Organization History

The Interchurch Organization (ECHO) is

a non profit agency that serves the poor and

homeless of Northern Kentucky. ECHO was

started by Sister Mary Dorgan, CDP

and other interested laity and ministers of

Campbell County. On April 19, 1991 ECHO

started the first soup kitchen in Campbell County.

About thirty meals one day

a week were served out of the fellowship hall of the

First Church of the Nazarene on

York Street in Newport.


In 1992 ECHO was given a tremendous gift by

the Henry Hosea Family.

David and Marcia Hosea

bought and donated our current home of

ECHO, a former VFW hall

that is memorialized for

David Hosea's father and grandfather.

Thus the Henry Hosea House was

founded at 901 York Street in Newport, KY.




In June 1997, Karen Yates

becan1e the executive director

and expanded the meal program

to include weekends and added other

direct services for the guests.


We now average about 150 meals

an evening. Many volunteers work

together to ECHO the call of the Gospel today

by reaching out to

the poor and homeless in our community.

To continue the success of all our

programs, ECHO depends on your support,

prayers, donations and volunteer efforts.








"The Henry Hosea House provides a safe environment in which to satisfy our clients need for daily, nutrition, support, healthy guidance and social interaction. This positive atmosphere enhances their capacity for self-help and self-sufficiency."