Our Programs

ECCO provides a variety of services to help our less fortunate neighbors in the Low Country.

Basic Services

Our Basic Services Program offers clients the opportunity to become economically stable and self sufficient through long term guidance and support.

Key elements of support offered to the clients include:

  • Basic needs (food and clothing)
  • Financial assistance (utility and rent assistance)
  • Medical, Dental and Prescription services
  • Educational opportunities (GED and "Getting Ahead" classes)
  • Referrals to appropriate community agencies
  • Consultation and mentor support

Eligibility: Clients who are applying for financial assistance through ECCO are eligible for enrollment in this program. The Case Manager will determine if the client is an appropriate candidate for the program.

Free Store
ECCO clients are eligible to receive weekly clothing and household items from the free store. Please visit ECCO Monday through Thursday, 10am to 2pm to visit the store. The free store is closed on Fridays. All clients must first register at the front desk to access the store. East Cooper residency is required for some services. Apply in person Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm.
Financial Assistance Program
Clients may receive limited assistance with their utility bill or monthly rent or mortgage payment (depending on funding). Assistance is determined by ECCO's Financial Case Manager and is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To learn more about eligibility, please inquire in person Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm.


Empowerment and Education

ECCO believes strongly that having the proper tools to combat poverty, increases the chances of success. There are many Education Programs to choose from at our facility.

GETTING Ahead Workshop The Getting Ahead Workshop is the cornerstone education program of the Getting Ahead Family Partnership. This facilitated group discussion, is a 8 week orientation program that helps clients take stock of their current situation and identify personal goals that will enable them to make necessary changes to improve it.

ECCO offers adult education classes for individuals 22 and older interested in earning their General Education Diploma. Also provided is a Financial Literacy program, WorkKeys, Health Education and Job Readiness.


Health and Wellness

ECCO's Health Services Program provides prescription medication assistance, health maintenance follow-up and education, preventative and restorative dental treatment, emergency dental, and referrals for early
detection of chronic health conditions for East Cooper residents living at or below 200% of poverty.


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