Ken Gibeon, who has been homeless in Tallahassee for "a couple of years" drinks his coffee at his camp in Tallahassee, Florida November 15, 2010. Financially strapped and many times homeless Tallahassee residents and families seek assistance at ECHO for their most basic needs of food, clothing and shelter.
Slideshow Photos: © Mark Wallheiser

16 month-old Liam Hamilton and his mother Kelly Hamilton wait in the lobby of ECHO to be helped with some of their family's most basic needs as financially strapped and many times homeless Tallahassee residents and families try to get by in today's economy October 27, 2010.
Slideshow Photos: © Mark Wallheiser

Turkey week at ECHO where the Emergency Care Help Organization gives away approx 250 turkeys along with the cranberry, stuffing and other supplies for a good Thanksgiving meal. The under funded and homeless depend on ECHO for their most basic needs of food, clothing and shelter.
Slideshow Photos: © Mark Wallheiser

Homeless ECHO client Bill Oliver enjoys a Thanksgiving meal at the Big Bend Homeless Coalition on Pensacola Street in Tallahassee, Florida November 25, 2010. Oliver lives in the woods in the Apalachicola National Forest.
Slideshow Photos: © Mark Wallheiser

Ken Gibeon,, who has been homeless in Tallahassee for "a couple of years" outside the ECHO office after picking up a lunch pack and blanket October 18, 2010. Financially strapped and many times homeless Tallahassee residents and families seek assistance at ECHO for their most basic needs of food, clothing and shelter.
Slideshow Photos: © Mark Wallheiser

Christine Barns (L) talks with one of the emergency resource counselors at ECHO as her son, twelve year-old Revis Dixon Jr. sits next to her while she seeks assistance for seven people in her household October 27, 2010. Financially strapped and many times homeless Tallahassee residents and families seek the most basic needs of food, clothing and shelter at the ECHO office October 27, 2010.Slideshow Photos: © Mark Wallheiser

20 month-old Christopher Johnson plays with a chair while his mother seeksg assistance for some her families most basic needs at ECHO October 27, 2010. Financially strapped and many times homeless Tallahassee residents and families increasingly seek assistance with their most basic needs of food, clothing and shelter at ECHO in Tallahassee, Florida.
Slideshow Photos: © Mark Wallheiser

Homeless ECHO client 6 year-old Trinity Jordon enjoys a Thanksgiving meal with her mother and sister at the Big Bend Homeless Coalition on Pensacola Street in Tallahassee, Florida November 25, 2010.
Slideshow Photos: © Mark Wallheiser

2012Come join us for the BIG BEND POTTER’S GUILD’S

5th ANNUAL EMPTY BOWL SUPPER

on Sunday, March 30th from 4-6 pm.  For a $15 donation you may select a beautiful ceramic bowl  handcrafted by the skilled artisans of the BIG BEND POTTER’S GUILD and then fill it with delicious soup from MORELIA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT!  Handmade mugs will also be available for $15.

Children 10-17  are $5 and under 10 are free (soup only)

Kids may purchase a bowl at the adult price.

Enjoy live music by HOT TAMALE!

We appreciate the wonderful support of Morelia’s and the continuing support of the Big Bend Potters Guild!  Come join them in their efforts to help ECHO fill bowls for those in our community who are hungry.

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We are adding to our Family Services Program with the opening of the new Bethany House at Westgate on Blountstown St. to provide transitional housing for families with minor children. We have been blessed with donations of furniture and comforters. However we are in urgent need of the following for each of our 11 bedrooms:

 
8 sets of twin XL sheets
4 pillows
1 floor lamp
1 to 2 area rugs
4 sets of towels
Shower curtain
1 bath mat
1 slip resistant shower mat
laundry detergent (he)
bleach (he)
1 dish detergent
1 dish rag

Maybe your church, Sunday School, business, or civic group would like to fulfill all of these needs for one room, or maybe you can help out with one or two items yourself. We also need kitchen items such as cookware, dishes, flatware, etc. Call Nancy at 224-3246 ext 209 with any questions.

Ernest Quinn

Ernest Quinn

Ernest Quinn first came to ECHO in October of last year. He lost his job as a truck driver after a wreck and not long after, he lost his car, and then his home. Not sure where to go or what to do next, he came in to ECHO hoping for a little help with food. After talking about his situation and his plans for seeking employment, his case manager told him, “Mr. Quinn, I can tell by your attitude and obvious work ethic that you are going to be an ECHO success story”.

We have seen Ernest a few times since that first visit.  He returned to get a referral to a transitional housing program and to help him file for food stamps, and again to fill out a bus pass application and get help with a clothing voucher.  And then, just this past week Ernest came in to speak with his original case manager.  He was proud to share that he now has a full time job, just purchased a vehicle, and is getting ready to move into his own apartment.  He simply stopped by to share with us that his case manager’s words from his first visit to ECHO had come true.

Ernest is just one success story – mostly because of his own will and drive to start over.  But this was also made possible because of the caring folks in this community who put their faith into action and provided the help he needed. Because of your donations, Ernest and many others are able to get back on their feet through ECHO. THANK YOU!

 

Ricky Carmichael Golf Tournament for ECHO a BIG success! And we have a winner of the E-Z-GO Golf Cart…

Charles Minter is the winner of the 2013 E-Z-GO Golf Cart!  We sold almost 1,000 tickets this year which raise needed funds for ECHO’s programs.  In all we raised almost $43,000!  We appreciate all of our wonderful sponsors and golfers who supported us this year.  And of course, our celebrity sponsor, Ricky Carmichael and his […]

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ECHO Supporters Help a Disabled American Vet Move from Homeless to Hopeful

Edward P. came to us in early November.  It was starting to get cold outside and he needed a blanket to keep warm at night as he was sleeping in his car.  Edward is a Disabled American Veteran – and he was homeless due to divorce.  He had been given custody of his 14 year […]

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