for ECHOS's use by the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany.
The mission of ECHOS is to assist those in need of medical and social services in accessing the services that are available in a manner, which promotes dignity for all. This is done both by providing on-site medical screening, support and intervention services as well as through referrals to various community service providers.
Most initially come to ECHOS to get help with completing applications for services provided by the Harris County Hospital District and the State of Texas Medicaid programs (medical care for women and children and food stamps). But they find they can receive so much more.......
• Daily screenings and referral to free or low cost services for those who have high blood pressure, high blood sugar or high cholesterol
• Twice weekly vision screenings
• Twice monthly screenings for HIV/Syphilis/Hepatitis C
• Monthly screening mammograms provided by The Rose
Other medical services include monthly immunizations for children and adults and dental services provided by the University of Texas Dental Branch mobile van.
The current economic downturn has left many hungry and in need of food. Life Houston is on the campus every Monday through Thursday from 9:30 – 2:00pm to make certain infants from birth through 12 months can receive formula and food. Infants should not go hungry. ECHOS also has an emergency food pantry – non-perishable foods that will tide those families in need over until they can reach a full service pantry. Contributions of non-perishable foodstuffs are always welcome!
A volunteer lawyer comes to the campus periodically to answer questions the ECHOS’s clients may have about civil/criminal law issues.
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 St. Lukes Episcopal Health Charities as they seek to find individuals willing to participate in a variety of research endeavors and focus groups focused on researching health care issues in a medically/socially underserved community.
If you would like to know more about our non-profit organization and its services or if you would like to make a donation or volunteer, please call 713-270-0369.