Basic Needs

Food and Clothing

Food and Supplies

Available during regular service hours, ECCO offers a Client Choice Wellness Pantry. Shelves are regularly stocked with everything from canned goods and bread to toilet paper and diapers.

Fresh and Free Client Choice Farmers Market
    • Offered the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10am to 2pm
    • Take home enough fruits and vegetables for the entire household
    • Recipes and food samplings

 

Clothing Store

Find clothes, shoes, and accessories for people of all ages. ECCO clients are eligible to receive twenty (20) items of clothing once every thirty (30) days. All clients must first register at the front desk to access the store.

Financial Assistance

ECCO provides emergency funds to hundreds of Charleston and Berkeley County residents in financial distress each year. 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. Please review the following criteria to see if you qualify.

Unforeseen Hardships

      • A sudden loss of income in the past 60 days (ex: laid off, fired, or hours were greatly cut)
      • Unusual increase in expenses in the past 45 days
      • Circumstances which have put an unreasonable financial burden on a household and which could not have been predicted, anticipated, or expected in the past 45 days (ex: car or home repairs, unexpected medical bill)
      • Death of a partner/dependent/relative

In order to receive financial assistance, eligible clients are required to provide the following items:

      • Pay stubs showing loss of income in the past 60 days
      • Past and present utility bills showing the increase bills in the past 45 days
      • Receipts showing the unforeseen medical or repair bill in the past 45 days

 

Please contact Whitney Cooper, Financial Assistance Specialist, at 843.416.7134 for more information.

Household Furnishings

St. Vincent de Paul Household 

The ministry is part of St. Vincent de Paul, a national Catholic organization with the simple mission “to serve the needy in our community.” Bob Newton and other members of Christ Our King parish began the ministry by collecting donated furniture and household items to distribute them to people in need. Initially, donated furniture was kept in rented storage units and a Christ Our King parishioner’s garage. To accommodate its growth, a more permanent location was identified. The ministry is now located in the ECCO building on Six Mile Road in Mount Pleasant. Volunteers from local churches, including St. Benedict, Christ Our King, and Stella Maris are on site Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon to accept donations. Donors can arrange for pick-up of items on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Volunteers also assist needy clients who come to the warehouse on Wednesdays and Saturdays to pick up household items and furniture at no charge. In contrast to other organizations that receive donated goods, items are free to clients identified as needy through a number of service organizations Though it is a Catholic organization, St. Vincent de Paul gratefully accepts donations and volunteers from everyone. They also help the needy without regard to religious affiliation.

If you have questions about donating items, you can reach St. Vincent de Paul, call 843.416.7126 or email svdpecco@gmail.com.

Drop-offs Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon at the ECCO location, 1145 Six Mile Rd.