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ECHO Ministry, Inc.
Empowering Change Hope & Opportunity

Emergency & Transitional Housing

We serve homeless families and single women who are not victims of domestic violence.

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.

How Can You Help Us?

Raise awareness about The Ark and homelessness in our community! Many do not realize there is a shelter in Elkin.  We usually have a waiting list and cannot serve all those who call us.  Homelessness can affect anyone 

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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 single women  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.

Our Staff

Cynthia Cothren, Director of Grants and Fundraising

Laurenn Singleton, Executive Director

Cheyenne Sneed, Case Manager

Stephanie Gosselin, House Manager

Asa Yost, Peer Support Specialist 

Night/Weekend Managers:

Tracy Mays

Janine Lewis

Darryl Wilson

Stephanie Gosselin

Brooke Milhoan

Our Mission

Board of Directors

Lora Evans, President

Anita Darnell, Vice President

Danielle Marion, Secretary

Randy Joyner, Interim Treasurer

Amanda Brewer

Cory Hutchens

Kim Carter

Asa Yost

Brent Slate

Teresa Smith

Debbie Garner

Portia Hayes

Tonia Goad

*Michael Wilson

*Brittany Russell

We Need Your Support Today!

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