Evergreen Christian Outreach is in the business of giving hope.
The organization, which helps the area’s needy, provides food, clothes, school supplies and firewood, and assistance with rent, utility bills and child care. The number of families in need has doubled since 2008 when the economy went south, according to Sharon Smith, EChO’s executive director. EChO helped 435 households between January and August 2011. Of those, 108 were new families.