Eolia Christian Community Outreach

Ecco's ministries and outreach programs

Food Pantry - distributes one bag/family/month (60-100 boxes monthly.); including government commodities. In the local elementary school, 85% of our children are eligible for free lunches.

Jail ministry - Visitation, Bibles, and snacks to prisoners in Letcher County Jail.

Thrift store - Sells donated clothing, household items, and furniture to the local community at very low prices. The county's real unemployment rate is 61%.

Burnout Victims - supplies household items for family's that have lost their homes in a fire.

Holiday Activities - Distributes Turkeys, toys, gifts, and fruit baskets to family's as well as personal care kits to home health patients. Hosts an annual Christmas party for community children.

Emergency Assistance - Working with various county agencies to help with emergency assistance.

Eolia Community Park - Oversees development and maintenance of a six-acre park which provides picnic shelters, playground equipment, amphitheater, walking track, nature trail, and organized events for the local community.

Saving Grace homeless shelter-  Partner & Support the Completion of local and county shelter by providing goods, a place for county and community meetings, and financial support.

ECCO has a small chapel adjacent to the main outreach facility. The chapel was built in 2009 and was dedicated in memory of the late Vice-President, Tony Gross.  There is a Sunday evening service each week at 6:00 p.m. 

Mission Statement

The purpose of ECCO, Inc. is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, to promote Christian values, to provide resources, people-power, commodities, and other goods in social ministries to meet the needs of people in and around Letcher County, KY; to provide opportunities of fellowship for the residents in and around Eolia, KY. 

Our Chapel

Our volunteers

ECCO's strength comes from community volunteers helping with the various ministries and its partnership with churches, organizations, and individuals. 

Helping hands are always needed at ECCO!

OUR Ministries

ECCO's ministries touch many people, serving their physical needs while witnessing the love of Christ.  ECCO seeks to meet individual needs by providing food, household items, clothing, and personal care items.


  1. 1987-Ecco was established in the storeroom of a small country store.
  2. 1994-Plans were made for the construction of the new facility.
  3. 2002- ECCO hosted the first group of SWAP volunteers to work in the community
  4. 2007-The ECCO facility grew with the addition of 2 wings, including more dormitory space, a community room and an additional room for the Thrift Store.
  5. ​2009-Chapel was built. Dedicated to the memory of Tony Gross 

Brenda Gross, President & Director


Kester Halcomb, Vice- President