Our Programs

ECCO provides a variety of services in three main program areas to help our neighbors in need. Click on the headers below for more information or call 843.849.9220 during business hours to speak with someone on staff.

Basic Needs

Our Basic Needs 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:

  • Food, clothing and household goods 
  • Financial assistance (utility and rent assistance)
  • Medical, Dental and Prescription services
  • Educational opportunities and job services (ECCO Works, GED, Getting Ahead, financial 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.

Health Sevices

ECCO's Health Services Program provides prescription medication assistance, health maintenance follow-up and education, wellness classesm, scheduled appointments with a nurse practitioner, 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.


ECCO believes strongly that having the proper tools to combat poverty, increases the chances of success. There are many opportunities to gain the necessary training and skills to reach self-sufficiency.

Getting Ahead The Getting Ahead initiative is a cornerstone education program for single mothers. 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, and Job Readiness.


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