Emergency & Temporary Housing
Our goal is to provide a safe and healthy emergency home.
We have a structured environment that promotes personal responsibility, respect and cooperation among guests who seek shelter and services.
We are in the research stage to move forward with a "Mentor Program" for those who would like a bit of help or guidance when they leave the ARK and are trying to achieve stability in their household. Mentors will be trained, expected to adhere to boundaries and serve as referrals for help on budget issues and positive reinforcement. If you are interested in creating this program or help mentor a family or single female please email email@example.com
Mission and History
Inspired by Christ's example, The ARK Honors and Respect the humanity and dignity of its guests and staff members; affirming that every person is precious in God's sight.
The Ark provides a safe, drug and alcohol free environment for families and individuals who are in need of emergency or transitional housing.
The Ark empowers its guests to stabilize their lives by assisting them in obtaining permanent housing and employment.
ECHO Ministry: Empowerment Creates Hope and Opportunity
In 1998, Volunteers at Tri-County Christian Crisis Ministry were the first to recognize the need for a shelter in our community. Jane Motsinger was the head of a Steering Committee to help research and start the shelter.
In 1999, ECHO Ministry receives tax exempt status as 501 c (3).
March 1, 2000: The first guest at The ARK arrives and The ARK has not been empty a single night and by 2002 a larger home is needed!!
August, 2006: After architectural approvals, Magnolia Construction builds the new facility and open house is held on August 28.
March 1, 2015: The ARK celebrates their 15 year Anniversary with an Open House to invite everyone to celebrate serving the community.
November, 2017: The Cardboard City fundraiser was started and has become our biggest fundraisers that brings the community together.
We believe anyone can embrace who they are,
define their future, and change the world.
Cynthia Cothren, Director of Grants and Fundraising
Laurenn Singleton, Executive Director
Betty Holthouser, President
Vicky Tysor and Michael Wilson, Co-Vice Presidents
Teresa Smith, Treasurer
Patsy Burgess, Secretary