Christopher P Epley “Big Cat” Hospitality House will be 1936 sq ft built in the central area of ECHO Village @ 107 Passion Play Rd in Eureka Springs, Ar. It will serve as the central gathering area for the Village. It will include a dining/meeting area that will seat 36, a kitchen, laundry area, manager’s office, and handicap accessible bathroom on the lower 1320 sq. ft level. A second floor (616 sq ft) will have 2 sleeping rooms and 2 full bathrooms. This will serve as shelter for battered women, homeless families, and select homeless individuals. They will have access to the kitchen & laundry facilities on the first floor. Currently there is no shelter of this nature in Eureka Springs.
ECHO Village is a planned community of 26 small homes built on 9 wooded acres to assist the homeless, or housing insecure with mental health issues, recent prison release, or just bad luck. 11 homes and a studio apartment have been built and are operating at capacity. A social worker, medical doctor, the resident manager, and the members of the village work together to assist those in transition rebuild their lives, and learn to live in community.
Chris’s Place is named to honor and remember Chris (Big Cat) Epley, who died tragically in a work related injury in 2016. Chris had a heart of gold, and was always about helping others, particularly the less fortunate. It will be built with volunteer labor, and we estimate a cost of $175,000. The west part of ECHO Village, where Chris’s Place will be built, needs water, sewer & lift station that will cost approximately $100,000. So our goal is to raise $275,000 to make this happen without accruing more debt. We will then be poised to complete the remaining 15 homes, as infrastructure will be in place.
Please join us in this effort to not only complete ECHO Village, but also honor Chris Epley. Chris will not be forgotten. We need your help & generosity, and also the help of everyone you know. So please forward this to all your friends, family & contacts. Thank you!!
More information about Eureka Christian Health Outreach Inc (Echo): Faith Based Ecumenical Medical Clinic Events Staffed By Volunteers Who Provide A Hot Meal Free Medical Care And Pharmacy To Low Income Uninsured Families Along With Temporary Shelter Costs For The Homeless
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