Mission: To help people help themselves through its services and programs and to assist them in utilizing existing services and programs in the community. In its assistance to the people of the janesville area, echo utilizes a combination of professional and volunteer staff to provide housing, food, household goods, transportation, and other essential services. Echo serves primarily low income people or people with an emergency need.
Programs: Housing services fall into 2 sub-categories, both of which include case management: lodging in motels and rent assistance. Rent smart is inherent in both parts of the housing program. Lodging in motels is provided to homeless people for 1-6 weeks. This plan is customized to the person's personal struggles and barriers to self-sufficiency. In 2017, echo provided 3,504 shelter nights for people who became homeless. Rent assistance is usually one-month assistance once a year, unless the person is part of a grant-specific program allowing for multiple months rent assistance, coupled with other support services and monthly case management. In 2017, echo provided 459 months of rent assistance. Case management is customized to the individual's needs and may include budgeting, credit, leases, communication, home care, tenant and landlord rights, linking to other community services, etc.
food services include groceries from the food pantry, consisting of a week's supply of food for a family, once-a-month. Echo provided 20,608 people food orders over the 12 months of 2017, plus another 11,864 people were served through our other food services, such as baby food, senior stock boxes, community meal, farmers market, thanksgiving groceries, christmas dinner, and emergency food at grocery stores. Echo is also the bread hub for rock county, supplying bread to other pantries, nursing and group homes, senior centers, etc. With all of our food services, echo provided 3. 879 million meals in 2017 with purchased food and pass-throughs. Echo distributed over 1. 458 million pounds of food in 2017.
other program services include transportation, household goods, personal supplies, school supplies and much more. Just a few of those services include gasoline cards to 185 families, bus tokens to 206 families. We also provided school supplies to 561 children, christmas gifts to 566 children and another 320 people through our christmas adopt-a-family program. Echo's dollars and sense report is an annual report that combines echo's year-end service and financial reports, and adds in an unduplicated count of 1,348 volunteers also assisted in delivering echo's services - some of them volunteer weekly and others for special distributions or fundraisers. When incorporating all of echo's in-kind goods and services to our cash expenditures, echo has a ratio of 98% direct assistance to 2% administration. Echo's reports may be viewed at www. Echojanesville. Org.
just the summaries above were noted in previous years, but echo provides over 30 services. Some of these other services include: personal and household supplies; nutrition demos; pet food in coordination with the humane society; diapers and depends; farmer's market vouchers; representative payee services and more. Our reports may be viewed at www. Echojanesville. Org, which is currently being reconstructed to be compatible with mobile use.