The mission of EChO is to assist people in our community with their basic and urgent needs and to help them realize their potential on a path to self-sufficiency.
EChO is organized as a charity following the Gospel of Jesus Christ that calls us to “feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothes the naked, care for the sick and imprisoned (Matthew 25:35-36) and “to love one another as He has loved us” (John 13:34).
EChO relies on contributions from local churches, faith-based organizations, charitable organizations, grants, corporate and individual donors. In addition, EChO operates a Resale Shop for the purpose of supplementing its income in order to accomplish its mission.
Evergreen Christian Outreach was organized as a charity following the Gospel of Jesus Christ that calls us to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, care for the sick and imprisoned (Matthew 25:35-36) and “to love one another as He has loved us” (John 13:34).
In 1985 Bob Bryan of the Church of the Transfiguration initiated an emergency food and clothing closet in the church. Two years later in 1987, Jim Benson and Gordon Wyant, living in Evergreen and attending Evergreen Fellowship Church approached him and secured the use of an empty building on the church campus where they could office for a year and start what became Evergreen Christian Outreach. They built shelves and the ladies of their church painted them and subsequently volunteered to sort and arrange the donations. All the churches in Evergreen were invited to participate in soliciting donations and also sending any people they knew to benefit from the same. By 1988 a director was hired, a board consisting of one member from each community church was formed and an application for a 501 © 3 designation was sent to the state of Colorado.
Within 5 years, the ministry had moved from the closet in the Church, to Whitney House, and then to Bancroft Hall, on the campus of the Church of the Transfiguration.
At first, a few families were served each week. In 2010, over 300 families were served each quarter. Over the years, more than 2500 different individual family units have been served. Now, 20 churches, thousands of donors, and a score of organizations have participated in reaching out to those in need in the Evergreen area and beyond.
It is the policy of EChO to provide services to clients without regard to race, religion, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status or national origin.