Five years ago, on October 1, 2015, Dorchester County Community Outreach (DCCO) opened the doors of its shelter on Central Avenue to house its first guest.
DCCO is a Summerville-based non-profit that operates two transitional housing shelters for men and women experiencing homelessness. Since welcoming its first guest in 2015, DCCO has expanded its reach to operate two housing shelters: Home of Hope and Hope’s House. These shelters have served 426 residential guests and 279 non-residential drop-in guests receiving services such as laundry and meals, and placed 10 families in an emergency shelter.
As the population in this area grows, so has the need for DCCO’s services. The organization’s leadership has no plans of slowing down, even in light of current circumstances. DCCO has received a steady amount of donations of food and household items, but the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic downturn have led to a 50 percent decrease in monetary contributions this year. Although DCCO receives some funding from the Town of Summerville’s Community Development Block Grant program, 92 percent of the organization’s operating expenses are funded by community, church, civic group and individual donations.
DCCO was founded by a group of community-minded citizens with the guiding belief that all people deserve the basic necessities of life. The organization is always seeking partners in its mission to provide a safe environment, support services, and an avenue to independence for those in a housing crisis. For more information about DCCO, or to get involved, visit dcco4homeless.org.
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